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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.

Wednesday 3/12/14 Metered Market Ratings
Deteriorating “American Idol” Still Enough to Dominate
Fox 6.9/11
CBS 6.5/11
ABC 4.3/ 7
NBC 3.9/ 6
CW 0.8/ 1
-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 3/13/13:
NBC: +50, ABC: +43, CBS: +27, Fox: -24, CW: -27
“Survivor” (CBS), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “CSI” (CBS)
-Down But Not Out…Yet:
“American Idol” (Fox)
“Suburgatory” (ABC), “Nashville” (ABC)
-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Revolution” (NBC), “Mixology” (ABC)
-Ratings Breakdown:
Fox led the Wednesday overnights once again, but its advantage over second-place CBS was only four-tenths of a rating point. And a 6.9 rating/11 share in households for “American Idol” from 8-10 p.m. was 24 percent below the 9.1/15 on the year-ago evening.
On CBS, “Survivor” was close to year-ago levels with a second-place 5.9/10 from 8-9 p.m. And it led into dominant performances for “Criminal Minds” (7.1/11) and “CSI” (6.4/11) from 9-11 p.m. That said, there is every reason to believe Wednesday on CBS will remain intact next season. While I won’t give anything away from “Survivor” last night, I will say that the player most deserving to become sole survivor does now thankfully have a greater chance to succeed.
ABC, unfortunately, continues to squander the lead-in support from “The Middle” and “Modern Family.” “Suburgatory” scored a third-place 3.8/ 6 at 8:30 p.m., which was 25 percent below reliable lead-in “The Middle” (#3: 5.1/ 8). And week three of “Mixology” at 9:30 p.m. did not improve with a fourth-place 3.2/ 5, which was 51 percent below lead-in “Modern Family” (#3: 6.5/10) and was no better than recent failed occupant “Super Fun Night.” While “Modern Family” will have no trouble winning its time period in the key demographics, the multi-honored sitcom is not living up to the accolades this season. Last night’s installment “jumped the shark” for this viewer.
“Nashville” on ABC closed the night at a third-place 3.5/ 6 at 10 p.m., which trailed second-place “Chicago PD” on NBC (4.0/ 6) by 12 percent. But given the network’s more pressing concerns for its crop of freshman dramas this season (excluding “Resurrection” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” of course), there is every reason to believe that “Nashville” will be back next season.
Earlier in the evening on NBC was on-the-fence “Revolution” (#4: 3.4/ 6 at 8 p.m.), which is 50-50 on returning next season, followed by veteran “Law & Order: SVU” at a fourth-place 4.4/ 7 from 9-10 p.m. And The CW populated the evening with encores of dramas “Arrow” (#5: 1.0/ 2) and expected-to-be canceled “The Tomorrow People” (#5: 0.7/ 1).

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

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The current season full ratings tables for both Total Viewers and 18-49 Demos
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