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Ratings News - 20th October 2014

Today's Early Overnight Ratings

Top 25 Markets - 18-49
Thanks to Ed for the Top 25 Numbers

NBC NFL preshow 5.3
Simpsons 3.9
Brooklyn 2.6
Family Guy 2.6
Mulaney 1.1
AHV 1.2
Once 2.9
Resurrection 1.5
Revenge 1.5
60 Minutes 1.5
Madam 1.6
Good Wife 1.6
CSI 1.2

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.

Sunday 10/19/14 Metered Markets
Ratings Touchdown for NBC; CBS Older Skewing and Solid

NBC 11.7/19
CBS 7.4/12
Fox 6.4/10
ABC 3.8/ 6

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening – Sunday 10/20/13:
Fox: +255, ABC: + 6, NBC: -13, CBS: -18


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), “The Simpsons” (Fox)

-Solid Base in Total Viewers:
“60 Minutes” (CBS), “Madam Secretary” (CBS), “The Good Wife” (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
“Once Upon a Time” (ABC)

“Resurrection” (ABC), “Revenge” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Mulaney” (Fox)


Ratings Breakdown:
The San Francisco 49ers at the Denver Broncos on “Sunday Night Football” led NBC to another overnight Sunday victory, with an estimated 14.9 rating/24 share in households from 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET (peaking in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour at a 17.0/25). Last Sunday, an 11.3/18 in the overnights for the New York Giants at the Philadelphia Eagles translated into 18.09 million viewers and a 6.6 rating/18 share among adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data). So, you can expect in the vicinity of about 24 million viewers for this match-up.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was pre-game “Football Night in America” at a 1.6/ 3 at 7 p.m. (#4), a 4.4/ 7 at 7:30 p.m. (#3) and a 9.6/16 at 8 p.m. (#1). As a reminder, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

Fox also received a boost care of football with a primetime overrun at an estimated 16.6/28 in the overnights in the 7 p.m. half-hour, followed by post-game “The OT” at a dominant 9.1/15 at 7:30 p.m. Next was the annual “Treehouse of Horror” edition of granddaddy “The Simpsons”at a 5.2/ 8 at 8 p.m. (#3), which was 11 percent above the 4.7/ 7 one week earlier (and that translated into a 3.3/ 9 among adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data).

At 8:30 p.m., Fox’s relocated “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” slipped to a fourth-place 3.3/ 5, which was 36 percent below “The Simpsons,” followed by young adult-magnet “Family Guy” at a 3.1/ 5 (#4) at 9 p.m. Regardless of the considerable slippage, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was still 22 percent above the 2.7/ 4 it scored in the overnights one year earlier in the Tuesday 8:30 p.m. half-hour (on 10/22/13).

Recently introduced “Mulaney,” which just had its episode order slashed from 16 to 13 half-hours, closed the night for Fox with a subpar 1.6/ 2 (#4), which was 48 percent below lead-in “Family Guy.”

Over at CBS, the network was flat from one week earlier with its older-skewing line-up of “60 Minutes” (#2: 8.3/13), episode five of politically-themed drama “Madam Secretary” (#2: 8.3/12), critically acclaimed “The Good Wife” (#2: 7.6/11) and veteran “CSI” (#2: 5.6/ 9), which will be taking a break in midseason for upcoming spin-off “CSI: Cyber.” Although this overnight average only translated into a 1.3/ 4 for the night last week among adults 18-49, the average total viewer base should be in the vicinity of a very respectable 10-million. And opposite “Sunday Night Football” on NBC consider this a definite positive.

Last, and very least, was ABC’s line-up of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (#3: 3.1/ 5), “Once Upon a Time” (#4: 4.7/ 7), sophomore “Resurrection” #3: 3.4/ 5), which dipped to a series-low, and tired “Revenge” (#3: 3.8/ 6). Given the recent track record for “Once Upon a Time,” expect in the vicinity of a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49. But the 9-11 p.m. block on ABC will lose considerable steam.

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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