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Ratings News - 7th 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.

Thursday 3/06/14 Metered Markets
CBS Wins; Mixed Freshman Series Results

CBS 6.8/11
ABC 4.8/ 8
Fox 4.6/ 7
NBC 2.2/ 4
CW 1.5/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 3/07/13:
CW: +87, ABC: +55, NBC: + 5, CBS: -20, Fox: -41


“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Two and a Half” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (ABC), “Community” (NBC), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “The Crazy Ones” (CBS), “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC), “Rake” (Fox), “Parenthood” (NBC)


Ratings Breakdown:
CBS remained the network to beat on Thursday thanks to “The Big Bang Theory,” which topped the night with an 11.6 rating/19 share in the household overnights. And while lead-out “The Millers” is the top-rated new sitcom of the season, the 7.1/11 at 8:30 p.m. last night was 39 percent below “The Big Bang Theory.” While no one expects “The Millers” to maintain the “Big Bang” audience, this is steep. Too bad Nathan (Will Arnett) did not leave his annoying TV Mama (Margo Martindale) on that island. The two of them on vacation together…really???

CBS moving “Two and a Half Men” to 9 p.m. has been beneficial to the veteran comedy, which won the half-hour with a 6.7/10. But relocated lead-out “The Crazy Ones” slipped to a series-low (and second place) 4.4/ 7 at 9:30 p.m., which does not bode well for a potential second season renewal. Sophomore drama “Elementary” perked up to a 5.6/10 in the overnights at 10 p.m., which finished second behind “Scandal” on ABC (6.1/11). And “Scandal,” no doubt, will have a much larger advantage in the key demographics.

If CBS does decide to move “The Big Bang Theory” back to Monday, “Two and a Half Men” leading off Thursday may not be the worst idea. And if it does return, “Two and a Half Men” will tie “My Three Sons” as the second longest running live action sitcom historically behind “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”

Earlier in the evening on ABC was the return of “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” at a dismal 2.2/ 4 (#3) at 8 p.m. And it led into veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” at a still renewable 6.2/10 from 9-10 p.m. (#1 overall in the hour).

On Fox, deteriorating “American Idol” opened with a second-place 6.7/11 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m., which was 23 percent below the 8.7/14 on the year-ago evening. And it led into failing recent entry “Rake” at a distant third-place 2.4/ 4 from 9-10 p.m. As a reminder, “Rake” will move to Fridays at 8 p.m. beginning on March 14 (into current comedies “Enlisted” and “Raising Hope”), which will likely make the ratings even worse.

Elsewhere, NBC remained the definition of “Must Flee” TV with its low-rated combination of “Community” (#4: 1.9/ 3), “Parks and Recreation” (#4: 1.9/ 3), relocated “Hollywood Game Night” (#4: 2.2/ 4) and “Parenthood” (#3: 2.5/ 4). And announcing an early renewal for “Parks and Recreation” will not help struggling Thursday on the network next season. The CW, meanwhile, was on par with typical levels care of “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.7/ 3) and “Reign” (#5: 1.3/ 2).

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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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