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Ratings News - 27th March 2014

27 Mar 2014

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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 3/26/14 Metered Market Ratings
Promising News for Week Two of “The 100” on The CW

Fox 6.6/10
CBS 5.2/ 8
ABC 4.3/ 7
NBC 2.5/ 4
CW 1.9/ 3

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 3/27/13:
CBS: +13, CW: + 6, ABC: – 7, Fox: -20, NBC: -36


“Survivor” (CBS), “The Middle” (ABC), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Arrow” (CW), “The 100” (CW)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes” (NBC), “Mixology” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
With two-hours of the CBS line-up in repeats, deteriorating “American Idol” led Fox to midweek victory. “Idol” averaged a 6.6 rating/10 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m., peaking at a 6.8/11 in the 9 p.m. hour. But compared to the 8.3/13 one year earlier, this was a loss of 20 percent.

Competing 8-9 p.m. occupant “Survivor” on CBS trailed the first hour of “American Idol” by six percent. But a 6.0/10 for “Survivor” was on par with the year-ago edition (“Survivor: Caramoan”: 6.2/10 on 3/27/13). And it should have no trouble surpassing “Idol” among adults 18-49 (and other key demos). As for last night’s telecast of “Survivor,” one of the contestants who I personally predicted would be one of the fiercest competitors turned out to be one of the biggest wimps in the history of the franchise. As the old saying goes: “Never judge a book by its cover.”

“Survivor” led into encore telecasts of “Criminal Minds” (#3: 4.7/ 7) and “CSI” (#1: 4.8/ 8) from 9-11 p.m.

In week two news, “The 100” on The CW scored a 1.8/ 3 in the household overnights from 9-10 p.m., which dipped by only five percent from its debut one week earlier (1.9/ 3 on March 19). The retention for “The CW” out of lead-in “Arrow” (2.1/ 3 at 8 p.m.) was solid at 86 percent. It increased by 20 percent from year-ago occupant “Supernatural” (1.5/ 2 on 3/27/13). And it posted no loss in the second half-hour. Considering most new shows drop in the vicinity of 10 to 20 percent in week two, keep a positive eye (or two) on “The 100.” This could very well be the real deal.

Elsewhere, NBC special, “Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes” tanked at a fourth-place 2.5/ 4 at 8 p.m., which was 22 percent below the 3.2/ 5 last week for regularly scheduled drama “Revolution.” And it led into repeats of “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 2.5/ 4) and already renewed “Chicago PD” (#3: 2.6/ 4) from 9-11 p.m.

ABC finished third overall with its combination of “The Middle” (#3: 5.2/ 9), “Suburgatory” (#3: 3.8/ 6), “Modern Family” (#1: 6.9/11), recent entry “Mixology” (#3: 3.1/ 5) and sophomore drama “Nashville” (#2: 3.5/ 6). Unfortunately, the network has not been able to capitalize on the consistent lead-in support from “The Middle” and “Modern Family,” and only 45 percent retention for “Mixology” out of “Modern Family” is not promising. “Nashville,” meanwhile, will probably get renewed simply because of the network’s ongoing array of failed new dramas.

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.

Additional Ratings Resources

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Our Cancellation/Renewal predictions for the current season.
Ratings Database
Historical Ratings Database for nearly all major US shows going back to their first episodes.
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The current season full ratings tables for both Total Viewers and 18-49 Demos
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See how all the shows stack up against each other in the Ratings Scorecard Table.


  1. Yes ! The 100 is doing great. Hoping for 0.9

  2. Great for The 100!!!! Keep those great ratings up!

  3. "The retention for “The CW” out of lead-in “Arrow” (2.1/ 3 at 8 p.m.) was solid at 86 percent."

    And I like that The 100 is one of the winners! Arrow seems to be way up too.

  4. Yes! I hope Arrow is rising out of it's slump!

  5. The 100 is only down a tenth with the HH. Hopefully, the 18-49 rtg holds up!

  6. Yay for Arrow and The 100. I hope Arrow's ratings increases till the finale :)

  7. I watch all 5 new shows this year on The CW and im glad that 3 best of them are winning : The Originals, Reign, The 100

  8. I'm loving all the CW praise of late. The network is really beginning to reinvent itself into something more.

  9. Nice episode of Survivor last night. What a great season with every elimination blindsided! It could beat Idol for sure!

  10. Sounds good for 100! Been wondering, are they technically aliens?

  11. Arrow/.9, The100/.7

    Survivor beat Idol again. MF beat HIMYM.

  12. Here are the 1/2 hr breakdowns

    8:00 p.m.

    ABC – The Middle
    Viewers: 7.07 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2t)

    CBS – Survivor
    Viewers: 9.92 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 8 (#1)

    NBC – Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes
    Viewers: 3.94 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#5)

    Fox – American Idol
    Viewers: 8.15 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2t)

    CW – Arrow
    Viewers: 2.60 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)


    8:30 p.m.

    ABC – Suburgatory
    Viewers: 4.87 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

    CBS – Survivor
    Viewers: 9.59 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#1)

    NBC – Prince Harry’s South Pole Heroes
    Viewers: 3.56 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#5)

    Fox – American Idol
    Viewers: 9.14 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#2)

    CW – Arrow
    Viewers: 2.55 million (#5), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)


    9:00 p.m.

    ABC – Modern Family
    Viewers: 9.69 million (#1), A18-49: 3.5/10 (#1)

    CBS – Criminal Minds (R)
    Viewers: 7.29 million (#3), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

    NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
    Viewers: 3.24 million (#4), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#3)

    Fox – American Idol
    Viewers: 9.43 million (#2), A18-49: 2.1/ 6 (#2)

    CW – The 100
    Viewers: 2.27 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5)


    9:30 p.m.

    ABC – Mixology
    Viewers: 4.90 million (#3), A18-49: 1.7/ 5 (#2)

    CBS – Criminal Minds (R)
    Viewers: 7.28 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

    NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
    Viewers: 3.72 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

    Fox – American Idol
    Viewers: 9.87 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 6 (#1)

    CW – The 100
    Viewers: 2.24 million (#5), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#5)


    10:00 p.m.

    ABC – Nashville
    Viewers: 5.19 million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#1t)

    CBS – CSI (R)
    Viewers: 7.41 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#1t)

    NBC – Chicago PD (R)
    Viewers: 3.76 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)


    10:30 p.m.

    ABC – Nashville
    Viewers: 4.94 million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#2)

    CBS – CSI (R)
    Viewers: 7.38 million (#1), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#1)

    NBC – Chicago PD (R)
    Viewers: 3.84 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#3)

  13. Was hoping for a 8 for 100 and a 1+ for Arrow. If 100 survives, will it continue as a midseason show or return in the Fall?

  14. Okay, I can live with a 0.7. Still doing better than Reign.
    Season 2 for the 100 SHOULD be a lock.

    Now Arrow is doing okay again, partially pleased. Let's hope Originals can catch the rescue line as well

  15. I'd hope for a 22 episode long season, maybe retooling it a bit (add more adults to the ground etc.)

    But that's up in the air

  16. I was expecting at least a 0.8 for The 100 but that's still pretty good. Great to see Arrow adjusting up a tenth from last week.

  17. Brandy Danforth27 March 2014 at 15:40

    Reign got a 0.7 for its last episode.Wait 3 more weeks and see if The 100 stays at or above 0.6 before saying "The 100 season 2 should be a lock"

  18. Brandy Danforth27 March 2014 at 15:42

    Deadline said that Midseason shows that get renewed are 13 episodes.Also, The 100 is a limited series according to Deadline,just like Carrie -it'll only have 13 episodes a season.

  19. gah somebody should apply water to his butthurt area.

    The 100 is a mid-season show so the expectations for success are lower than the ones for a fall show. It's not about competition between these two, it's that 100 is currently doing better than it DESPITE the lowered expectations.

    Not every word I spit out is an insult towards your show

  20. MF beat HIMYM in the Fast Nationals to Fast Nationals comparison. We'll see what happens in the Finals to Finals comparison.

  21. But I think the Carrie Diaries had the option to be picked up for a back 9. I think the same applies to The 100. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

  22. oh really? What does it mean it is a limited series?

  23. Brandy Danforth27 March 2014 at 15:52

    No butthurt.Just pointing out the fact that Reign had the same demo as The 100 so they're doing the same.I'm also just being realistic by saying wait a few more weeks before declaring The 100 sure to be renewed.Rember both TTP and Sheild started high the first few episodes then plummeted.

  24. Brandy Danforth27 March 2014 at 15:53

    It means it'll have a limited number of episodes each season,usually 13.

  25. thanks for this. do you know, does the cw always have three new fall shows?

  26. I don't remember TTP having a promising start but Shiel did and still is a sure renewal.

    Now, I agree that shows generally dip from their premiere BUT compare 100 to Star Crossed (wich is a fair comparrison) and you'll see how both shows are light years appart from each other

  27. ALWAYS depends on the network. If theCW decides that it wants The 100 in its fall season for a 22 episode season it WILL have one.

  28. Brandy Danforth27 March 2014 at 15:59

    TTP first three episodes in demo were : 0.9. 0.8,0.7 which is promising for cw standards.Sheild started at a 4.5 if I remember right but started dropping.

  29. never cared much for TTPs ratings but a 0.9 premiere is actually kinda low for a fall shows premiere.

    Originals 1.0 premiere already felt dangerously low to me

  30. but are they forced to stick to 13? i mean, if it is doing better than other shows what stops them for ordering 22 episodes? sorry for all the questions, trying to understand how the system works

  31. they're not, it's simply a call up to the network. If they want 22 they get 22, if they want 13 they get 13 and if they just demand 2 episodes they get them.

    There's no rule for episode numbers, especially not with theCW (Nikitas final 6 episodes)

  32. That's CW for ya. 1.0 premiere is great for them.

  33. Arrow premiered with a 1.3, TVD with a 2.1

    1.0 was kinda low even for theCW, especially for the TVD spin-off

  34. Well TVD premiere was five years ago. For CW's current ratings, that was a pretty decent premiere.

  35. There is nothing fixed. The can pick up more or less depending on their needs.

  36. Arrow's recovering, good.

  37. Brandy Danforth27 March 2014 at 16:53

    No.Pedowitz said "we may or may not go more than 13 with CD this season.We looked at it as limited series last season too" and he choose not to go more than 13.Deadline ran an article with the headline "CW eyes Carrie,The 100 for limited Runs".So when they decided to keep it as a limited series off 13 episode seasons,that eliminated the option for a backorder.

  38. ah thanks cause usually they pick up three - wasn't aware that there is an option for fewer or more


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