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Ratings News - May 24th *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.

Thursday 5/23/13
Metered Market Results

CBS 4.6/ 8
ABC 3.9/ 7
Fox 3.1/ 5
NBC 2.2/ 4
CW 0.6/ 1


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 5/25/12:
CW: +20, NBC: no change, CBS: -13, ABC: -20, Fox: -35


“The Big Bang Theory” R (CBS), “Two and a Half Men” R (CBS), “Person of Interest” R (CBS), “Motive” (ABC), “Rookie Blue” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Wipeout” (ABC), “Save Me” (NBC), “Does Someone Have to Go?” (Fox), “Hannibal” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS won this first night of the summer TV season in the overnights, but three of the five networks (CBS, ABC and Fox) were down by double-digit percentages year-to-year. The Eye net was ignited, of course, by “The Big Bang Theory,” which led the night with a 6.0 rating/11 share for an encore at 8 p.m. And that led into repeats of “Two and a Half Men” (#1: 5.1/ 9), “Person of Interest” (#1: 4.7/ 8) and “Elementary” (#2: 3.5/ 6) from 8:30-11 p.m. Unfortunately, you had better get used to the word repeat, which you will be seeing continuously in this section for the next four months.

There were two series premieres last night: sitcom “Save Me” on NBC and reality hour “Does Someone Have to Go?” on Fox, and both were DOA. Two episodes of “Save Me” with Anne Heche averaged a mere 2.8/ 5 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m., with a 2.9/ 5 at 8 p.m. (#3t) and a 2.6/ 5 at 8:30 p.m. (#4). “Does Someone Have to Go?” on Fox, meanwhile, might have to go with a distant third-place 2.3/ 4 from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, the retention out of lead-in “Hell’s Kitchen” (#2: 4.0/ 7 at 8 p.m.) was only 57 percent.

If anyone wants to see Anne Heche, how about a network picking up the off-network rights for 2006-08 cult favorite “Men in Trees”?

Leading out of the double dose of “Save Me” on NBC were repeats of “The Office” (#4: 1.8/ 3) and “Parks and Recreation” (#4: 1.6/ 3) from 9-10 p.m., followed by recent drama entry “Hannibal” at a last-place 2.2/ 4 in the overnights at 10 p.m. At press time, NBC has still not made a decision on the future…if there is one…of graphic “Hannibal.”

Over at ABC, which was in all originals, tired “Wipeout” (#3: 2.8/ 5 at 8 p.m.) led into the time period premiere of Canadian drama “Motive” at a respectable 4.5/ 8 (#2) at 9 p.m., which built from “Wipeout” by a hefty 61 percent. Compared to its Monday preview (4.9/ 8 on May 20 at 9 p.m.), this was a loss of only eight percent. And “Motive” did not have the support from “Dancing With the Stars” last night.

“Motive” led into the season-premiere of Canadian drama “Rookie Blue,” which won the 10 p.m. hour with a 4.3/ 7 in the overnights. Comparably, this was right on par with its year-ago season-premiere.

Last was The CW with its encore combination of “The Vampire Diaries” and “Beauty and the Beast,” which each scored a 0.6/ 1.

To refresh your memory, here is the upcoming Thursday primetime line-up this fall (with new shows in caps):

9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
10:00 p.m. “Scandal”

8:00 p.m. “The Big Bang Theory”
8:30 p.m. “THE MILLERS”
9:00 p.m. “THE CRAZY ONES”
9:30 p.m. “Two and a Half Men” (new time)
10:00 p.m. “Elementary”

8:00 p.m. “Parks and Recreation” (new time)
10:00 p.m. “Parenthood” (new day)

8:00 p.m. The X Factor Results Show
9:00 p.m. Glee (new day and time)

8:00 p.m. The Vampire Diaries
9:00 p.m. “REIGN”

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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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Our Cancellation/Renewal predictions for the current season.
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Historical Ratings Database for nearly all major US shows going back to their first episodes.
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The current season full ratings tables for both Total Viewers and 18-49 Demos
Ratings Scorecard
See how all the shows stack up against each other in the Ratings Scorecard Table.

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