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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.

Metered Market Thursday Ratings
Diluted “American Idol” Leads Fox to Victory

Thursday 1/15/15
Metered Market Results

Fox 7.1/11
CBS 5.8/ 9
NBC 2.5/ 4
ABC 2.2/ 4
CW 1.4/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 1/16/15:
CBS: +23, NBC: +14, Fox: -14, ABC: -15, CW: -22


Note: The following labels are based on the household overnights and are subject to change given the availability of other pending data streams. 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.


“The Big Bang Theory” R (CBS), “American Idol” (Fox), “Mom” (CBS), “Two and a Half Men” (CBS)

“The Biggest Loser” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“The Taste” (ABC), “Bad Judge” (NBC), “A To Z” (NBC)


-Ratings Breakdown:
Two hours of “American Idol” led Fox to Thursday overnight victory, with a 7.1 rating/11 share in households (peaking at a 7.3/12 in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour). But, year-to-year, this was down by 14 percent. In other words, there is still an audience for “American Idol,” but the ongoing erosion continues.

Despite airing a repeat, “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS topped the night at a 7.4/12 at 8 p.m. Next was sophomore “Mom” at a second-place 6.6/10 at 8:30 p.m., which held a solid 89 percent of Sheldon and Leonard’s lead-in. Featured at the Warner Bros. studio event last night was a screening of an upcoming episode of “Mom,” which should result in another Emmy Award victory for Allison Janney as Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.

CBS’ soon-to-conclude “Two and a Half Men” scored a respectable (and second place) 5.9/ 9 at 9 p.m., followed by one-the-fence “The McCarthys” (#2: 4.4/ 7 at 9:30 p.m.) and older-skewing drama “Elementary” (#1: 5.3/ 9 at 10 p.m.). Present at the Warner Bros event last night were Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Conchata Ferrell, Holland Taylor, Marin Hinkle and Melanie Lynskey from “Two and a Half Men” (which will go down in the record books as the longest running multi-camera sitcom – 12 seasons – in the history of television).

As a reminder, “Two and a Half Men” with conclude with a one-hour episode on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 9-10 p.m. ET. Leading into the finale at 8:30 p.m. will be the series debut of “The Odd Couple” reboot, featuring Matthew Perry as sloppy Oscar Madison and Thomas Lennon as neat freak Felix. One week later on Feb. 26, current Thursday 8:30 p.m. time period occupant “Mom” moves to 9:30 p.m. ET out of encore telecasts of “The Big Bang Theory” at 9 p.m.

Over at NBC, veteran “The Biggest Loser” opened with a modest (and third-place) 2.9/ 5 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m., followed by burn-off episodes of canceled sitcoms “Bad Judge” (#4: 1.9/ 3 at 9 p.m.) and “A To Z” (#4t: 1.3/ 2 at 9:30 p.m.), which earned their pink slips, no doubt. “Parenthood,” which concludes on Jan. 29 (after 103 episodes), perked up to a second-place 3.0/ 5 from 10-11 p.m.

Elsewhere, two more hours of ABC cooking competition “The Taste” was a bust at a 2.3/ 4 from 8-10 p.m. And it led into a 1.9/ 3 for an encore telecast of “How To Get Away With Murder” at 10 p.m.

The CW preempted regularly scheduled “The Vampire Diaries” and “Reign” for two-hour special “The World Dog Awards,” which scored a 1.4/ 2 from 8-10 p.m.

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 (We also where possible now post the 18-34 and 25-54 Demo Numbers).

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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