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Ratings News - 29th September 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.

unday 9/28/14 Metered Markets
Football Leads NBC to Victory; Animated Stunt Works for Fox

NBC 10.3/17
Fox 8.7/14
CBS 7.7/12
ABC 4.3/ 7

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 9/29/13:
Fox: +38, CBS: +13, ABC: – 2, NBC: – 1


Note: The following labels are based on the household overnights and are subject to change given the availability of other pending data streams. The overnights, of course, are your first look at what to potentially expect when the other results come in. And we always take into account other benchmarks including the expected demographic ratings, potential DVR usage, the critical acclaim (or lack of) and the social media presence.

“Sunday Night Football” (NBC), “The OT” (Fox), “Madam Secretary” (CBS), “Once Upon a Time” (ABC), “The Simpsons” (Fox), “Family Guy” (Fox), “The Good Wife” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
Nothing – year-to-year gains was a pattern for the regularly scheduled scripted programming.


Ratings Breakdown:
The New Orleans Saints at the Dallas Cowboys on “Sunday Night Football” lifted NBC to victory with an estimated 13.5 rating/22 share in the household overnights from 8:30-11:30 p.m., which was 10 percent above the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Carolina Panthers match-up one week earlier (12.3/20 on Sept. 21). Earlier in the evening on NBC was pre-game “Football Night in America” at a 1.5/ 3 at 7 p.m. (#4), a 2.6/ 4 at 7:30 p.m. (#4) and an 8.6/14 at 8 p.m. (#2). With football on the agenda, expect NBC to rule Sunday in fourth quarter.

Over at CBS, results are estimated due to an approximate 15-minute late start caused by NFL Football. And the half-hour estimated breakdown is as follows:

CBS Sunday
7:00 p.m. Football / “60 Minutes”: 7.4/12 (#2)
7:30 p.m. “60 Minutes”: 7.9/13 (#2)
8:00 p.m. “60 Minutes” / “Madam Secretary”: 9.1/14 (#1)
8:30 p.m. “Madam Secretary”: 8.9/13 (#2)
9:00 p.m. “Madam Secretary” / “The Good Wife”: 8.4/12 (#2)
9:30 p.m. “The Good Wife”: 8.0/12 (#2)
10:00 p.m. “The Good Wife” / “CSI” (season premiere): 6.6/11 (#2)
10:30 p.m. “CSI” (season premiere): 5.8/10 (#2)

Particularly promising was this second episode of “Madam Secretary,” which dropped by only an estimated 13 percent from its week-ago Sunday 9-10 p.m. series opener (10.3/16), and that translated into 14.75 million viewers and a 2.0 rating/5 share among adults 18-49 (based on the Live Plus Same Day data). With more compatible lead-in support, “The Good Wife” increased from the year-ago season-opener (6.4/10 on 9/23/13) by 28 percent.

In a night of season-premieres, ABC opened with 7 p.m. clips show special “Once Upon a Time: Storybrooke Has Frozen Over” at a 3.1/ 5 (#3) in the household overnights. That led into a 5.5/ 8 (#3) for the fourth season-premiere of “Once Upon a Time” at 8 p.m., which was six percent above the 5.2/ 8 on the year-ago evening (which translated into 8.52 million viewers and a 2.6/ 7 in the demo, based on the Live + Same Day data). And the second season premiere of drama “Resurrection” scored a 4.8/ 7 at 9 p.m., which maintained 86 percent of the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “Once Upon a Time” (5.6/ 8). Comparably, “Resurrection” was nine percent below the 5.3/ 8 for the year-ago season-premiere of former time period occupant “Revenge.”

Season four of “Revenge,” meanwhile, opened with a third-place 3.9/ 7 at 10 p.m., which 11 percent above the series-premiere of failed year-ago time period occupant “Betrayal” (3.5/ 6 on 9/29/13). Comparably, retention for “Revenge” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “Resurrection” (4.7/ 7) was adequate at 83 percent.

Over at Fox, an estimated 30-minute primetime football overrun (16.1/28 at 7 p.m.) led into a 16.4/27 (#1) for post-game “The OT.” Mirroring CBS, the overnight results for Fox, which was up by double-digit percentages, are approximate due to football.

In season-premiere news, the longest running scripted series in the history of television, animated “The Simpsons,” kicked-off season 26 with a 5.5/ 8 (#3t) in the 8 p.m. half-hour. Compared to the year-ago season-opener (4.4/ 7 on 9/29/13), this is a rise of 25 percent. And it led into the second season premiere of relocated (and critically acclaimed) live action comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at a 3.8/ 6 at 8:30 p.m. Comparably, this was 27 percent above “Bob’s Burgers” on the year-ago evening (3.0/ 5 on 9/29/13), with retention out of “The Simpsons” of 69 percent.

Next on Fox was the one-hour season-premiere of animated “Family Guy,” featuring the Griffins traveling to Springfield for a visit with the clan called Simpson, at a 5.4/ 8 from 9-10 p.m. (#3). Year-to-year, this was an increase of a hefty 59 percent in the overnights, which could translate into about a 4-rating among adults 18-49. Given the positive results, maybe the Simpsons could visit the Griffins next!

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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