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Ratings News - 21st November 2013

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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 Wednesday Ratings
Clean Sweep for CBS; Disappointing Freshman Entries

Wednesday 11/20/13

CBS 6.9/12
ABC 4.7/ 8
Fox 4.2/ 7
NBC 3.9/ 7
CW 1.7/ 3


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 11/21/12:
ABC and CW: +31 each, NBC: +18, CBS: + 6, Fox: -14


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

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Back in the Game” (ABC), “Super Fun Night” (ABC), “The Tomorrow People” (CW), “Dateline” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy overnight Wednesday victory for CBS with a first-place finish in each half-hour care of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” (6.2 rating/10 share), “Criminal Minds” (7.6/12) and granddaddy “CSI” (6.9/12), which looks like a safe bet to return in 2014-15. Comparably, CBS bested the No. 2 network, ABC, by 47 percent. But ABC is home to the top-rated series of the night among adults 18-49 (and other key young demos), “Modern Family,” which finished second in the 9 p.m. half-hour in the overnights with a 6.9/11.

Considering there are only four episodes of the season left for this edition of “Survivor” (it concludes on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 8-10 p.m.), seven active contestants and three at Exile Island are quite a bit. Expect a few double eviction installments.

ABC has already canceled sitcom “Back in the Game” (#4: 4.1/ 7 at 8:30 p.m.), which dipped from the Thanksgiving-themed episode of lead-in “The Middle” (#2: 5.8/10 at 8 p.m.) by 29 percent. But equally worthy to face the chopping block is “Super Fun Night,” which slipped to fourth at 9:30 p.m. with a 3.6/ 6. Comparably, retention for “Super Fun Night” out of “Modern Family” was a not-so-super 52 percent.

Sophomore “Nashville” capped off the night for ABC with a second-place 4.0/ 7 at 10 p.m., which was one-tenth of a rating point above the 3.9/ 7 one week earlier.

Over at NBC, the fall season-finales of dramas “Revolution” (4: 3.7/ 6) and veteran “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 4.5/ 7) were on par with one week earlier. “Revolution” increased from failed year-ago sitcoms “Whitney” (#4: 2.7/ 5) and “Guys With Kids” (#4: 2.5/ 4) by 48 percent, while “SVU” grew by 18 percent from the 3.8/ 6 on the year-ago evening. At 10 p.m., “Dateline” on NBC finished third with a 3.6/ 6.

Elsewhere, fading “The X Factor” on Fox scored a 4.2/ 7 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m., which was 14 percent below the 4.9/ 8 one year earlier. And recent entry “The Tomorrow People” on The CW scored a disappointing 1.3/ 2 from 9-10 p.m. (#5), which was 38 percent below reliable lead-in “Arrow” (2.1/ 3 at 8 p.m.).

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

Source: Marc Berman@tvmediainsights

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