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Ratings News - 14th May 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.

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Tuesday 5/13/14 Metered Markets
Clean Sweep for CBS; “Riot” DOA on Fox

CBS 9.1/15
NBC 5.1/ 8
ABC 2.8/ 4
Fox 1.4/ 2
CW 1.2/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 5/14/13:
CW: +50, CBS: +10, NBC: + 4, ABC: -51, Fox: -58


“NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Chicago Fire” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Glee” (Fox), “Riot” (Fox), “The Goldbergs” (ABC), “Trophy Wife” (ABC), “Celebrity Wife Swap” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was another Tuesday overnight household sweep for CBS with its combination of the season-ending episodes of “NCIS” (10.7 rating/17 share: #1 for the night), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9.3/14) and “Person of Interest” (7.2/12). Comparably, the Eye net bested No. 2 NBC, which featured “The Voice” (#2: 6.9/11), two episodes of “About a Boy” (9 p.m.: #2: 4.1/ 6; 9:30 p.m.: #2: 3.7/ 6) and sophomore “Chicago Fire” (#2: 4.7/ 7) – by 78 percent. The 9:30 p.m. installment of “About a Boy,” which will air in this time period next season (out of new sitcom “Marry Me”), was the season-finale.

In series-premiere news, Fox non-scripted hour “Riot” was DOA with a mere 1.1/ 2 (#5) in the overnights from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, that was 41 percent below the week-ago combination of sitcoms “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project,” and the retention out of the season-finale of lead-in “Glee” (#4, 1.8/ 3 at 8 p.m.) was just 61 percent. All together now…OUCH!

ABC featured the “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” season-ender (#3: 4.0/ 7), which has not been the big attraction the network was hoping for, followed by the season-finale of “The Goldbergs” (#3: 2.9/ 4), the series-finale of “Trophy Wife” (#3: 2.0/ 3), and another low-rated installment of “Celebrity Wife Swap” (#3: 2.0/ 3), which featured Angie Everhart/Pat and Gina Neely. “The Goldbergs” will benefit next season, no doubt, in the Wednesday 8:30 p.m. half-hour out of “The Middle” and into “Modern Family.” But ABC missed an opportunity this season by not scheduling worthy “Trophy Wife” out of “Modern Family” (opting instead to waste it on failed “Super Fun Night” and “Mixology”).

The CW capped off this second Tuesday in May with the season finale of “The Originals” (#5: 1.3/ 2), which was the biggest draw of the net’s five new dramas this season, and “Supernatural” (#3: 1.4/ 2), which beat competing “Riot” on Fox by 27 percent.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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