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Ratings News - 31st 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 3/30/14 Metered Markets
CBS Rules; More Erosion for “Resurrection” on ABC

CBS 8.3/13
ABC 4.2/ 7
NBC 2.6/ 4
Fox 2.4/ 4

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 3/31/13:
ABC: +75, Fox: +60, CBS: +14, NBC: -13


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

-Still a Positive Option:
“Resurrection” (ABC)

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


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was an easy overnight household Sunday victory for CBS, which was ignited by an estimated 20-minute NCAA Basketball primetime overrun and the latest edition of “The Good Wife,” which dealt with the untimely death of Josh Charles as Will Gardner. All individual program results for the Eye net are, therefore, approximate and they appear as follows by half-hour.

7:00 p.m. – NCAA Basketball: 12.6/23 (#1) / “60 Minutes”: 10.9/19 (#1)
7:30 p.m. – “60 Minutes”: 9.8/17 (#1)
8:00 p.m. – “60 Minutes”: 9.4/15 (#1) / “The Amazing Race”: 8.0/13 (#1)
8:30 p.m. – “The Amazing Race”: 6.2/10 (#1)
9:00 p.m. – “The Amazing Race”: 7.3/11 (#1) / “The Good Wife”: 8.6/13 (#1)
9:30 p.m. – “The Good Wife”: 7.9/12 (#1)
10:00 p.m. – “The Good Wife”: 8.7/13 (#1) / “The Mentalist”: 7.5/12 (#1)
10:30 p.m. – “The Mentalist”: 6.0/10 (#1)

In episode four news, ABC drama “Resurrection” lost more steam with a second-place 5.5/ 8 from 9-10 p.m., which was 11 percent below one week earlier and 35 percent below the series-opener on March 9. Four-week overnight track for “Resurrection”: 8.5/13 – 7.0/10 – 6.2/10 – 5.5/ 8. But this was still 34 percent above lead-in “Once Upon a Time” (#2: 4.1/ 6 from 8-9 p.m.) and it did beat year-ago time period occupant “Revenge” (3.9/ 6 on 3/31/13) by 41 percent. The bottom line: If “Resurrection” levels off now, ABC has a contender here. And if it keeps falling, it does not.

Leading out of “Resurrection” was relocated “Revenge” at a second-place 3.8/ 6 at 10 p.m., which dipped from its lead-in by 31 percent. Earlier in the evening was “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at a distant second-place 3.5/ 6 from 7-8 p.m.

Over at NBC, an encore airing of “The Voice” at 7 p.m. (#3: 2.0/ 3) led into a mere 2.2/ 3 for week two of reality/competition “American Dream Builders,” hosted by Nate Berkus, at 8 p.m.. Comparably, that was 12 percent below its anemic debut one week earlier (2.5/ 4 on March 23) and 30 percent behind the second-half of a two-hour encore of “The Voice” one year earlier.

Episode four of drama “Believe” followed “American Builders” with a series-low 3.1/ 5 from 9-10 p.m., which was six percent below the 3.3/ 5 one week earlier and 31 percent behind the 4.5/ 7 for its time period debut on March 16. Next was week three of drama “Crisis” with a 3.0/ 5, which slipped by 12 percent from one week earlier. Three-week overnight track for “Crisis”: 4.5/ 7 – 3.3/ 5 – 3.0/ 5). The bottom line: While this could actually be worse, it can certainly be a lot better for NBC.

On Fox, week four of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” also dipped to a series low, with a last-place 2.8/ 4 from 9-10 p.m. But “Cosmos” is expected to finish third in the time period among adults 18-49 (and the other key demos) ahead of competing “Believe.” Earlier in the evening on Fox was the animated combination of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 1.5/ 3), “American Dad” (#4: 1.7/ 3), “The Simpsons” (#3: 2.5/ 4) and “Family Guy” (#3: 2.9/ 4) from 7-9 p.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

About the Daily Ratings

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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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