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Ratings News - 17th October 2013

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 Wednesday Ratings
CBS Wins; Lackluster Freshman Series Results

Wednesday 10/16/13

CBS 6.5/11
Fox 6.0/10
ABC 4.8/ 8
NBC 4.1/ 7
CW 1.9/ 3


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 10/17/12:
Fox: +33, NBC: + 2, CBS: -12, CW: -14, ABC: -20


“Survivor: Blood vs. Water” (CBS), “Toy Story of Terror” (ABC), American League Championship Series, Game 4 (Fox), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “CSI” (CBS)

-A Definite Option:
“The Tomorrow People” (CW)

“Super Fun Night” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Back in the Game” (ABC), “Nashville” (ABC), “Ironside” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was another midweek overnight household victory for CBS, which populated this fourth Wednesday of the TV season with its regularly scheduled line-up of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” (#1: 6.3 rating/11 share at 8 p.m.), “Criminal Minds” (#1 from 9-10 p.m.: 7.0/12) and granddaddy “CSI” (6.1/11 at 10 p.m.), which bested No. 2 “Nashville” on ABC (3.9/ 7) by a hefty 56 percent. While all three of the Eye net series were down year-to-year (“Survivor”: -12 percent, “Criminal Minds”: -10 percent and “CSI”: -16 percent), the overall results are still positive. And “Survivor,” in this viewer’s opinion, is enjoying its best season creatively since that premiere edition in Borneo in 2000. Note to the Emmy voters: It is time for you to notice.

Fox finished a competitive second overall, and could ultimately win the evening in the young adult demographics, thanks to an estimated 6.0/10 in the overnights for Boston at Detroit in game four of the American League Championship Series on Major League Baseball. Results for any live sporting event, of course, are always approximate.

Over at ABC, animated 8 p.m. special “Toy Story of Terror” finished a solid third with a 5.6/ 9 in the overnights. Comparably, that was right on par with regularly scheduled “The Middle” from one week earlier. But episode four of lead-out “Back in the Game” dipped to a series-low 3.8/ 6 at 8:30 p.m., which trailed year-ago occupant “The Neighbors” (5.0/ 8 on 10/17/12) by 24 percent. Four-week overnight track for “Back in the Game”: 5.4/ 9 – 4.7/ 8 – 4.2/ 7 – 3.8/ 6.

“Modern Family” on ABC perked up to a dominant 7.4/12 at 9 p.m., which will have no trouble leading the evening in adults 18-49. But week three of inane “Super Fun Night” slipped another nine percent to a fourth-place 4.3/ 7 at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, that was 23 percent below the season-premiere of “Suburgatory” on the year-ago evening (5.6/ 9 on 10/17/12, out of a 9.0/14 for “Modern Family”). And the retention out of “Modern Family” was just 58 percent. Three-week overnight track for “Super Fun Night”: 5.5/ 9 – 4.7/ 8 – 4.3/ 7. Question for ABC: Why?

Aforementioned “Nashville” capped off the night for the alphabet net with a second-place 3.9/ 7 at 10 p.m., which was 22 percent below the 5.0/ 9 on the year-ago evening.

Elsewhere, relocated NBC drama “Revolution” remained an improvement over failed year-ago 8-9 p.m. comedies “Animal Practice” and “Guys With Kids,” with a fourth-place 3.7/ 6 (which was 21 percent above the sitcoms). Lead-out “Law & Order: SVU” perked up to a 5.1/ 8 at 9 p.m. (#4), but week three of the older skewing revival of “Ironside” dipped to a 3.5/ 6 at 10 p.m. (#3), which was 10 percent below one week earlier and 17 percent below year-ago time period occupant “Chicago Fire” (4.2/ 7 on 10/17/12). Tick, tock…the cancellation clock is ticking. Three-week overnight track for “Ironside”: 5.0/ 9 – 3.9/ 7 – 3.5/ 6.

In episode two news, CW drama “The Tomorrow People” scored a 1.7/ 3 at 9 p.m. (#5), which was just six percent below its week-ago opener (1.8/ 3 on Oct. 9) with retention of 81 percent out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “Arrow” (2.1/ 3). That 1.8 in the overnights translated into 2.32 million viewers and a 0.9 rating/ 2 share among adults 18-49, based on the live plus same day data, which was compatible out of “Arrow.” And the 1.7 in the overnights last night outdelivered year-ago occupant “Supernatural” (1.5/ 2 on 10/17/12) by 13 percent.

“Arrow,” meanwhile, averaged a 2.2/ 4 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m., which was 21 percent below the 2.8/ 5 on the year-ago evening.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Source: Marc Berman@tvmediainsights

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Each day (except Sunday) during the main TV Season we post the TV Ratings for the previous nights primetime shows for the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC). Cable Network ratings will be added to the Ratings Database.

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).

Next, if available, we will post the Top 25 Market 18-49 Ratings to give you a rough idea of the ratings to following.

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

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