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Ratings News - 25th 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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Respectable Sampling for “Bad Teacher” and “Black Box” Openers

CBS 6.5/11
ABC 4.2/ 7
Fox 3.7/ 6
NBC 2.1/ 3
CW 1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 4/25/13:
NBC: + 5, CW: – 7, ABC: -16, CBS: -19, Fox: -36


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

-Respectable Sampling:
“Bad Teacher” (CBS), “Black Box” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “Saturday Night Live: SNL Shorts” (NBC)


Ratings Breakdown:
CBS led this fourth Thursday in April thanks to “The Big Bang Theory,” of course, which topped the night at an 11.0 rating/19 share in the household overnights at 8 p.m. Next was time period dependent “The Millers” at a dominant 6.3/10 at 8:30 p.m., followed by veteran “Two and a Half Men” (#1: 6.1/10 at 9 p.m.) into a second-place 5.1/ 8 for the series-premiere of “Bad Teacher” at 9:30 p.m. Comparably, “Bad Teacher” opened at a hefty 42 percent above the season (or series) finale of “The Crazy Ones” one week earlier (3.6/ 6 on April 17), and retention out of “Two and a Half Men” was solid at 84 percent. All in all, consider this positive sampling for “Bad Teacher” (which, from a quality standpoint, leaves little to be desired).

The second series-premiere last night was ABC drama “Black Box,” which finished No. 2 behind competing “Elementary” on CBS (5.3/ 9) with a 4.6/ 8 in the overnights at 10 p.m. “Black Box” will, in all likelihood, win the time period in the key demos. The retention out of lead-in “Grey’s Anatomy” (#2: 6.0/ 9 from 9-10 p.m.) was respectable at 74 percent. And there was only a four percent decline at 10:30 p.m. (4.6/ 8 to 4.4/ 8). But given the massive promotion, “Black Box” should have opened stronger. One week earlier, “Scandal” concluded the season with a 7.5/13.

Earlier in the evening on ABC was an encore of “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind the Scandelabra” at a modest 2.1/ 3 (#3t) from 8-9 p.m.

In season-finale news, a one-hour installment of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” featuring a cameo appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama, scored a 2.1/ 3 from 8-9 p.m., which was actually up by 24 percent from the abysmal 1.7/ 3 at 8:30 p.m. one week earlier. But a 2.1 in the household overnights is certainly nothing to crow about, and these ratings will be no better next season no matter where “P&R” airs.

Next on NBC was two-hour “Saturday Night Live” special (themed “SNL Shorts”) at a mere 2.0/ 3 from 9-11 p.m.

Elsewhere, Fox was equal to one week earlier with its pairing of “Hell’s Kitchen” (#2: 3.6/ 6) and “American Idol” (#3: 5.2/ 8), which dipped by 35 percent from the 8.0/13 in the 8 p.m. hour on the year-ago evening. And The CW scored typical overnight results with already renewed dramas “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.5/ 2) and “Reign” (#5: 1.1/ 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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