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Ratings News - 18th 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)

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.


Lackluster Results for Three Season-Enders

Household Rating/Share

ABC 5.4/ 9
CBS 4.8/ 8
Fox 3.7/ 6
NBC 2.3/ 4
CW 1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 4/18/13:
ABC: +86, NBC: + 5, CW: -13, CBS: -20, Fox: -42


“The Big Bang Theory” R (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC)

-Fastest Fading Show in Primetime:
“American Idol” (Fox)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Community” (NBC), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “The Crazy Ones” (CBS), “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC), “Surviving Jack” (Fox), “Parenthood” (NBC)


Ratings Breakdown:
ABC won this third Thursday in April, which featured three on-the-bubble series -- “Community” and “Parenthood” on NBC and “The Crazy Ones” on CBS -- ending their season (or series) runs. Top-rated for the evening was the season-finale of “Scandal” on ABC at a 7.5 rating/13 share at 10 p.m., which built by 21 percent in the household overnights from dominant “Grey’s Anatomy” at 9 p.m. (6.2/10). Although ABC could utilize “Scandal” for lead-in support to another drama next season, sometimes it is better off to leave well enough alone.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was an encore of “Grey’s Anatomy” at a third-place 2.4/ 4 at 8 p.m.

CBS populated the 8-9 hour with two encore telecasts of “The Big Bang Theory,” which dominated with an average 6.7/12 (6.6/12 at 8 p.m.; 6.8/12 at 8:30 p.m.). Last night was critical, no doubt, for Robin Williams sitcom “The Crazy Ones” and the results were not positive, unfortunately. Two episodes aired, with the 9 p.m. installment at a 4.3/ 7 (#3) and the 9:30 p.m. finale, featuring guest star Marilu Henner, at a 3.6/ 6 (#2). Comparably, retention for “The Crazy Ones” at 9 p.m. out of the 8:30 p.m. repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” was 63 percent, and the second telecast at 9:30 p.m. dropped by 16 percent despite facing modest “Surviving Jack” on Fox (#3: 2.6/ 4).

With the odds of renewal on CBS not stacked in its favor, a cable network like TBS could still benefit by picking up “The Crazy Ones” for a second season (and pairing it with “Cougar Town,” perhaps). To the folks on “The Crazy Ones” that I met at the set visit in January: do not give up hope yet.

The Eye net capped off the night with a Thursday 10 p.m. repeat of “NCIS” at a second-place 3.9/ 7 in the overnights.

Over at NBC, “Community” closed its season with a mere 1.9/ 3 at 8 p.m. (#4), which led into an embarrassing 1.7/ 3 for already renewed “Parks and Recreation” at 8:30 p.m. Results of this magnitude warrant cancellation, no doubt. But NBC has always been patient with critically acclaimed “Community” and will likely order 13-episodes for a final sixth season.

Next on the wilted Peacock net was “Hollywood Game Night” at a fourth-place 2.2/ 4 in the overnights from 9-10 p.m., followed by the season-ending episode of “Parenthood” at a third-place 2.8/ 5 at 10 p.m. Mirroring “Community,” “Parenthood” is not worthy of a renewal based on the overnights. But patient NBC is unlikely to swing the axe on this cult favorite without some sort of official conclusion.

On Fox, demo-friendly “Hell’s Kitchen” finished second in the overnights from 8-9 p.m., with a 3.6/ 6, and that led into a 5.1/ 8 (#2) for the live half-hour “American Idol” results show at 9 p.m. Comparably, “Idol” slipped by 40 percent (ouch!) from the 8.5/14 for the one-hour edition on the year-ago evening. In a perfect world, Fox would order one final season of “American Idol” with original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. But, let’s be honest…that is not going to happen.

Aforementioned Fox sitcom “Surviving Jack,” which is worthy from a creative standpoint, dropped by 49 percent in the overnights at 9:30 p.m. with a series-low 2.6/ 4 at 9:30 p.m.

The CW capped off primetime with already renewed dramas “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.4/ 2) and “Reign” (#5: 1.2/ 2).

ABC got a boost in late night thanks to facing encores of Jimmy Fallon on NBC and David Letterman on CBS with an original installment of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” at a dominant (and above average) 3.4/ 8 from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. The stellar support from “Scandal” at 10 p.m. did not hurt, of course. The Fallon and Letterman repeats each averaged a 2.1/ 5.

“Nightline” on ABC at 12:30 a.m. dominated with a 2.3/ 7 (yes…lead-in does matter), while Craig Ferguson on CBS and Seth Meyers on NBC (a repeat) each averaged a 1.1/ 4. An encore of Carson Daly on NBC closed the
night with a 0.7/ 3 at 1:30 a.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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