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Ratings News - 3rd 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
Disappointing “Super Fun Night” Opener on ABC; Respectable “Ironside” on NBC

Wednesday 10/02/13

CBS 6.5/11
Fox 5.7/ 9
ABC 5.4/ 9
NBC 4.6/ 8
CW 1.1/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 10/03/12:
NBC: +21, CBS: – 7, Fox: -16, ABC: -21, CW: -52


“Survivor: Blood vs. Water” (CBS), “The Middle” (ABC), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
“Law & Order: SVU” (NBC), “CSI” (CBS), “Ironside” (NBC)

“Super Fun Night” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):


-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS led the midweek troops on this second Wednesday of the new TV season with its combination of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” (#1: 6.2 rating/10 share; – 7 percent from the year-ago edition set in the Philippines), “Criminal Minds” (#1 overall: 7.2/12 from 9-10 p.m.; – 3 percent) and “CSI” (#1: 6.1/11; -13). The minor losses for the trio are still very livable, and the abrupt departure of Colton…again…from still addictive “Survivor” is all the more reason to hopefully believe his “15 minutes” are officially up. Enough already!

There were two series premieres last night: sitcom “Super Fun Night” on ABC and crime drama “Ironside” on NBC.

“Super Fun Night” debuted with a third-place 5.5/ 9 in the overnights at 9:30 p.m., which was on par with the year-ago season-opening episode of former time period occupant “Suburgatory” (5.6/ 9 on 10/17/12) and 31 percent below lead-in “Modern Family” (#1: 8.0/13 at 8 p.m.). While no one expected “Super Fun Night” to fully maintain the ample “Modern Family” lead-in, given the hype this is a disappointing start for Rebel Wilson and company. Don’t forget that most new shows drop 10 to 20 percent in week two (and another 10 percent in week three).

The revival of “Ironside” on NBC with Blair Underwood, meanwhile, fit like a glove out of veteran “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 p.m., with a second-place 5.0/ 9 in the overnights at 10 p.m. Comparably, this was six percent above year-ago occupant “Chicago Fire” (4.7/ 8 on 10/10/12), and the retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “SVU” was 98 percent. Consider this a positive start for “Ironside.”

Overall, “Law & Order: SVU” averaged a 4.9/ 8 in the overnights from 9-10 p.m., which was 17 percent above the 4.2/ 6 on the year-ago evening. For a show in its 15th season, any growth is unprecedented.

Earlier on NBC was relocated sophomore drama “Revolution” at a fourth-place 3.9/ 7 from 8-9 p.m., which was 42 percent above the failed year-ago combination of sitcoms “Animal Practice” (2.7/ 4 on 10/10/12) and “Guys With Kids” (2.8/ 4). One week earlier, “Revolution” opened with a 4.4/ 7 in the overnights, which translated into 6.81 million viewers and a 1.8 rating/6 share among adults 18-49, based on the live plus same day data. In other words, “Revolution” is doing better than this critic personally expected.

In episode two news, ABC sitcom “Back in the Game” dipped to a 4.7/ 8 in the overnights at 8:30 p.m. (#2), which was 13 percent below its series-opener (5.4/ 9 on Sept. 25) and on par with year-ago occupant “The Neighbors.” Comparably, the retention for “Back in the Game” out of always-reliable “The Middle” (#2t: 5.7/ 9) was acceptable at 82 percent.

At 10 p.m. on ABC was sophomore drama “Nashville” at a third-place 4.1/ 7, which was seven percent below its season-opening 4.4/ 8 one week earlier (which translated into 6.50 million viewers and a 2.0/ 6 among adults 18-49). While it could be better, it can also be worse.

Over at Fox, two hours of “The X Factor” was on the map with a second-place 5.7/ 9 from 8-10 p.m., which could challenge both ABC and CBS for first among adults 18-49 (and other key demos) for the evening. But this was 16 percent below the 6.8/11 one year earlier.

The CW capped off the night with a clips edition of “Arrow” (#5: 1.3/ 2) and two repeat episodes of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (#5: avg. 0.9/ 2 from 9-10 p.m.).

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 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)

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