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Ratings News - 10th October 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

Top 25 Markets
Thanks to Ed for the top 25

Bones 1.6
Gracepoint 0.9
Grey's 2.8
Scandal 3.6
Kickoff pre-show 1.9
Vampire 1.0
Reign 0.4
BL 1.1
Bad Judge 1.3
A to Z 1.2
Parenthood 1.2

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.

Metered Market Thursday Ratings
CBS Wins; ABC Most-Improved; NBC Also on the Plus Side

Thursday 10/09/14
Metered Market Results

CBS 8.4/14
ABC 7.3/12
Fox 3.4/ 5
NBC 3.0/ 5
CW 1.2/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 10/10/13:
ABC: +30, NBC: +25, CBS: +17, CW: -14, Fox: -33


Note: The following labels are based on the household overnights and are subject to change given the availability of other pending data streams. As always, these overnights are your first look at the ratings and a precursor to what could lie ahead. And we take into account additional benchmarks including the expected Live + Same Day demographic ratings, potential DVR usage, the critical acclaim (or lack of) and the social media presence.


“Thursday Night Football” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC), “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

-Losing Steam:
“The Vampire Diaries” (CW)

“A To Z” (NBC), “Gracepoint” (Fox), “Reign” (CW)


-Ratings Breakdown:
The Indianapolis Colts at the Houston Texans on “Thursday Night Football” kept CBS in the Thursday overnight winner’s circle with an estimated 9.2 rating/16 share in the household overnights from 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET. Comparably, this was eight percent above the 8.5/14 in the overnights for Minnesota versus Green Bay last week, and that translated into 16.54 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/19 share among adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data and including results on the NFLN).

Earlier in the evening on CBS was the Football Kick-Off Show at a second-place 5.2/ 9 in the 8 p.m. half-hour. As a reminder, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

Vastly improved ABC finished a solid No. 2 for the evening with its line-up of Shonda Rhimes dramas “Grey’s Anatomy” (6.6/11), which increased by 83 percent from failed year-ago occupant “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (3.6/ 6 on 10/10/13), “Scandal” (7.4/12) and “How to Get Away With Murder” (7.9/13), which earned the additional two episodes ordered for the season. Three-week overnight track for “How to Get Away With Murder”: 9.7/16 – 8.7/15 – 7.9/13).

In week two news, Fox limited crime solver “Gracepoint” dipped to a distant fourth-place 2.5/ 4 at 9 p.m., which was 17 percent below the already lackluster 3.0/ 5 from one week earlier. And that translated into just 4.76 million and a 1.2/ 3 among adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data). Comparably, overnight retention for “Gracepoint” out of relocated lead-in “Bones” (#3: 4.2/ 7 at 8 p.m.) was weak at just 60 percent.

Week two of NBC sitcoms “Bad Judge” and “A To Z” also suffered slippage, which is nothing unusual in the second week of any telecast. But both did not exactly get off to a rousing start last week. “Bad Judge” scored a 3.7/ 6 at 9 p.m., which was 16 percent below the 4.4/ 7 last Thursday (which came in at 5.84 million viewers and a 1.3/ 4 among adults 18-49). Particularly positive for “Bad Judge,” however, was overnight growth of 61 percent from failed year-ago occupant “Sean Saves the World” (2.3/ 4 on 10/10/13). And “Bad Judge” built from lead-in “The Biggest Loser” (#4: 3.0/ 5 from 8-9 p.m.) by 23 percent. So, consider week two of “Bad Judge” not necessarily a bad thing (pun intended).

“A To Z,” in contrast, slipped by a more severe 32 percent with a 2.5/ 4 at 9:30 p.m. (#3), which was 24 percent below its already anemic 3.3/ 5 debut. And that 3.3 in the overnights translated into 4.79 million and a 1.2/ 3 in the demo (based on the Live + Plus Same Day data). Comparably, “A To Z” was also only equal to failed year-ago occupant “The Michael J. Fox Show.”

Next on NBC was another installment of the final season of “Parenthood” at a distant third-place 2.9/ 5, which was equal to one week earlier and 16 percent above lead-in “A To Z.”

As for “The Biggest Loser,” while that 3.0/ 5 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. is a noticeable loss from its performance on Tuesday last season, it was still 43 percent above the year-ago combination of “Parks and Recreation” and short-lived “Welcome to the Family” (which outlived its welcome after three episodes).

While you certainly cannot fully judge any network by the overnights, veteran “The Vampire Diaries” on The CW dipped to a 1.5/ 2 at 8 p.m. (#5), which was 17 percent below the 1.8/ 3 on the year-ago evening. And sophomore “Reign” followed with a depressed 1.0/ 2 at 9 p.m. (#5), which was only equal to an encore of “The Originals” on the year-ago evening.

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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.

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