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Ratings News - 27th 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.

Metered Market Thursday Ratings
CBS Wins; Solid Sampling for “The Crazy Ones” and “The Michael J. Fox Show”

Thursday 9/26/13
Metered Market Results

CBS 9.2/15
ABC 5.6/ 9
Fox 4.2/ 7
NBC 3.7/ 6
CW 0.6/ 1


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 9/27/12:
NBC: +32, CW: no change, CBS: – 1, ABC: -16, Fox: -22


“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “The Crazy Ones” (CBS), “The Michael J. Fox Show” (NBC), “Two and a Half Men” (CBS)

-Notable Erosion:
“The X Factor” (Fox), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Elementary” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “Glee” (Fox), “Parenthood” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS, as expected, won this first Thursday of the new TV season in the household overnights, besting distant No. 2 ABC by a hefty 64 percent. And the Eye net victory was ignited, of course, by two episodes of mega-hit “The Big Bang Theory” (including the sixth season-premiere) at an 11.9 rating/20 share at 8 p.m. and a 12.3/20 at 8:30 p.m. Comparably, “Big Bang,” on average, built over the year-ago opener (10.5/17 on 9/27/12) by 15 percent and it provided ample lead-in support to the debut of Robin Williams sitcom “The Crazy Ones” at 9 p.m.

“The Crazy Ones,” co-starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, launched with a dominant 10.6/16 in the overnights at 9 p.m., which beat the series-premiere of “The Michael J. Fox Show” on NBC (#3: 5.4/ 9) by 96 percent. To put this into perspective, consider the following:

1. “The Crazy Ones” dropped from the 8:30 p.m. telecast of “The Big Bang Theory” by 19 percent (which is certainly respectable).
2. “The Michael J. Fox Show” increased from the 8:30 p.m. portion of the one-hour season premiere of “Parks and Recreation” (2.5/ 4) by 116 percent.
3. “The Crazy Ones” combined with the 11th season premiere of relocated lead-out “Two and a Half Men” (#1: 7.9/13 at 9:30 p.m.) declined by five percent, on average, from the season-opening episode of year-ago occupant “Person of Interest” (9.4/14 on 9/27/12). But the CBS comedies will skew younger, of course.
4. “The Michael J. Fox Show” (in the 9 p.m. half-hour) built from year-ago occupant “The Office” (3.2/ 5 on 9/27/12) by 69 percent.
5. A second episode of “The Michael J. Fox” show followed with an almost identical 5.2/ 8 at 9:30 p.m. In other words, viewers must have liked what they saw.

The bottom-line: Both “The Crazy Ones” and “The Michael J. Fox Show” were certainly sampled. And both will come down in week two (and potentially beyond). But minus “The Big Bang Theory” at 8:30 p.m. next week (new CBS sitcom “The Millers” debuts), “The Crazy Ones” has a greater distance to fall.

Overall, the one-hour season-opening installment of “Parks and Recreation” finished fourth in the 8 p.m. hour with a mere 2.6/ 4.

Sticking with CBS and NBC, season two of drama “Elementary” on the Eye net won the 10 p.m. hour with a 6.6/12 in the overnights. But that dipped by 27 percent from its year-ago series-premiere (9.0/16 on 9/27/12). And relocated “Parenthood” on NBC, which opened season five, dropped to a distant third-place 3.4/ 6. Comparably, however, “Parenthood” was 50 percent above year-ago occupant “Rock Center With Brian Williams” (2.4/ 4 on 9/27/12). But it was 17 percent below its year-ago season-premiere on Tuesday 9/11/12 (4.1/ 7). While the strength of “Parenthood” does fall within the young adult demos, retention of just 63 percent from the 9:30 p.m. edition of “The Michael J. Fox Show” was not positive.

Over at ABC, the two-hour season 10 premiere of medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” scored a 6.6/11 in the overnights from 9-11 p.m., fluctuating by only two-tenths of a rating point in the four half hours. But, compared to the year-ago one-hour season premiere (8.6/13 on 9/27/12), this was a loss of 23 percent. Earlier in the evening on the alphabet net was an encore of the “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot at a third-place 3.6/ 6 at 8 p.m.

On Fox, diluted “The X Factor” (#3: 5.0/ 8 at 8 p.m.), which dropped by 25 percent year-to-year, led into a very disappointing 3.4/ 6 for the fifth season-premiere of “Glee” at 9 p.m. One year earlier, “Glee” averaged a 4.1/ 6 in the hour.

The CW ducked from the competition with repeats of “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 0.7/ 1) and “America’s Next Top Model” (#5: 0.5/ 1).

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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)

Additional Ratings Resources

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The current season full ratings tables for both Total Viewers and 18-49 Demos
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See how all the shows stack up against each other in the Ratings Scorecard Table.

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