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Ratings News - 21st 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.

Sunday 10/20/13 Metered Markets
Football Ignited NBC Dominates

NBC 13.5/22
CBS 9.0/14
ABC 3.6/ 6
Fox 1.8/ 3

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 10/21/12:
NBC: +57, CBS: -20, ABC: -25, Fox: -55


“Sunday Night Football” (NBC), “60 Minutes” (CBS)

-Fading Fast:
“Once Upon a Time” (ABC), “Revenge” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Betrayal” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC continues to own fourth-quarter on Sunday care of football, with last night’s match-up — Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts — at an approximate (and season high) 17.6 rating/28 share in the overnights from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Comparably, that beat the year-ago match-up (Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals: 11.8/17 on 10/21/12) by an estimated 51 percent. As a reminder, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was pre-game “Football Night in America” at a 2.2/ 4 at 7 p.m. (#3), a 6.2/11 at 7:30 p.m. (#2), and a dominant 10.7/18 at 8 p.m.

CBS also benefited from football with a 17.0/30 in the overnights for a primetime overrun in the 7 p.m. half-hour. Keeping in mind that the individual program results for the Eye net are estimated, next was granddaddy “60 Minutes” at an inflated (and dominant) 11.2/18 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by the regularly scheduled rotation of “The Amazing Race” (#3: 6.6/10 from 8:30-9:30 p.m.), “The Good Wife” (#2: 6.7/10 from 9:30-10:30 p.m.) and “The Mentalist” (#1: 5.6/10 from 10:30-11:30 p.m.).

Elsewhere, ABC continues to bleed by double-digit percentages from the year-ago evening with its line-up of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (#2: 3.4/ 6; – 8 percent from one year earlier), “Once Upon a Time” (#3: 4.4/ 7; -27), “Revenge” (#3: 4.2/ 6; -30) and recently introduced “Betrayal” (#3: 2.4/ 4), which was 27 percent below the 3.3/ 6 for failed drama “666 Park Avenue” on the year-ago evening. And Fox finished fourth in each of its six half-hours with encores of “Bob’s Burgers” (1.9/ 3), “Family Guy” (1.8/ 3), two episodes of “The Simpsons” (avg. 2.0/ 3 from 8-9 p.m.), the regularly scheduled installment of “Family Guy” (1.6/ 2) and “American Dad” (1.5/ 2).

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 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.

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

If you’re interested in Ratings/Renewals/Cancellations then we have a number of resources here at SpoilerTV that we recommend you check out.

Our Cancellation/Renewal predictions for the current season.
Ratings Database
Historical Ratings Database for nearly all major US shows going back to their first episodes.
Full Season Tables
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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