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Ratings News - 15th April 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)

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Monday 4/14/14 Metered Markets
Modest Time Period Debut for “Friends With Better Lives” on CBS

ABC 8.2/13
NBC 5.9/ 9
CBS 4.4/ 7
Fox 3.5/ 5
CW 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 4/15/13:
CW: +40, ABC: – 7, CBS: -14, Fox: -22, NBC: -23


“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “The Voice” (NBC)

“Friends With Better Lives” (CBS)

“The Following” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Star-Crossed” (CW)


-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC remains the network to beat in the Monday overnights, with a 39 percent advantage over No. 2 NBC last night. And NBC is poised for victory in the key young adult demos as long as “The Voice” is on the agenda.

“Dancing With the Stars” on ABC led the evening in households, with a 9.8 rating/15 share from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that was right on par from the 9.7/14 one year earlier. And it led into an encore of “Castle” at a dominant 5.2/ 9 at 10 p.m. Competing “The Voice” on NBC scored a 7.1/11 from 8-10 p.m., which dipped by 19 percent from the 8.8/13 on the year-ago evening. And the aforementioned “Blacklist” repeat finished second at 10 p.m. with a 3.5/ 6, which was one-tenth of a rating point ahead of a repeat of “Person of Interest” on CBS (#3: 3.4/ 6).

In time period premiere news, sitcom “Friends With Better Lives” on CBS finished third at 8:30 p.m. with a 4.3/ 7 in the overnights, which was 20 percent below relocated lead-in “2 Broke Girls” (#2: 5.4/ 9 at 8 p.m. with guest star Lindsay Lohan). While “FWBL” dipped by only four percent from year-ago occupant “Rules of Engagement” (4.5/ 7 on 4/15/13), this was down by 16 percent from the 5.1/ 8 for its series debut/preview in the Monday 9 p.m. half-hour on March 31 (out of the series-finale of “How I Met Your Mother).

Next on the eye net was “Mike & Molly” at a 5.3/ 8 at 9 p.m. (#3), which was equal to year-ago occupant “2 Broke Girls,” followed by the season-finale of “Mom” at a 4.9/ 7 (#3) at 9:30 p.m. For a review of season one of worthy “Mom” (‘”Mom,” Broadcast’s Best New Series This Season, Wraps Its Outstanding Freshman Year” by Ed Martin of MediaPost), click on the following: http://tinyurl.com/mqrlfsh

The bottom line for CBS on Monday: If the network does, as expected, move “The Big Bang Theory” to anchor the evening next season, results will dramatically improve for the night. And if it does not, chances are what you see now is what you will get next season (which is respectable, but not outstanding).

Elsewhere, veteran “Bones” on Fox opened with a fourth-place 3.9/ 6 at 8 p.m. Next was diluted sophomore “The Following” at a 3.1/ 5 (#4) at 9 p.m., which was 31 percent below the 4.5/ 7 on the year-ago evening. And last, and very least, was The CW’s paring of dramas “Star-Crossed” (#5: 0.7/ 1), which is unlikely to snag a second season renewal, and relocated “The Tomorrow People” (#5: 0.8/ 1), which was actually 60 percent above year-ago occupant “90210” (#5: 0.5/ 1).

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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