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Ratings News - 15th November 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)

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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 Down but Still Dominant; NBC an Embarrassment

Thursday 11/14/13
Metered Market Results

CBS 6.8/11
ABC 5.1/ 9
Fox 3.4/ 6
NBC 2.3/ 4
CW 1.6/ 3


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 11/15/12:
ABC: no change, CW: – 6, NBC: -15, CBS: -23, Fox: -28


“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC)

“The Millers” (CBS)

-Fading Fast:
“The X Factor” (Fox)

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


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was another Thursday overnight household victory for CBS thanks to “The Big Bang Theory,” which topped the night at 8 p.m. with an 11.5 rating/19 share. Comparably, that was three percent above the 11.2/18 on the year-ago evening. But lead-out “The Millers” slipped to a still dominant 6.8/11 at 8:30 p.m., which was 23 percent below year-ago occupant “Two and a Half Men” (8.8/14 on 11/15/12). And retention for “The Millers” out of “The Big Bang Theory” was only 59 percent (versus 79 percent for “Two and a Half Men” out of Sheldon, Leonard and company one year earlier). With weaker lead-in support, recent entry “The Crazy Ones” and relocated “Two and a Half Men” from 9-10 p.m. were down by 40 percent, on average, from year-ago occupant “Person of Interest” (9.3/15 on 11/15/12) in the overnights.

“The Crazy Ones,” featuring guest star Brad Garrett, finished second at 9 p.m. with a 5.4/ 9, which was 21 percent below lead-in “The Millers.” And “Two and a Half Men,” featuring a cameo by “Survivor” host Jeff Probst, followed with a 5.8/ 9 (#2) at 9:30 p.m., which was 34 percent below its year-ago telecast (out of “The Big Bang Theory”). While not a bust, CBS’ expanded Thursday 8-10 p.m. comedy block is still lacking.

At 10 p.m. on the Eye net was sophomore “Elementary” at a second-place 5.7/10, which was 20 percent below the 7.1/12 one year earlier.

On NBC, two episodes of sitcom “Parks and Recreation” returned after a three-week absence with an uneventful (and fourth-place) 2.3/ 4 at 8 p.m. and a 2.2/ 4 at 8:30 p.m. Minus the lead-in support from “The Voice” from 8-9 p.m. last week, “Sean Saves the World” slipped from a 3.3/ 5 to a 2.3/ 4 (#4) at 9 p.m., with “The Michael J. Fox Show” at a 2.1/ 3 at 9:30 p.m. In the very distant third-place spot at 10 p.m. was drama “Parenthood” at a 2.6/ 5. Note to NBC: this is a disaster and the upcoming return of sitcom “Community” is unlikely to help.

Over at second-place ABC, struggling “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” matched its week-ago overnight performance, with a distant third-place 2.6/ 4 at 8 p.m. But veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” perked up to a dominant 6.1/10 from 9-10 p.m., followed by “Scandal,” also from Shonda Rhimes, at a first-place 6.5/12 at 10 p.m. Year-to-year, “Scandal” increased by 38 percent.

Elsewhere, fading “The X Factor” on Fox finished a very distant second in the 8 p.m. hour with a 3.9/ 6, which was 29 percent below the year-ago evening (5.5/ 9 on 11/15/12). And that led into a third-place 3.0/ 5 for tired “Glee” at 9 p.m., which slipped by 21 percent year-to-year. Although Fox will be boasting later today about the week-to-week growth for “The X Factor,” don’t forget that it faced “The Voice” on NBC last week.

The CW, meanwhile, featured “The Vampire Diaries” at a 1.8/ 3 (#5) at 8 p.m., followed by episode five of full season-renewed “Reign” at a 1.4/ 2 (#5) at 9 p.m., which was 17 percent above year-ago occupant “Beauty and the Beast” (1.2/ 2 on 11/15/12). Retention of 78 percent for “Reign” out of “The Vampire Diaries” last night was notably better than the 57 percent for “Beauty and the Beauty” in the time period last year.

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). Friday's Final Adjusted Ratings are normally available on the following Monday.

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