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Ratings News - 16th January 2014

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.

Wednesday 1/15/14 Metered Markets
“American Idol” on Fox Down but Still Dominant

Fox 9.4/15
CBS 5.6/ 9
ABC 4.4/ 7
NBC 3.7/ 6
CW 1.6/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 1/16/13:
NBC: +68, ABC: -14, CW: -16, CBS and Fox: -20 each


“American Idol” (Fox), “The Middle” (ABC), “Arrow” (CW), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “CSI” (CBS)

“Nashville” (ABC), “Chicago PD” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Revolution” (NBC), “Super Fun Night” (ABC), “The Tomorrow People” (CW)


-Ratings Breakdown:
The return of “American Idol” on Fox opened season 13 with a dominant 9.4 rating/15 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m., peaking at 8:30 p.m. with a 9.8/15. While dominance is certainly a positive, “Idol” (now featuring Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr.) dipped year-to-year by 20 percent from an 11.7/18 (on 1/16/13). And that 11.7 overnight rating translated into 17.93 million and a 6.0 rating/16 share among adults 18-49 (according to the live plus same day data).

In week two news, drama “Chicago PD” on NBC, a spin-off of “Chicago Fire,” dropped to a 3.8/ 6 at 10 p.m., which tied “Nashville” on ABC for a distant second in the time period. Comparably, “Chicago PD” dipped by 27 percent from the 5.2/ 9 one week earlier with retention of 88 percent out of the 9:30 p.m. of lead-in “Law & Order: SVU” (4.3/ 7). Comparably, this is only on par with week two of failed fall time period drama “Ironside.” And that 5.2 in the overnights translated into 8.59 million viewers and a 2.0/ 6 among adults 18-49 (according to the live plus same day data).

Earlier in the evening on NBC was sophomore “Revolution” a 3.2/ 5 at 8 p.m. (#4) into a 4.2/ 7 for aforementioned “SVU” (#4) at 9 p.m.

Over at second-place CBS, encores of sitcoms “Two and a Half Men” (#3: 3.5/ 6) and “The Millers” #3t, 3.1/ 5) occupied the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour into original installments of “Criminal Minds” (#2: 6.8/11) and granddaddy “CSI” (#1: 6.9/12) from 9-11 p.m., which beat competing “Nashville” on ABC and “Chicago PD” on NBC by 86 percent.

In season premiere news, ABC sitcom “Suburgatory” returned with a second-place 4.0 6 in the overnights at 8:30 p.m., which dropped from lead-in “The Middle” (#2: 5.4/ 9 at 8 p.m.) by 26 percent. “Modern Family” was the top draw at 9 p.m., of course, with a third-place 6.5/10 (which will surely rank No. 2 in the time period among adults 18-49). And “Super Fun Night” followed with a fourth-place 3.2/ 5 at 9:30 p.m., which dropped by 51 percent from “Modern Family.” Tick, tock…the cancellation clock is ticking.

The CW capped off the evening with “Arrow” at a solid 2.0/ 3 at 8 p.m. (#5), followed by struggling freshman “The Tomorrow People” at a 1.2/ 2 at 9 p.m., which declined by 40 percent from “Arrow.” As a reminder, “The Tomorrow People” is moving to Monday at 9 .m. (out of new drama “Star-Crossed” on March 17). Stepping into the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour on March 19 will be new drama “The 100.”

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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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.
Full Season Tables
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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