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Ratings News - 15th May 2014

15 May 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.

Wednesday 5/14/14 Metered Market Ratings
Clean Sweep for CBS

CBS 6.3/10
Fox 6.0/10
ABC 4.2/ 7
NBC 3.5/ 6
CW 1.6/ 3

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 5/15/13:
CBS: +17, ABC: – 9, CW: -11, Fox: -12, NBC: -26

“Survivor” (CBS), “Modern Family” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Revolution” (NBC), “Suburgatory” (ABC), “Mixology” (ABC)


Ratings Breakdown:
CBS got over the Wednesday “hump” in winning overnight fashion, with a 0.3 household rating point advantage over second-place Fox. “Survivor” topped the 8 p.m. hour with a 6.1 rating/10 share, followed by the season-finale of “Criminal Minds” (#1: 7.6/12) and an encore of “CSI” (#1: 5.3/ 9) from 9-11 p.m. Next season, “CSI” moves to Sunday at 10 p.m. (out of “The Good Wife”), where it will share the time period with new spin-off “CSI: Cyber.” Filling the time period will be new drama “Stalker,” which looked addictively intense based on the clips at the Eye net’s presentation yesterday.

On Fox, the 500th episode of “American Idol” perked up to a 6.0/10 from 8-10 p.m., which was seven percent above the 5.6/ 9 one week earlier. But “Idol” was still down by a hefty 29 percent from the 8.4/14 in the 8 p.m. hour on the year-ago evening. Once the dominant factor on Fox’s line-up, the network barely even mentioned it at its upfront presentation earlier this week.

On ABC, part one of the two-part season-finale of “Modern Family” was the standout, of course, with a 6.5/10 at 9 p.m. Comparably, that built from the series-finale of lead-in “Suburgatory” (#3: 3.7/ 6 at 8:30 p.m.) by 76 percent. Next was lead-out “Mixology,” which earned its cancellation stripes, with a fourth-place 2.8/ 4 at 9:30 p.m. “Nashville” concluded its sophomore season at a typically uneventful 3.6/ 6 (#3) at 10 p.m., and “The Middle” opened the night with a third-place 5.0/ 8 at 8 p.m. Next season, ABC will feature relocated “The Goldbergs” out of “The Middle” and new sitcom “Black-ish” out of “Modern Family.”

Elsewhere, canceled “Revolution” on NBC earned its pink slip, with a fourth-place 2.8/ 5 from 8-9 p.m. And it led into typical overnights for veteran “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 3/.7/ 6) and freshman “Chicago PD” (#2: 4.0/ 7) from 9-11 p.m., which will both remain intact next season (out of new drama “The Mysteries of Laura”). Unless “The Mysteries of Laura” ignites interest in the 8 p.m. hour, which is highly unlikely, there is no reason to believe NBC will improve on Wednesday next fall.

The CW, meanwhile, featured the season-finale of “Arrow” (#5: 1.9/ 5), which was on par from one year earlier, followed by “The 100” (#5: 1.3/ 2). Both dramas will remain intact on the night next season.

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.

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Additional Ratings Resources

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Ratings Database
Historical Ratings Database for nearly all major US shows going back to their first episodes.
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The current season full ratings tables for both Total Viewers and 18-49 Demos
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  1. Hoping Arrow/The 100 are up. It seems like they could be.

  2. Good night for CW, Arrow deserves it, The 100 wasn't that good. But hopefully both are up.

  3. Great finale of Arrow. Although a character I wished hadn't survived did...
    Also caught the pre-empted Originals finale which I thought was awesome. Francesca, Haley and Davina are badass. Papa Original is back! Can't wait till he bends Klaus over his knee!

  4. interesting for arrow

  5. Svetlana Apaeva15 May 2014 at 16:35

    lots of people , especially on FB angry with Revolution cancellation boycott NBC and here is result

  6. Pablo Troncoso15 May 2014 at 16:37

    Relocate Revolution!

  7. No real change for Arrow/The 100. Arrow has exactly the same numbers as it had last week, both in audience and demo. The 100 rises in audience but remains flat in demo.

  8. Wait, so CSI (R) almost ties NEW CPD and beats Nashville? Good grief, I think CBS is making a big mistake dumping it to Sunday at 10.

  9. Arrow didn't hit .9. Surprised.

  10. I'm sorry, I used to love Revolution but 1.3's aren't good and they had to do it. It's not coming back.

  11. Im not suprised at Revolutions numbers , i think everyone will be recording the last few episodes now after the cancellation i know i am.

  12. EuphemiaWonderland15 May 2014 at 16:57

    We watched Arrow and The 100 last night. Revolution's last two episodes can wait.

  13. this show is so dead. it's hilarious that the fandom boycott NBC... the correct way is asking friends&families to help rating. Blaming network will only make it worse.

  14. Next week i may watch it live since Arrow has now ended.

  15. Actually surely it's a great idea cause it shows the show is already storng

  16. CM top drama of the week ? Only GA can do better

  17. The fandom did not boycott NBC. A very small portion of the fans did that. A lot of us stuck with it and will watch through the finale. NBC gave this show two great years and I am thankful to them for that. I'm not going to be mad at them for making a business decision. I'm very sad about these ratings. I agree. Getting more people to watch would have been wonderful. My experience is that once something is cancelled its pretty hard to convince new folks to watch. I'm not going to give up hoping for some closure. I don't need a movie or even a season 3 (though either would be wonderful). I'd be happy with a comic book or anything really. Cliffhangers are the worst. :(

  18. Angry: yes, boycott: no. Those don't really work. Besides, i won't give up Hannibal & The Blacklist. But since they cancelled Revolution, and never gave Believe a chance; i'm hesitant to try anything new from them. I'm watching Constantine, and will give the Heroes miniseries a chance. But that's it, i don't want to get wrapped up into a show, just for it to get cancelled without an ending.


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