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Ratings News - 1st November 2013

Today's Early Overnight 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 Loses Steam Minus an Original “The Big Bang Theory”

Thursday 10/31/13
Metered Market Results

ABC 5.9/10
CBS 5.9/10
NBC 3.1/ 5
Fox 2.0/ 3
CW 1.4/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 11/01/12:
NBC: no change, CW: -18, CBS: -31, ABC: -32, Fox: -57


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

-Honorable Mention:
“Saturday Night Live”: SNL Halloween (NBC), “The Crazy Ones” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“The X Factor” (Fox), “Sean Saves the World” (NBC), “The Michael J. Fox Show” (NBC), “Parenthood” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC and CBS topped this Halloween Thursday in the household overnights, but the steep year-to-year erosion for the Eye net is a reflection of “The Big Bang Theory” not being an original telecast. Similar deterioration for ABC was due to “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” airing on the year-ago evening.

The first of two encore telecasts of aforementioned “The Big Bang Theory” opened with a dominant 7.2 rating/13 share at 8 p.m., which led into an also first-place 6.0/10 for “The Millers” at 8:30 p.m. Although “The Millers” dropped by 10 percent from one week earlier (6.7/11 on Oct. 24), improved retention out of “the Big Bang Theory” last night of 83 percent (versus just 60 percent last week) makes the recent full season episode order the correct decision by CBS. As for Carol Miller, who is a combination of “Maude” and “Hazel”…do not mess with her!

Episode six of CBS’ “The Crazy Ones” also lost some steam minus the original “Big Bang Theory” 8 p.m. anchor support, but a second-place 5.1/ 9 at 9 p.m. was compatible out of “The Millers.” And a second repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” followed with an identical 5.1/ 9 (#2) at 9:30 p.m. Sheldon, Leonard and company are always worth revisiting, aren’t they?

Sophomore drama “Elementary” capped off the evening for CBS with a second-place 5.9/10 in the overnights at 10 p.m., which trailed competing “Scandal” on ABC (#1: 6.8/12) by 13 percent. “Elementary,” which has garnered impressive DVR usage this season, dipped by 16 percent in the overnights year-to-year.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was the annual encore airing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” tied for second at 8 p.m. with a 4.1/ 7, followed by reliable “Grey’s Anatomy” at a dominant 6.7/11 from 9-10 p.m.

NBC got a boost in the 8 p.m. hour care of the 4.1/ 7 (#2t) for the “Saturday Night Live” Halloween special, which lifted the network to its best non-sports overnight rating in the time period since “A White House Christmas” on Dec. 20, 2012 (5.7/ 9). But freshman comedies “Sean Saves the World” (#3: 2.8/ 5) and “The Michael J. Fox Show” (#3: 2.6/ 4) remained out of the competitive loop from 9-10 p.m. And a 2.5/ 5 (#3) for “Parenthood” at 10 p.m. is both surprising and disappointing given its slight momentum in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour last season.

Fox, of course, was hoping for a seventh game in the “2013 World Series.” But since that did not happen, it filled this Halloween Eve with a “Meet the Top 12” edition of “The X Factor” (#4: 2.6/ 5), followed by a repeat of “Glee” at a mere 1.5/ 3 (#4) at 9 p.m. Is anyone really interested in “The X Factor” this season?

Over at The CW, “The Vampire Diaries” lost steam, as expected, with a 1.6/ 3 (#5) at 8 p.m. down by 11 percent from the 1.8/ 3 one week earlier. And episode three of lead-out period drama “Reign” dropped another one-tenth of a rating point to a 1.3/ 2 at 9 p.m. (#5), which last Thursday dipped from lead-in “The Vampire Diaries” by 38 percent among adults 18-49 (1.3/ 4 to 0.8/ 2). Three-week overnight track for “Reign”: 1.5/ 2 – 1.4/ 2 – 1.3/ 2. Of the three new CW dramas this fall, “The Originals,” no doubt, stands the greatest chance of a full-season renewal. Least likely to survive past this season is “Reign.”

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)

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