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Ratings News - 17th October 2014

Today's Early Overnight Ratings

Top 25 Markets - 18-49
Thanks as always to Ed, here are the Top 25 numbers

Vampire Diaries 1.0
Reign 0.5
CBS NFL Pre-show 1.9
CBS NFL Game 4.5
Grey's 2.7
Scandal 3.5
Bones 1.4
Gracepoint 0.8
Biggest Loser 1.2
Bad Judge 1.3
A to Z 1.0
Parenthood 1.3

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.

Metered Market Thursday Ratings
CBS and ABC Well Above the Competition

Thursday 10/16/14
Metered Market Results

CBS 8.7/14
ABC 7.2/12
Fox 3.1/ 5
NBC 2.8/ 5
CW 1.2/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 10/17/13:
ABC: +29, CBS: +23, NBC: +17, CW: -29, Fox: -47


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)

-Fading Fast:
“The Vampire Diaries” (CW), “Bad Judge” (NBC)

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


-Ratings Breakdown:
The New York Jets at the New England Patriots on “Thursday Night Football” kept CBS in the Thursday overnight winner’s circle with an estimated 9.5 rating/16 share in the household overnights from 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET. Comparably, this was three percent above the 9.2/16 in the overnights for Indianapolis versus Houston last week, and that translated into 15.85 million viewers and a 5.4 rating/18 share among adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data and including results on the NFLN). In other words, “Sunday Night Football” on NBC is a notably stronger option.

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.

There was more positive news at ABC, the most-improved network on Thursday, with its line-up of “Grey’s Anatomy” (#2: 6.6/11), “Scandal” (#1 of the scripted shows for the evening: 7.7/12) and week four of “How To Get Away With Murder” (#1: 7.2/12). Although “HTGAWM” dipped by nine percent week-to-week (versus a 7.9/13 on Oct. 9), it was still four percent above “Scandal” on the year-ago evening (6.9/12 on 10/17/13).

Elsewhere, the results were limited. Veteran Fox drama “Bones” was on par from one week earlier, with a third-place 4.1/ 6 in the household overnights at 8 p.m. But week three of limited drama “Gracepoint” dipped to a 2.2/ 4 at 9 p.m., which was 12 percent below the 2.5/ 4 one week earlier. And that translated into a mere 3.80 million viewers and a 0.9 rating/3 share among adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data). Three-week overnight track for “Gracepoint”: 3.0/ 5 – 2.5/ 4 – 2.2/ 4.

On NBC, “The Biggest Loser” at a fourth-place 2.9/ 5 from 8-9 p.m. remains a marked improvement from year-ago sitcoms “Parks and Recreation” (2.4/ 4 on 10/17/13) and short-lived “Welcome to the Family” (1.9/ 3). But the inspirational reality/competition has lost steam since moving to Thursday.

Next were episodes three of sitcoms “Bad Judge” (#3: 3.1/ 5 at 9 p.m.) and “A To Z” (#3: 2.3/ 4 at 9:30 p.m.), which dipped from last week by 16 percent and eight percent, respectably. And “A To Z” was only equal to failed year-ago time period occupant “The Michael J. Fox Show” (while “Bad Judge” was 24 percent above former — and also failed — time period occupant “Sean Saves the World” (2.5/ 4 on 10/17/13).

Three-week overnight track for “Bad Judge: 4.4/ 7 – 3.7/ 6 – 3.1/ 5.
Three-week overnight track for “A To Z”: 3.3/ 5 – 2.5/ 4 – 2.3/ 4.

Consider both comedies nothing more than time period filler until sophomore “The Blacklist” steps into the Thursday 9-10 p.m. time period in February 2015.

Soon-to-conclude “Parenthood,” which is exiting on NBC the way every established series should, finished a distant third with a 2.9/ 5 in the overnights at 10 p.m. But that was 12 percent above the 2.6/ 5 one year earlier.

The CW, meanwhile, has sprung a leak at 9 p.m. care of sophomore “Reign” at a 0.9/ 1 at 9 p.m., which was a hefty 40 percent below both lead-in “The Vampire Diaries” and its year-ago time period average (1.5/ 2). Also concerning for The CW is the overnight loss of 25 percent from the year-ago evening for “The Vampire Diaries” (2.0/ 3 on 10/17/13).

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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