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Ratings News - 24th March 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.

Sunday 3/23/14 Metered Markets
CBS Leads; Still Solid “Resurrection” on ABC

CBS 7.5/12
ABC 4.6/ 7
NBC 2.9/ 5
Fox 2.4/ 4

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 3/24/13:
ABC: +15, CBS and Fox: + 9 each, NBC: -29


“60 Minutes” (CBS), “The Amazing Race” (CBS), “Resurrection” (ABC), “The Good Wife” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Bob’s Burgers” (Fox), “American Dad” (Fox), “American Dream Builders” (NBC), “Crisis” (NBC), “Believe” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped this fourth Sunday in March, besting No. 2 ABC by 63 percent in the household overnights. But all individual program results are approximate due to the estimated 45-minute late start (due to NCAA Basketball) and they appear as follows by half-hour:

7:00 p.m. – NCAA Basketball: 9.3 rating/17 share (#1)
7:30 p.m. – NCAA Basketball: 10.6/19 (#1) / “60 Minutes”: 8.3/13 (#1)
8:00 p.m. – “60 Minutes”: 8.6/14 (#1)
8:30 p.m. – “60 Minutes”: 8.2/13 (#1) / “The Amazing Race”: 6.0/ 9 (#1)
9:00 p.m. – “The Amazing Race”: 6.3/ 9 (#1)
9:30 p.m. – “The Amazing Race”: 6.8/10 (*#1) / “The Good Wife”: 6.3/ 9 (#2t)
10:00 p.m. – “The Good Wife”: 7.0/11 (#1)
10:30 p.m. – “The Good Wife”: 7.1/12 (#1) / “The Mentalist” 5.4/ 9 (#2)

In series-premiere news, non-scripted “American Believe Builders” on NBC, hosted by Nate Berkus, was DOA with a distant third-place 2.5/ 4 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, that was 40 percent below the second-half of a clips edition of “The Voice” one-week earlier (4.2/ 7 on March 16) and 44 percent below the second half of a year-ago edition of “Dateline” (4.5/ 7 on 3/24/13).

In week three news, ABC drama “Resurrection” slipped to a second-place 6.2/10 from 9-10 p.m., which was 11 percent below one week earlier. But this was still 38 percent above year-ago occupant “Revenge” (4.5/ 7 on 3/24/13). It built from the 8:30 p.m. portion of “Once Upon a Time” (4.3/ 7) by 44 percent. And it is poised for more time period victory in the key young adult demographics. Three-week overnight track for “Resurrection”: 8.5/13 – 7.0/10 – 6.2/10. Since most new series drop at similar percentages in weeks two and three, the true test for “Resurrection” will be to see if it levels off now.

Competing “Believe,” also in episode three, trailed with a third-place 3.3/ 5 in the 9 p.m. hour, which was a noticeable 27 percent below its time period premiere on the week-ago Sunday (4.5/ 7 on March 16). Comparably, “Believe” trailed the first half of year-ago occupant “Celebrity Apprentice” (3.9/ 6 on 3.24/13) by 15 percent. But the one positive was growth out of aforementioned “American Dream Builders” of 32 percent. As a reminder, “Believe” opened with an inflated 6.8/11 in the overnights on Monday, March 10 at 10 p.m. ET (out of “The Voice).

Earlier in the evening on NBC was a repeat of “The Voice” at a 2.2/ 4 from 7-8 p.m. (#3).

Next on NBC was week two of drama “Crisis” with a third-place 3.4/ 6 at 10 p.m., which maintained the lead-in support from “Believe” but dropped from its week-ago opener (4.5/ 8 on March 16) by 24 percent. The second-half of year-ago occupant “Celebrity Apprentice” was stronger at a 4.0/ 7.

Also on ABC, meanwhile, was veteran “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at a second-place 3.9/ 7 at 7 p.m., followed by “Once Upon a Time” at a 4.3/ 7 from 8-9 p.m., which dropped by nine percent from the 4.7/ 7 one week earlier.

On Fox, and also in the third week, was “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” at a last-place 3.0/ 4 in the overnights from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, that was 12 percent from the 3.4/ 5 one week earlier. From 7-9 p.m. on Fox was the animated combination of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 1.6/ 3), “American Dad” (#4: 1.6/ 3), “The Simpsons” (#3t, 2.4/ 4) and “Family Guy” (#3: 2.8/ 4).

Source: Nielsen Media Research

About the Daily Ratings

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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.

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