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Ratings News - 18th September 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.

Tuesday 9/17/13 Metered Markets
Adequate Sampling for New Fox Comedies

NBC 5.9/10
CBS 5.5/ 9
Fox 3.9/ 6
ABC 2.6/ 4
CW 1.1/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 9/18/12:
CW: +83, Fox: +11, CBS: – 2, NBC: – 3, ABC: -46


“America’s Got Talent” (NBC)

Movie: “Iron Man 2” (ABC), “Capture” (CW)


-Ratings Breakdown:
There were two sitcom premieres last night, “Dads” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Fox, followed by two season premieres – “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project.” And Fox finished third overall in the household overnights for the evening behind NBC and CBS. But there was adequate sampling for the two new shows.

Minus the regularly scheduled competition, “Dads” opened with a second-place 4.2 rating/7 share in the overnights at 8 p.m., which was five percent above a Tuesday 8 p.m. original airing of “New Girl” on 9/25/12. (Two hours of “So You Think You Can Dance” averaged a 3.5/ 6 in the overnights on the year-ago evening). That 4.0 overnight rating for “New Girl” translated into 5.35 million viewers with a 2.8 rating/9 share among adults 18-49, based on the live plus same day data.

Critically acclaimed “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” benefited by the higher HUT levels at 8:30 p.m., with a 4.6/ 7. Comparably, that was 10 percent above lead-in “Dads” and a hefty 59 percent above the debut of failed Tuesday 8:30 p.m. occupant “Ben and Kate” (2.9/ 4 on 9/25/12).

Season three of “New Girl” opened with a third-place 3.9/ 6 in the overnights at 9 p.m., which was on par with its second season opener (on 9/25/12), followed by the second season-premiere of “The Mindy Project” at a third-place 3.0/ 5 at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, “Mindy” slipped by nine percent from its year-ago debut, which translated into 4.67 million viewers and a 2.4/ 6 among adults 18-49. Keep in mind, of course, that a better test will come next week when the regularly scheduled Tuesday line-up kicks-off.

Dominant NBC was carried, of course, by two-hours of “America’s Got Talent,” which topped the night with a 7.0/12 in the overnights from 9-11 p.m. Comparably, that built from lead-in “The Million Second Quiz” (3.6/ 6 from 8-9 p.m.) by 94 percent. And it was the highest Tuesday night average for any of the Big 4 nets since Fox’s Baseball All-Star Game on July 16.

On an all repeat night on CBS, “NCIS” opened with a first-place 7.1/12 at 8 p.m., followed by “NCIS: Los Angeles” (#2: 5.3/ 8) and “Person of Interest” (#2: 4.2/ 7) from 9-11 p.m. CBS, no doubt, will own Tuesday in total viewers next season.

Elsewhere, ABC populated the evening with 2010 theatrical “Iron Man 2,” which averaged a paltry 2.6/ 4 in the overnights from 8-11 p.m. And The CW aired two episodes (original and repeat) of the revival of “Whose Line it It Anyway? (8 p.m.: #5: 1.6/ 3; 8:30 p.m.: #5, 1.5/ 2) and failed reality competition “Capture” (#5, 0.6/ 1).

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Source: Marc Berman@tvmediainsights

About the Daily Ratings

Each day (except Sunday) during the main TV Season we post the TV Ratings for the previous nights primetime shows.

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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