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Ratings News - 27th February 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.

Wednesday 2/26/14 Metered Market Ratings
Consistent Return for “Survivor” on CBS; “Mixology” DOA on ABC

Fox 7.2/11
CBS 6.0/10
NBC 4.5/ 7
ABC 4.3/ 7
CW 1.6/ 3

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 2/27/13:
NBC: +18, CBS: – 9, ABC: -12, Fox: -17, CW: -20


“Survivor” (CBS), “Arrow” (CW), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS)

-Down But Still Dominant:
“American Idol” (Fox)

-Honorable Mention:
“Law & Order: SVU” (NBC), “Chicago PD” (NBC)

“Revolution” (NBC), “Mixology” (ABC), “The Tomorrow People” (CW), “Nashville” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Two-hours of “American Idol” led Fox to midweek overnight victory. But a 7.2 rating/11 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. was 17 percent below the 8.7/14 on the year-ago evening, which at this point should be no surprise to anyone.

In series-premiere news, ABC sitcom “Mixology” finished fourth in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour with a disappointing 3.6/ 6 in the overnights. Comparably, retention out of lead-in “Modern Family” (#2: 6.5/10 at 9 p.m.) was only 55 percent, and this was 35 percent below the debut of former time period occupant “Super Fun Night” (5.5/ 9 out of an 8.0/13 for “Modern Family” on 10/02/13). Since most new series drop 10 to 20 percent in week two, consider these initial results for “Mixology” DOA.

Sophomore “Nashville” on ABC followed “Mixology” with a distant third-place 3.3/ 6 at 10 p.m., which was 15 percent below the 3.9/ 7 on the year-ago evening. Unfortunately, “Suburgatory” is no better than year-ago occupant “The Neighbors.”

Earlier in the night on the alphabet net was always reliable “The Middle” at a third-place 5.1/ 8 at 8 p.m., followed by recent returnee “Suburgatory” at a disappointing 3.9/ 6 at 8:30 p.m.

In season-premiere news, two-hours (and two episodes) of “Survivor” on CBS, themed “Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty” scored a 5.7/ 9 from 8-10 p.m., which was four percent above the opening overnight levels for year-ago edition “Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites” (5.3/ 9 on 2/13/13). Only three-tenths of a rating point separated the four half-hours as follows: 5.9/10 – 5.7/ 9 – 5.7/ 9 – 5.6/ 9.

CBS capped off the night with a 10 p.m. edition of “Criminal Minds” at a dominant 6.5/11.

Over at NBC, sophomore “Revolution” was below average at a distant fourth-place 3.2/ 5 in the overnights at 8 p.m., which does not bode well for a second season renewal. But veteran “Law & Order: SVU” perked up to a 5.3/ 8 (#4) at 9 p.m., which was up by 23 percent from its last telecast on Feb. 5 (4.3/ 6). And episode six of lead-out “Chicago PD” remained a compatible fit at a second-place 4.9/ 8 at 10 p.m., which was a 20 percent gain from its last episode (4.1/ 7 on Feb. 5). Comparably, this was the second highest rated installment of “Chicago PD.

The CW capped off primetime with solid “Arrow” at a 2.1/ 3 in the 8 p.m. hour, followed by questionable “The Tomorrow People” at a 1.2/ 2 at 9 p.m.

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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