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Ratings News - 7th 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)

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NOTE: The opinions expressed here are NOT those of SpoilerTV but of the Author of this Article, Marc Berman.

Thursday 2/06/14 Metered Markets
Winter Olympics-Ignited NBC Dominates; Jay Leno Exits “Tonight” With a Four-Year High

Note: The Philadelphia market is excluded from the following averages.

NBC 11.8/18
CBS 6.6/10
Fox 5.2/ 8
ABC 2.4/ 4
CW 1.5/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 2/07/13:
NBC: +436, CW: – 6, Fox: -16, CBS: -27, ABC: -56


XXII Winter Olympics (NBC), “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “American Idol” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“The Taste” (ABC), “Rake” (Fox)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Given that the Opening Ceremony is airing this evening, it was odd to see NBC populate Thursday with coverage of figure skating, snowboarding and freestyle skiing from the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. But the network did reign supreme (on a night it has no traction on) with an 11.8 rating/18 share in primetime, peaking in the 9 p.m. half-hour with a 12.9/19 and beating No. 2 CBS by 79 percent. What follows is the half-hour breakdown:

8:00 p.m.: 11.5/18
8:30 p.m.: 12.1/18
9:00 p.m.: 12.9/19
9:30 p.m.: 12.3/19
10:00 p.m.: 11.8/19
10:30 p.m.: 9.9/17

Immediately following the local news was the departure of Jay Leno as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” which averaged a stellar 9.2/22 in the overnights from 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. (boosting lead-out “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to a record 4.6/15 from 12:30-1:30 a.m.). Comparably, this was “Tonight’s” best overnight rating since March 2009, with a 229 percent advantage over the season to-date average prior to this week (2.8/ 7).

Despite facing The Winter Olympics, CBS dropped by only seven percent in the overnights from one week earlier. Mega-hit “The Big Bang Theory” finished second behind The Olympics with a still solid 11.0/17 at 8 p.m. And, yes…Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) have finally gotten to first base! Next was “The Millers” at a third-place 6.3/ 9 at 8:30 p.m., which was 43 percent below “The Big Bang Theory.” The remainder of the Eye net line-up — “The Crazy Ones” (#2: 4.8/ 7), “Two and a Half Men” (#2: 5.4/ 8) and “Elementary” (#2: 6.10) from 9-11 p.m. – also only lost minor steam week-to-week. And the growth of 12 percent for “Two and a Half Men” out of “The Crazy Ones” (rare for a 9:30 p.m. sitcom) is all the more reason to believe CBS will be asking Warner Bros. for a 12th season renewal.

Over at Fox, “American Idol” was right on par from last week despite facing The Olympics, with a 7.4/11 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. (which was just 11 percent below the 8.4/13 one year earlier). But recent entry “Rake” slipped to a series-low 3.0/ 5 at 9 p.m., which was 62 percent below the 8:30 p.m. portion of “American Idol” (7.8/12). Three-week overnight track for “Rake”: 4.5/ 7 – 3.6/ 6 – 3.0/ 5.

Elsewhere, cooking competition “The Taste” on ABC slipped to a series-low 2.5/ 4 (#4) from 8-10 p.m., which led into a 2.3/ 4 (#3) for an encore of “Shark Tank” at 10 p.m. And The CW was equal to one week earlier with its pairing of dramas “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.7/ 3) and “Reign” (#5: 1.3/ 2), which probably has a better chance of a second season renewal than also on-the-fence “The Tomorrow People.”

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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