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Ratings News - 7th 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 5/06/14 Metered Markets
Clean Sweep for CBS; Lackluster Season-Ending Sitcoms on Fox

CBS 8.9/14
NBC 5.0/ 8
ABC 2.7/ 4
Fox 1.9/ 3
CW 1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 5/07/13:
CW: +86, CBS: +10, NBC: -19, Fox: -34, ABC: -52


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

-Honorable Mention:
“Chicago Fire” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Glee” (Fox), “New Girl” (Fox), “Trophy Wife” (ABC), “The Mindy Project” (Fox), “Celebrity Wife Swap” (ABC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
It was another clean household overnight sweep for CBS with its line-up of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 10.5 rating/17 share), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9.2/14) and “Person of Interest” (7.0/12). While CBS, comparably, bested No. 2 NBC by an average of 78 percent in the overnights, its advantage in the key demos will be considerably smaller.

NBC’s top draw, of course, was “The Voice,” which scored a second-place 7.0/11 from 8-9 p.m. And that provided the necessary lead-in support for 9-10 p.m. sitcoms “About a Boy” (#2: 4.1/ 6) and “Growing Up Fisher” (#3: 3.3/ 5) to warrant their probable second season renewals. At 10 p.m., sophomore “Chicago Fire” finished second with a 4.4/ 7, which was 19 percent above a year-ago telecast of “Grimm” (3.7/ 6 on 5/07/13).

Elsewhere, ABC finished a distant third with its combination of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (#3: 3.6/ 6), “The Goldbergs” (#3: 2.7/ 4), “Trophy Wife” (#3: 1.9/ 3) and “Celebrity Wife Swap” (#3: 2.0/ 3), which from a ratings standpoint did not need to recently return. With “The Goldbergs” a lock for a second season renewal, ABC may be thinking of moving it to Wednesday to benefit out of either “The Middle” and “Modern Family.”

In season-finale news, Fox comedies “New Girl” (#4: 1.9/ 3 at 9 p.m.) and “The Mindy Project” (#4: 1.8/ 3 at 9:30 p.m.) did not earn their renewals. And their lead-in, “Glee” (#4: 1.9/ 3), should have “graduated this season. The CW’s combination of dramas “The Originals” (#5: 1.2/ 2) and “Supernatural” (#5: 1.3/ 2), meanwhile, were at typical overnight levels.

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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