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Ratings News - 25th 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 Thursday Ratings
“The World Series” Boosts Dominant Fox

Thursday 10/24/13
Metered Market Results

Fox 8.9/15
CBS 6.8/11
ABC 5.2/ 9
NBC 3.0/ 5
CW 1.6/ 3


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 10/25/12:
Fox: +13, NBC: + 7, ABC: – 2, CW: -11, CBS: -20


“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “The World Series,” Game 2 (Fox), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (ABC), “Sean Saves the World” (NBC), “The Michael J. Fox Show” (NBC), “Reign” (CW), “Parenthood” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Fox took center stage on this fourth Thursday in October care of game two of “The World Series.” The St. Louis Cardinals at the Boston Red Sox match-up averaged an estimated 9.2 rating/15 share in the overnights in primetime, peaking in the 10 p.m. half-hour at a 10.7/18. Comparably, this is five percent above the year-ago match-up between San Francisco and Detroit (8.8/14 on 10/25/12). And it is, of course, approximate due to the live nature of the sporting evening.

The top-rated show of the evening, as always, was mega-hit “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS with an 11.1/18 in the overnights at 8 p.m. And that led into episode four of “The Millers,” which dipped to a series-low (and second-place) 6.7/11 at 8:30 p.m. (with retention of 60 percent out of “The Big Bang Theory”). One week earlier, “The Millers” scored a 7.6/12 (with retention of 67 percent out of Sheldon, Leonard and company) opposite the Baseball Playoffs on Fox.

With weaker lead-in support, episode five of “The Crazy Ones” also hit a series low on CBS with a third-place 5.6/ 9 at 9 p.m. Comparably, that was down by 12 percent from the 6.4/10 one week earlier. But veteran “Two and a Half Men” perked up to a 5.8/ 9 at 9:30 p.m., and the two sitcoms, on average, were 35 percent below the 8.8/14 in the overnights for year-ago occupant “Person of Interest.” While the difference in the young adult demos will not be as severe, it will be noticeable.

Sophomore “Elementary” capped off the evening for CBS with a third-place 5.7/10, which was 21 percent below the 7.2/12 on the year-ago evening (7.2/12 on 10/25/12).

In week three news, ABC fantasy drama “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” slipped to a 2.7/ 4 (#4) in the 8 p.m. hour, which was 16 percent below its week-ago telecast and 39 percent below failed year-ago drama “Last Resort” (4.4/ 7 on 10/25/12). Three-week overnight track for “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”: 3.6/ 6 – 3.2/ 5 – 2.7/ 4. All together now: Tick, tock…the cancellation clock is ticking.

The alphabet net had netter news care of veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” (#2: 6.3/10 at 9 p.m., – 6 percent from the year-ago evening) and perfectly compatible “Scandal” (#2: 6.6/11 at 10 p.m.), which increased by 37 percent year-ago year. Note to Joshua Malina: I hate to say “I told you so,” but I did!

In week two news, CW drama “Reign” dropped by one-tenth of a rating point (or seven percent) to a 1.4/ 2 in the overnights at 9 p.m., which was 22 percent below lead-in “The Vampire Diaries” (1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.). And the 1.5/ 2 in the overnights for “Reign” last week translated into 1.98 million viewers and a 0.8/ 2 among adults 18-49 (out of 2.93 million viewers and a 1.3/ 4 in the demo for “The Vampire Diaries”).

Over at NBC, an encore of “The Voice” filled in for “Parks and Recreation” and canceled “Welcome to the Family” and it averaged a third-place 3.6/ 6 from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, that was 67 percent above the two comedies last week. While the 9-11 p.m. block did slightly benefit, the overnight results for “Sean Saves the World” (#4: 2.9/ 5), “The Michael J. Fox Show” (#4: 2.5/ 4) and relocated “Parenthood” (#4: 2.7/ 5) were still sorely lacking. Unfortunately, it looks like that “fresh freckled face in the neighborhood,” Linda Lavin, is not “gonna stay awhile”….ba ba bum bum bummmm.

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

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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.