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Ratings News - 1st 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.

NOTE: Berman has made a mistake. It should be The Tomorrow People and NOT Beauty and the Beast in the text below.

Monday 3/31/14 Metered Markets
Heavy Tune-in for “How I Met Your Mother” Series-Ender

ABC 8.0/12
NBC 7.5/12
CBS 5.7/ 7
Fox 3.8/ 5
CW 0.9/ 1

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 4/01/13:
CBS: +73, CW: +50, ABC: -13, ABC and Fox: -19 each


“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “The Voice” (NBC), “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), “The Blacklist” (NBC)

“Friends With Better Lives” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Star-Crossed” (CW), “The Tomorrow People” (CW), “Intelligence” (CBS)


-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC opened the week with another victory in the household overnights, thanks to “Dancing With the Stars.” And NBC is a lock for leadership in adults 18-49 (and the other key demos) as a result, of course, of “The Voice.” But the one-hour series-finale of nine-season CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” rose to a second-place 8.6 rating/13 share n the overnights from 8-9 p.m., which could very well beat competing “The Voice” (#3: 7.6/11 in the first hour) demographically. Compared to last week’s regularly scheduled half-hour, “How I Met Your Mother” increased by 43 percent.

Next on CBS was the series-premiere of sitcom “Friends With Better Lives,” which fell to third with a 5.1/ 8 in the overnights in the 9 p.m. half-hour. Comparably, that dipped from regularly scheduled “Mike & Molly” last week (5.5/ 8 on March 24) by seven percent, with retention out of the second-half of the “How I Met Your Mother” finale (8.5/13) of just 60 percent. In other words, this is very disappointing and chances of “Friends With Better Lives” holding up in the Monday 8:30 p.m. time period (out of relocated “2 Broke Girls”) are slim.

Already renewed “Mom” followed “Friends with Better Lives” with a compatible 4.8/ 7 at 9:30 p.m. And it led into the season (or series) finale of freshman drama “Intelligence” at a last-place 3.9/ 6. Chances of “Intelligence” returning are nil.

Over at ABC, healthy “Dancing With the Stars” dominated the 8-10 p.m. block, with a 9.6/15 in the overnights. And that led into an encore of “Castle” at a second-place 4.9/ 8 at 10 p.m. (which beat the original installment of competing “Intelligence” by 26 percent).

On NBC, demo dominant “The Voice” was also on the map, with a 7.6/11 from 8-10 p.m. And freshman hit “The Blacklist” on NBC closed the night with a first-place 7.2/12 at 10 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox dramas “Bones” (#4: 3.8/ 6) and fading “The Following” (#4: 3.3/ 5) were close to week-ago levels despite the increased competition. And The CW’s low-rated combination of recent entry “Star-Crossed” and relocated “Beauty and the Beast” each scored a 0.9/ 1 in their 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. time periods.

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.

Additional Ratings Resources

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