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Ratings News - 6th March 2013 (Full Tables Posted)

Today's Early Overnight Ratings

This table shows the early overnight ratings. These ratings are normally adjusted later in the day when all the ratings have been consolidated to take into account any local preemptions and/or overruns. You can find all the final adjusted numbers in our Ratings Database. (See the About section below for details about ratings)

Early Ratings Analysis

The analysis below is based on the early household numbers and are NOT the same as the numbers that will be posted in the above table later. (See the About section below)

For more information on the Nielsen Ratings see this Wikipedia Entry.

NOTE: The opinions expressed here are NOT those of SpoilerTV but of the Author of this Article, Marc Berman.

Metered Market Tuesday Ratings
CBS Wins; ABC, NBC and The CW Struggle

Tuesday 3/05/13

CBS 9.7/15
Fox 7.9/12
ABC 3.4/ 5
NBC 2.3/ 4
CW 0.9/ 1


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 3/07/12:
Fox: +147, CBS: +33, ABC: + 3, CW: -10, NBC: -32


“NCIS” (CBS), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)

-Fading Fast:
“American Idol” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Celebrity Wife Swap” (ABC), “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (NBC), “Hart of Dixie” (CW), “The Taste” (ABC), “Go On” (NBC), “The New Normal” (NBC), “Smash” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Once upon a time the competition could not touch the steamroller named “American Idol.” But two-hours of the sinking singing competition dipped to a 7.9 rating/12 share in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., which trailed competing “NCIS” (12.9 rating/20 share -- #1 for the night) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (#1: 10.0/16) on CBS by an average of 31 percent. “Idol,” of course, will still win the block in adults 18-49 (and other young demos). And “Idol” did hold a significant advantage over year-ago Tuesday night sitcoms “Raising Hope,” “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” “New Girl” and “Breaking In.” But 12 seasons into its run, Fox needs to start planning for a future without “American Idol.”

In week two news, new CBS crime solver “Golden Boy” won the 10 p.m. hour with a 6.2/11 in the overnights. Comparably, however, that was 10 percent below last Tuesday’s preview (6.9/12 on Feb. 26), which translated into 10.56 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/5 share among adults 18-49 (based on the Live Plus Same Day data). The overnight retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9.8/15) was only 63 percent. And moving into its regularly scheduled Friday 9 p.m. time period (out of “Undercover Boss” and into “Blue Bloods”) this week is unlikely to bode well. Word of advice: Do not get too used to “Golden Boy.”

On ABC, week two of the return of “Celebrity Wife Swap” tumbled to a distant third-place 3.5/ 5 at 8 p.m. And that, comparably, was 34 percent below last week’s season-opener (5.3/ 8 on Feb. 26), and 21 percent below failed year-ago drama “The River” (4.3/ 7 on 3/06/12). Minus the lead-in support, cooking/competition “The Taste” was not so tasty as a series-low 2.4/ 4 at 9 p.m. With less competition, older skewing crime solver “Body of Proof” perked up to a second-place 4.6/ 8 at 10 p.m., which was double the 9:30 p.m. portion of “The Taste.”

Elsewhere, NBC could not compete with its combination of a two episodes (repeat and original) of “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (8 p.m.: #4, 2.4/ 4; 8:30 p.m.: #4: 2.3/ 4), “Go On” (#4: 2.3/ 4), “The New Normal” (#4: 1.9/ 3) and “Smash” (#3, 2.5/ 4), which might gain some of its lost audience if NBC flipped its time period with current Monday 10 p.m. clinker “Deception.” The next time someone tells you that lead-in does not matter, remind them of what happened to “Go On” and “The New Normal” after “The Voice” took a break.

As for The CW, on the fence “Hart of Dixie” (which would never have seen a second season if the network had more hit shows) opened with a typically lackluster 1.3/ 2 (#5) at 8 p.m. And it led into a repeat of “Beauty and the Beast” at a 0.6/ 1 at 9 p.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Source: Marc Berman@tvmediainsights

About the Daily Ratings

Each day (except Sunday) we post the TV Ratings for the previous night.

The first item that gets posted (normally around 2pm GMT) is the early overnight analysis based on the early household numbers (these are not the same as the Total Viewers and 18-49 Demo numbers that are posted later).

Later on (normally between 4pm-5pm GMT) we post the official early overnight Total Viewers and 18-49 Demo numbers in the table above.

Finally, later in the evening (10pm-11pm GMT) or the following day, the final adjusted ratings numbers are released, these are then posted in the Ratings Database. The Final Adjusted numbers are what we use for all our Renew/Cancellation Tables, Full Season Tables, Ratings Scorecards etc (see below)

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