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Ratings News - 28th April 2014

Today's Early Overnight Ratings

This table shows the early overnight ratings. These ratings are normally adjusted later in the day when all the ratings have been consolidated to take into account any local preemptions and/or overruns. You can find all the final adjusted numbers in our Ratings Database. (See the About section below for details about 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.

Sunday 4/27/14 Metered Markets
Clean Sweep for CBS

CBS 6.6/11
ABC 4.2/ 7
NBC 2.9/ 5
Fox 2.1/ 3

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 4/28/13:
ABC: +11, NBC: – 3, CBS: – 6, Fox: -12


“60 Minutes” (CBS), “The Good Wife” (CBS)

-Leveled Off and Expected to Return:
“Resurrection” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“American Dream Builders” (NBC), “Bob’s Burgers” (Fox), “American Dad!” (Fox), “Crisis” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was a clean Sunday overnight household sweep for CBS with its combination of granddaddy “60 Minutes” (#1 for the night: 7.7 rating/14 share), “The Amazing Race” (5.8/10), “The Good Wife” (7.0/11) and on-the-fence “The Mentalist” (6.1/11), which is currently in search of a new home should CBS cancel it. Most likely to keep “The Mentalist” alive: TNT.

With Sunday remaining a respectable, but non-extraordinary evening for the Eye net, it looks like a new drama will step in the try to ignite interest opposite Football next fall on NBC. Stay tuned…CBS announces its fall line-up to the media on Wednesday, May 14 with what is always a stellar presentation.

On ABC, “Resurrection” returned after a one week absence with a second-place 5.0/ 8 in the overnights from 9-10 p.m., which built from demo friendly lead-in “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (4.3/ 7 at 8 p.m.) by 16 percent. Now that “Resurrection” has settled in, it is certain to return next season.

Next on the alphabet net was tired “Revenge” at a second-place 3.7/ 6 at 10 p.m., which was 27 percent below the 9:30 p.m. portion of “Resurrection” (5.1/ 8). Earlier in the evening on ABC was veteran “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at a reliable (and second-place) 3.9/ 7 at 7 p.m. Now that Tom Bergeron has announced his departure after next season, it will not be easy replacing him.

Over at NBC, recent entry “American Dream Builders” is waiting for the proverbial axe to swing with a distant third-place 1.9/ 4 at 7 p.m. But “Dateline” perked up to a 4.0/ 7 at 8 p.m. (#3), which was an 111 percent improvement. Freshman dramas “Believe” and “Crisis” remain question marks for renewal next season, with “Believe” standing a better chance at a 3.3/ 5 at 9 p.m. (#3). Comparably, that was equal to one week earlier, matching the show’s highest rating since debuting in the time period on March 16 (with a 4.5). “Crisis” was also consistent, but a 2.6/ 4 at 10 p.m. (#3) was 21 percent below “Believe.”

Note: Part of NBC’s line-up was pushed back into late night on the Portland affiliate last night.

Fox capped off the night with overnight growth from one week earlier of 24 percent with its line-up of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 1.5/ 3), “American Dad!” (#4: 1.6/ 3), “The Simpsons” (#4: 2.4/ 4), “Family Guy” (#4: 2.7/ 4) and “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” (#4: 2.4/ 4). Once “Cosmos” concludes, “Family Guy” will move back to 9 p.m.

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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