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Ratings News - 6th 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 2/05/14 Metered Market Ratings
“American Idol” on Fox Still a Dominant Option

Note: Philadelphia and Boston were excluded from the following averages.

Fox 8.9/14
CBS 6.5/10
ABC 4.6/ 7
NBC 3.7/ 6
CW 1.8/ 3

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 2/06/13:
CBS: + 2, NBC: + 3, Fox: – 3, ABC: – 8, CW: -10


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

-Honorable Mention:
“The Middle” (ABC)

-Critically Acclaimed, but Minimally Sampled:
“Suburgatory” (ABC), “Nashville” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“How to Raise an Olympian “ (NBC), “Super Fun Night” (ABC), “The Tomorrow People” (CW)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Two more hours of the new season of “American Idol” kept Fox in the midweek overnight winner’s circle, with an 8.9 rating/14 share from 8-10 p.m. (peaking in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour at a 9.3/14). Comparably, this was just three percent below the 9.2/15 on the year-ago evening.

Second-place CBS opened with an encore of “Criminal Minds” at a third-place 4.8/ 7 at 8 p.m., followed by the original installment of “Criminal Minds” (#2: 7.8/12) and granddaddy “CSI” (#1: 6.8/11) from 9-11 p.m. Keep in mind that the upcoming spring edition of “Survivor,” themed “Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty” will open on Fb. 26.

“Modern Family” was the Wednesday standout on ABC, of course, with a second-place 7.0/10 in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which was 67 percent above lead-in “Suburgatory” (#3: 4.2/ 6 at 8:30 p.m.). And underrated “The Middle” remained consistent at 8 p.m. with a second-place 5.6/ 9. But the reality of “Suburgatory” was an overnight performance only similar to year-ago occupant “The Neighbors” (and “The Neighbors” should never have been renewed for a second season).

Also on ABC was waiting-to-be axed “Super Fun Night” at a fourth-place 3.1/ 5 at 9:30 p.m., which dipped by 56 percent from “Modern Family,” and sophomore “Nashville” at a third-place 3.7/ 6 at 10 p.m. Year-to-year, “Nashville” was down 10 percent (versus a 4.1/ 7).

Elsewhere, NBC 8 p.m. special, “How to Raise an Olympian” limped out of the gate with a fourth-place 2.7/ 4 in the overnights. Next was “Law & Order: SVU” at a 4.2/ 6 (#4) at 9 p.m., followed by recent entry “Chicago PD,” which just had its freshman episode order increased to 15, at a compatible 4.1/ 7 (#2) at 10 p.m. But the two scripted dramas dipped week-to-week, with “SVU” down by 24 percent and “Chicago PD” off by 13 percent.

Bona fide CW hit “Arrow” rose to a 2.3/ 4 at 8 p.m. (#5), which was right on par from the year-ago evening. And it led into a lackluster 1.2/ 2 (#5) for “The Tomorrow People” at 9 p.m., which is unlikely to improve in the Monday 9 p.m. hour out of new drama “Star-Crossed” effective on March 17.

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.

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