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Ratings News - 13th December 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
“The Big Bang Theory” Lifts CBS to Victory

Thursday 12/12/13
Metered Market Results

CBS 6.9/12
ABC 5.0/ 8
NBC 2.7/ 4
Fox 2.7/ 4
CW 1.5/ 3


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 12/13/12:
NBC: + 4, ABC: – 2, CW: – 6, CBS: -22, Fox: -41


“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Scandal” (ABC)

-Honorable Mention:
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

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


-Ratings Breakdown:
Led by an 11.4 rating/19 share for mega-hit “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS topped this second Thursday in December in the overnights with a 38 percent advantage over second-place ABC. But ABC actually finished first from 9-11 p.m. care of “Grey’s Anatomy” (5.8/10: – 8 percent from the year-ago evening) and “”Scandal” (6.6/12: + 18 percent). Comparably, “Scandal” built from the 9:30 p.m. portion of “Grey’s Anatomy” (6.0/10) by 10 percent.

At 8 p.m. on ABC was freshman flop “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” at a fourth-place 2.4/ 4, which was 33 percent below short-lived year-ago drama “Last Resort” (3.6/ 6 on 12/13/12).

Airing out of “The Big Bang Theory” on the Eye net was “The Millers,” which dipped by 39 percent to a 6.9/12 (#1) at 8:30 p.m., followed by second-place time period finishes for “The Crazy Ones” (5.4/ 9), “Two and a Half Men” (5.8/10) and “Elementary” (5.9/10) from 9-11 p.m. While not a bust by any means, erosion of 22 percent in the overnights year-to-year is all the more reason why CBS has some retooling to do on Thursday.

On NBC, holiday competition “The Sing-Off” scored a 3.3/ 6 from 8-9 p.m., while is better than the recent overnights for “Parks and Recreation” (and other comedies in the hour this season and last). But this was 15 percent below the 3.9/ 6 for “The Sing-Off” on Wednesday and 44 percent below the 5.9/ 9 for its season premiere (out of “The Voice”) on Monday.

Next on NBC was the failing combination of “Sean Saves the World” (#4: 2.3/ 4), “The Michael J. Fox Show” (#4: 2.0/ 3) and “Parenthood” (#3: 2.5/ 4) from 9-11 p.m., which has lost any of the minor momentum it had in the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour last season.

Elsewhere, Fox could not compete with sinking “The X Factor” (#2: 3.7/ 6: -31 percent from the year-ago evening) and an encore of “Glee” (#4: 1.7/ 3). And The CW was on par from one week earlier care of dramas “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.7/ 3) and “Reign” (#5: 1.4/ 2), which are not impacted by the network’s upcoming midseason changes.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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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