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Ratings News - 4th February 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.

Monday 2/03/14 Metered Markets
ABC Wins; CBS Solid; NBC Not Too Pretty

ABC 6.1/ 9
CBS 5.8/ 9
Fox 4.6/ 7
NBC 2.4/ 4
CW 1.0/ 1

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 2/05/13:
CW: +11, ABC: + 3, CBS: -16, Fox: -21, NBC: -29


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

“Hollywood Game Night” (NBC), “Hart of Dixie” (CW), “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful” (NBC), “Beauty and the Beast” (CW)


-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC opened the week on a winning overnight household note care of two-hours of “The Bachelor” (#2: 5.9/ 9 from 8-10 p.m.) and “Castle,” which won the 10 p.m. hour with a 6.4/11. Comparably, time period warmer “The Bachelor” was right on par with the year-ago evening and remains more than adequate filler until “Dancing With the Stars” returns.

Over at CBS, the 8-10 p.m. comedy block — “How I Met Your Mother” (#1: 6.3/10), “2 Broke Girls” (#1t: 5.8/ 9), “Mike & Molly” (#1: 6.6/10) and “Mom” (#2: 5.8/ 9) — was similar to recent positive weeks. And the retention of 88 percent for “Mom” out of “Mike & Molly” makes a renewal for season two a sure thing. Minus NBC’s “The Blacklist” in the competitive Monday 10 p.m. mix, recent CBS drama “Intelligence” rose to a second-place 5.1/ 8, which was 13 percent above the 4.5/ 7 in the overnights one week earlier.

As a reminder, the series-finale of “How I Met Your Mother” will sign-off with a one-hour installment on Monday, March 31 from 8-9 p.m. And it will lead into the series premiere of “Friends With Better Lives,” which tells the comical tale of six friends at different stages of their loves – married, divorced, newly engaged and single. To make room for “Friends With Better Lives,” “2 Broke Girls,” which recently relocated to Monday at 8:30 p.m., will move back to 8 p.m. into “Friends With Better Lives” on April 7.

In the specials department, “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful” flopped on NBC, with a mere 2.0/ 3 in the overnights from 9-11 p.m. And its lead-in, the fun “Hollywood Game Night,” finished fourth at 8 p.m. with a 3.1/ 5.

Over at Fox, the combination of dramas “Almost Human” (#3: 4.7/ 7), which is on the fence for renewal, and “”The Following” (#3: 4.4/ 7) are perfectly compatible. But compared to the year-ago evening (5.8/ 9 on 2/04/13), “The Following” with Kevin Bacon dipped by 24 percent. The CW capped off the evening with its low-rated pairing of “Hart of Dixie” (#5: 1.1/ 2), which moves to Friday at 9 p.m. (out of the return of “Whose Line is it Anyway?”) effective on March 21, and sophomore “Beauty and the Beast” (#5: 0.8/ 1). Moving into the Monday 9 p.m. hour on The CW on March 17 will be “The Tomorrow People.”

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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.

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
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