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Ratings News - 20th 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)

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Monday 5/19/14 Metered Markets
ABC Wins; Respectable Sampling for Maya Rudolph Special on NBC

ABC 7.7/12
NBC 6.4/10
Fox 4.4/ 7
CBS 3.9/ 6
CW 0.6/ 1

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Monday 5/20/13:
Fox: +267, NBC: + 7, CW: no change, ABC: -10, CBS: -20


“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “The Voice” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Friends With Better Lives” (CBS), Movie: “District 9” (CW)


-Ratings Breakdown:
ABC topped the Monday overnights, with a 20 percent advantage in households over second-place NBC last night. But the home of “The Voice,” of course, will win the evening in all key young adult demo groups.

“The Voice,” which concludes for the season tonight (opposite the “Dancing With the Stars” season-ender on ABC), rose to its best overnights in six weeks (since April 7) with a second-place 7.2 rating/11 share from 8-10 p.m. And that led into a respectable second-place 4.7/ 8 for NBC 10 p.m. variety-themed special “The Maya Rudolph Show,” which could win the time period (opposite the season-premiere of “The Bachelorette” on ABC) in adults 18-49. The one negative for “Maya Rudolph,” however, was a loss of 28 percent in the overnights at 10:30 p.m. (5.4/ 9 to 3.9/ 7). But my prediction is we will see more of Maya Rudolph on NBC in primetime next season.

A 90-minute installment of “Dancing With the Stars” led the night, with a 10.3/16 from 8-9:30 p.m., which was right on par with the two-hour installment one year earlier. Next was the aforementioned “Bachelorette” season-opener at a 5.1/ 8 from 9:30-11 p.m., which was 11 percent above the 4.6/ 7 for its year-ago opener (on Monday 5/27/13 from 8-10 p.m.). And that 4.6 in the overnights translated into 5.99 million viewers and a 1.9 rating/5 share among adults 18-49. Returning out of “Dancing With the Stars” certainly did not hurt, of course.

In season-finale news, sitcom “Mike & Molly” on CBS (which will be held back until midseason once again) concluded with a third-place 4.9/ 7 at 9 p.m. Comparably, that built from canceled lead-in “Friends With Better Lives” (#4: 3.5/ 6 at 8:30 p.m.) by 40 percent. And it led into a 3.8/ 6 (#4) for an encore of “Mom” at 9:30 p.m.

Also on the Eye was a repeat of “2 Broke Girls” at a fourth-place 3.3/ 5 at 8 p.m., and a Monday 10 p.m. repeat of “Criminal Minds” at a third-place 4.0/ 7 at 10 p.m. While “2 Broke Girls” will certainly get a boost out of temporarily relocated “The Big Bang Theory” early next season, moving back to 8 p.m. after Sheldon and Leonard and company head back to Thursday is not necessarily a positive. Note to the writers on “2 Broke Girls”: you need to develop these characters.

The night’s second season-finale was veteran “Bones” on Fox, which scored a third-place 4.2/ 7 at 8 p.m. And that led into a fourth-place 4.6/ 7 for “24: Live Another Day” at 9 p.m., which dipped by six percent from one week earlier. Three-week overnight track for “24: Live Another Day”: 5.8/ 9 – 4.9/ 7 – 4.6/ 7. As a reminder, “Bones” is moving into the Thursday 8 p.m. anchor position next season (into new drama “Gracepoint”). As for “24,” the early rating returns are good, but not spectacular.

Last, and very least, was 2009 theatrical “District 9” at a 0.6/ 1 on The CW from 8-10 p.m.

Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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