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Ratings News - 28th 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.

Monday 1/27/14 Metered Market Ratings
Lackluster Return for “The Following” on Fox

CBS 5.7/ 9
ABC 5.4/ 8
NBC 4.1/ 6
Fox 3.6/ 5
CW 0.9/ 1

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 1/28/13:
CBS: +16, NBC: + 8, ABC: + 6, CW: -10, Fox: -40


“The Bachelor” (ABC), “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), “2 Broke Girls” (CBS), “Mike & Molly” (CBS), “Mom” (CBS), “The Blacklist” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Hollywood Game Night” (NBC), “Hart of Dixie” (CW), “The Following” (Fox), “Beauty and the Beast” (CW)


-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped this fourth Monday in January, beating No. 2 ABC by six percent in the overnights. Recent drama entry “Intelligence” remained the weak link, with a second-place 4.7/ 7 at 10 p.m. But opposite an encore of “Castle” on ABC (#3: 4.4/ 7), this was an increase of 18 percent from the 4.0/ 7 one week earlier (which translated into 5.77 million viewers and a 1/1 rating/3 share among adults 18-49, based on the live plus same day data).

Earlier in the evening on CBS was the 8-10 p.m. sitcom pairing of soon-to-conclude “How I Met Your Mother” (#1 for the evening: 6.7/10), “2 Broke Girls” (#1: 6.1/ 9), “Mike & Molly” (#1: 6.6/10) and freshman “Mom” (#1t: 5.9/ 9), which is now holding enough of the “Mike & Molly” lead-in to be considered a sure thing for renewal.

In time period return news, Kevin Bacon drama “The Following” on Fox disappointed with a third-place 4.5/ 7 in the overnights from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, that was down by 29 percent from the 6.3/ 9 on the year-ago evening. And this loss is only magnified given it returned for season two out of the top-rated NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 19. An encore of “The Following” opened the evening for Fox with a 2.7/ 4 at 8 p.m.

Over at ABC, “The Bachelor” remains comfortable time period filler in between editions of “Dancing With the Stars” with a 5.9/ 9 from 8-10 p.m., which was on par from the year-ago evening. And that led into the aforementioned encore of “Castle” at a third-place 4.4/ 7.

Next was NBC, which benefited by the dominant 6.2/11 for “The Blacklist” at 10 p.m. Comparably, that built from a 9 p.m. edition of “Hollywood Game Night” (#4: 2.8/ 4 at 9 p.m.) by a whopping 121 percent and only enforces its status as the bona fide freshman series hit of the season. Earlier in the evening on NBC was an 8 p.m. edition of failing “Hollywood Game Night” at a third-place 3.3/ 5 from 8-9 p.m.

The CW capped off the evening with the pairing of dramas “Hart of Dixie” (#5: 1.1/ 2) and “Beauty and the Beast” (#5: 0.8/ 1), which has absolutely no shot of a third season.

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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