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Ratings News - 6th 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.

Wednesday 3/04/14 Metered Market Ratings
Only Fox Down Year-to-Year

Fox 7.0/11
CBS 6.4/10
ABC 4.2/ 7
NBC 3.9/ 6
CW 1.5/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 3/05/13:
NBC: +44, CW: +36, CBS: +28, ABC: +20, Fox: -18


“Survivor” (CBS), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “CSI” (CBS)

-Down But Still Dominant:
“American Idol” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Mixology” (ABC), “The Tomorrow People” (CW)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Two more hours of “American Idol” proved victorious for Fox, but a 7.0 rating/11 share in the household overnights was still a loss of 18 percent from the 8.5/13 on the year-ago evening. With “The X Factor” history and so many other weak spots on the schedule to worry about, there is every reason to believe tired “Idol” will return next season.

In week two news, ABC sitcom “Mixology” dipped by 11 percent from its disappointing week-ago opener, with a 3.2/ 5 at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, that was 11 percent below year-ago occupant “Suburgatory” (3.6/ 6 on 3/06/13, which was below average due to leading out of an encore of “Modern Family”). And the retention for “Mixology” out of a 6.4/10 for “Modern Family” at 9 p.m. was only 50 percent. Unfortunately, “Mixology” is not an improvement from recent failed entry “Super Fun Night.”

“Mixology” led into sophomore drama “Nashville” at a last-place 3.5/ 6 at 10 p.m., which was a six percent improvement over the lackluster 3.3/ 6 in the overnights one week earlier. Given ABC’s current freshman drama series woes, another season of “Nashville” looks like a safe bet.

Earlier in the evening on the alphabet net was always reliable “The Middle” at a third-place 5.0/ 8 at 8 p.m., followed by “Suburgatory” at a modest 3.7/ 7 at 8:30 p.m. (#3).

On CBS, veteran “Survivor” rose to a 6.1/10 in the 8 p.m. hour (#2), which increased by seven percent from its two episode week-ago season-opener. Comparably, this was on par with the year-ago edition themed “Caramoan.” Next was “Criminal Minds” at a consistent 7.0/11 (#2) at 9 p.m., which only trailed the second half of “American Idol” by one-tenth of a rating point, followed by granddaddy “CSI” at a dominant 6.1/10 at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, on the fence sophomore NBC drama “Revolution” perked up week to week by nine percent, with a fourth-place 2.5/ 6 at 8 p.m. And it led into a 4.3/ 7 for “Law & Order: SVU” at 9 p.m. (#4) and a 3.9/ 7 for “Chicago PD” at 10 p.m. (#2), which were both below average. The CW capped off the evening with dramas “Arrow” (#5: 1.9/ 3) and “The Tomorrow People” (#5: 1.0/ 2). Effective on Monday, March 17th at 9 p.m. (and in place of “Beauty and the Beast”) will be relocated “The Tomorrow People” (which is unlikely to benefit out of failing “Star-Crossed”).

In late night, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” was down but still dominant with a 3.3/ 9 from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., which was 21 percent below the 4.2/11 for Jay Leno on the year-ago evening. Next was “The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS at a 2.5/ 6 (+14 percent from the year-ago evening), followed by “Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC at a 1.9/ 5 (-10 percent).

Tops from 12:30-1:30 a.m. was “Late Night with Seth Meyers” at a 1.6/ 6, followed by “Nightline” on ABC (1.3/ 4) and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.2/ 4). Carson Daly on NBC scored a typical 1.0/ 4 in the overnights in the 1:30 a.m. half-hour.

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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