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Ratings News - 6th 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
Unprecedented Victory for NBC

Thursday 12/05/13
Metered Market Results

NBC 10.9/18
CBS 6.2/10
ABC 4.6/ 7
Fox 2.9/ 5
CW 1.5/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 12/06/12:
NBC: +319, CW: – 6, ABC: -12, CBS: -28, Fox: -37


“The Sound of Music Live!” (NBC), “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Scandal” (ABC)

-Honorable Mention:
“Two and a Half Men” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (ABC), “The X Factor” (Fox), “Glee” (Fox)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Given the low benchmark for comparison, there was every reason to believe the live production of “The Sound of Music” would ignite NBC. But a 10.9 rating/18 share in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m. is more than anyone could have expected. And it proves both the value, and importance, of event type programming on network television. It is still very relevant.

“The Sound of Music Live!” opened with a 10.9/18 in the 8 p.m. half-hour, which was eight percent above the 10.1/16 for normally undefeated “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS (10.1/16). And it ended with a still stellar 10.5/17 at 10:30 p.m., with a first-place finish in each of the six half-hours as follows:

8:00 p.m.: 10.9/18
8:30 p.m.: 11.5/18
9:00 p.m.: 11.3/18
9:30 p.m.: 11.2/18
10:00 p.m.: 10.5/17
10:30 p.m.: 10.0/17

Comparably, “The Sound of Music Live!” bested the year-ago combination of “30 Rock,” “Up All Night,” “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Rock Center With Brian Williams” by a mammoth 319 percent, with similar overnight gains over the current season line-up. The bottom line: This is a massive win for both NBC and the entire television landscape, and proof that network television can still steam up the water-cooler. Congratulations, NBC!

Elsewhere, each of the four competing networks posted losses from the year-ago evening with Fox the bigger loser at erosion of 37 percent in the overnights, overall, with its pairing of “The X Factor” (#3: 3.5/ 6) and “Glee” (#4: 2.4/ 4).

On CBS, freshman sitcom “The Millers” dipped by 42 percent out of “The Big Bang Theory,” with a 5.9/ 9 (#2) at 8:30 p.m. Next was “The Crazy Ones” (#3: 4.9/ 8 at 9 p.m.), followed by “Two and a Half Men” at a second-place 5.6/ 9 at 9:30 p.m., which built by 14 percent. “Elementary” was third at 10 p.m. with a respectable 5.4/ 9. Note to Paula Marshall, who guest-starred on “Two and a Half Men” last night: great to see you back where you belong!

Over at ABC, soon-to-conclude “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” was off the map with a mere 2.2/ 4 (#4) at 8 p.m., followed by veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” at a second-place 5.2/ 8 from 9-10 p.m. Despite facing “The Sound of Music Live!,” “Scandal” rose to a solid second-place 6.2/11 from 10-11 p.m. (which was 13 percent above one year earlier). It will be interesting to see what the variation will be demographically opposite “The Sound of Music Live” for all shows last night.

The CW capped off the night with a below average 1.6/ 3 for “The Vampire Diaries” at 8 p.m. (#5) into a typical 1.3/ 2 for “Reign” at 9 p.m.

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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