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Ratings News - 24th January 2014

Today's Early Overnight 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.

Thursday 1/23/14 Metered Markets
Soft Opening for “Rake” on Fox
Fox 6.2/10
CBS 5.5/ 9
ABC 2.9/ 5
NBC 2.3/ 4
CW 1.6/ 3
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 1/24/13:
CW: – 6, CBS and Fox: -11 each, NBC: -18, ABC: -41
“The Big Bang Theory” R (CBS), “American Idol” (Fox)
“Rake” (Fox)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
“The Taste” (ABC), “Community” (NBC), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “The Michael J. Fox Show” (NBC), “Sean Saves the World” (NBC)
-Ratings Breakdown:
Fox dominated in the overnights on this fourth Thursday in January, but its competition was a night of all repeats on CBS. In series-premiere news, Fox legal-themed drama “Rake,” starring Greg Kinnear, opened with a second-place 4.5 rating/7 share in the 9 p.m. hour. While that was equal to year-ago occupant “Glee,” retention out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of “American Idol” (#1: 8.3/13) was only 54 percent. And there was a loss of 18 percent in the second half-hour (4.9/ 8 to 4.0/ 6). In other words, this is not a positive start for “Rake.” Let’s see what the demos look like.
“American Idol,” meanwhile, averaged an 8.0/12 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m., which was 16 percent below the 9.5/15 on the year-ago evening. If the erosion this season remains in this vicinity, “American Idol” is still strong enough to stay on the air.
The repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS still managed to win the 8 p.m. half-hour, with an 8.1/13 (versus a 7.6/12 for “American Idol”). And that led into encores of “The Millers” (#2: 5.4/ 8), another episode of “The Big Bang Theory” (#1: 6.0/ 9 at 9 p.m.), a 9:30 p.m. edition of “The Crazy Ones” (#2: 3.8/ 6) and 10 p.m. sophomore drama “Elementary” (#1: 4.8/ 8).
Elsewhere, two-hours of cooking competition “The Taste” on ABC could not compete opposite “American Idol” with a third-place 3.0/ 5 from 8-10 p.m. And that led into a repeat of “Shark Tank” at a third-place 2.7/ 5 at 10 p.m.
NBC was out of the competitive loop, as usual, with its Thursday line-up of “Community” (#4: 2.2/ 3), “Parks and Recreation” (#4: 2.3/ 3), “The Michael J. Fox Show” (#4: 1.6/ 3), “Sean Saves the World” (#4: 1.9/ 3) and “Parenthood,” which perked up to a second-place 2.9/ 5 at 10 p.m. And The CW populated the evening with dramas “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.9/ 3) and “Reign” (#5: 1.4/ 2), which was eight percent above year-ago occupant “Beauty and the Beast” (1.3/ 2 on 1/24/13). Chances of a second season of “Reign” look positive.
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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