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Ratings News - 18th March 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.

Monday 3/17/14 Metered Markets
“Dancing With the Stars” Return Down but Still a Solid Option

ABC 9.1/14
NBC 7 .7/12
CBS 4.7/ 7
Fox 3.6/ 5
CW 0.8/ 1

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 3/18/13:
NBC: +92, CW: +33, ABC and CBS: -15 each, Fox: -27
(Note: NBC featured the season-finale of “The Biggest Loser” on the year-ago evening)


“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “The Voice” (NBC), “The Blacklist” (NBC)

-Honorable Mention:
“How I Met Your Mother” (CBS)

-Losing Steam:
“The Following” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Star-Crossed” (CW), “The Tomorrow People” (CW)


-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC was back in the Monday overnight winner’s circle care of the spring season-premiere of “Dancing With the Stars,” which dominated with a 10.3 rating/16 share from 8-10 p.m. While this bested two-hours of competing “The Voice” on NBC (8.2/13) by 26 percent, “The Voice” will hold a noticeable advantage over “Dancing With the Stars” in all the key young adult demos. Comparably, the “Dancing With the Stars” opener was down by 15 percent from the 12.1/18 on the year-ago evening (which was also a season premiere).

Tops in the overnights at 10 p.m. was NBC’s “The Blacklist,” with a 6.9/11, which beat the competition – “Castle” on ABC (6.6/11) and “Intelligence” on CBS (3.7/ 6) – by 5 and 86 percent, respectively. “The Blacklist” will, of course, hold a much greater advantage over “Castle” in the demos.

CBS had nothing unusual to report with its 8-10 p.m. sitcom combination of soon-to-conclude “How I Met Your Mother” (#3: 5.5/ 9), “2 Broke Girls” (#3: 5.1/ 8), “Mike & Molly” (#3: 5.3/ 8) and “Mom” (#3: 4.8/ 7), which all fit well together. If “The Big Bang Theory” does move back to Monday (as the 8 p.m. anchor) next season, expected an improved performance (and increased HUT levels).

Elsewhere, Fox’s combination of already renewed dramas “Bones” (#4: 4.0/ 6) and fading “The Following” (#4: 3.2/ 5), which dipped by 32 percent from the year-ago evening, finished a distant fourth overall. And the time period premiere of The CW’s on-the-fence “The Tomorrow People” scored a mere 0.8/ 1 in the overnights at 9 p.m., which was actually a slight improvement compared to “Beauty and the Beast” one week earlier (0.7/ 1 on March 10). Failing recent entry “Star-Crossed” averaged a 0.9/ 1 at 8 p.m., which was 29 percent above “The Carrie Diaries” on the year-ago evening (0.7/ 1 on 3/18/13).

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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