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Ratings News - 22nd November 2013

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CW and FOX Numbers are probably inflated due to football pre-emptions in some markets

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 Wins; ABC Tops from 9-11 p.m.

Thursday 11/21/13
Metered Market Results

CBS 7.0/12
ABC 5.2/ 9
Fox 3.5/ 6
NBC 2.3/ 4
CW 1.6/ 3


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 11/22/12:
Note: The year-ago Thursday was Thanksgiving.
CW: +167, ABC: +93, CBS: +63, Fox: -37, NBC: -78


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

-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), “Reign” (CW), “Parenthood” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Led by mega-hit “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS topped this third Thursday in November with an average 35 percent advantage over second-place ABC. But the Eye net has slipped to second from 9-11 p.m. in the overnights behind ABC’s compatible combination of veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” (6.3 rating/10 share) and “Scandal” (6.8/12) from 9-11 p.m. The Thanksgiving-themed episode of “The Big Bang Theory” opened with a hefty 11.7/19 at 8 p.m., followed by “The Millers” (#1: 7.3/12), which slipped by 38 percent out of “Big Bang,” “The Crazy Ones” (#2: 5.3/ 9), “Two and a Half Men” (#2: 5.6/ 9) and sophomore “Elementary” (#2: 6.0/10). While the 9-11 p.m. block on CBS is not a bust, “Person of Interest” was a stronger option in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour last season. And moving to Tuesday at 10 p.m. has cost it some viewers.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was soon-to-conclude “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” at a distant third-place 2.5/ 4 at 8 p.m. Note to the networks: Never order a spin-off from a show that is already declining.

Over at Fox, fading “The X Factor” (#2: 4.1/ 7), which slipped by 47 percent from the 7.7/16 in the overnights on the year-ago evening, led into a weak (and distant third-place) 2.9/ 5 for “Glee” at 9 p.m. At this point, “Glee” is unlikely to benefit by moving back into the Tuesday 8 p.m. hour on Feb. 25. Like any high school-based shows, the shelf life is limited.

Elsewhere, NBC’s line-up of “Parks and Recreation” (two episodes: #4, avg. 2.2/ 4 from 8-9 p.m.), “Sean Saves the World” (#4: 2.2/ 4), “The Michael J. Fox Show” (#4: 2.0/ 3) and relocated “Parenthood” (#3: 2.7/ 5) remains a colossal bust. And the upcoming return of “Community” to the Thursday 8 p.m. half-hour on January 9th is unlikely to help. The CW, meanwhile, was on par from one week earlier with its combination of dramas “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.8/ 3) and “Reign” (#5: 1.3/ 2). The expected hefty demo slippage for “Reign” at 9 p.m. keeps it in the “losers” listing.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Source: Marc Berman@tvmediainsights

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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.
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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.

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