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Ratings News - 13th February 2015

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
Modest Start for Drama “The Slap” on NBC

Thursday 2/12/15
Metered Market Results

ABC 6.4/10
CBS 5.7/ 9
Fox 4.8/ 8
NBC 4.1/ 7
CW 1.1/ 2


-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 2/13/14:
Note: NBC aired The XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi on the year-ago evening.
ABC: +205, CW: +37, CBS: +30, Fox: no change, NBC: -72


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), “Mom” (CBS), “American Idol” (Fox), “Scandal” (ABC), “Two and a Half Men” (CBS), “The Blacklist” (NBC), “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)

-Modest Start but Still and Improvement:
“The Slap” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Backstrom” (Fox), “Reign” (CW), “Allegiance” (NBC)


Ratings Breakdown:
ABC led this second Thursday in the household overnights, beating No. 2 CBS by 12 percent. But the more interesting story was the series-debut of limited NBC drama “The Slap,” which finished a distant fourth in the 8 p.m. hour with a 3.9 rating/6 share in the household overnights. Since most new series drop in the vicinity of 10 to 20 percent in week two, this is by no means a solid start for “The Slap.” But, in a time period that has kept NBC out of the competitive loop for years, that 3.9 overnight rating – excluding NFL Football and “Peter Pan Live!” (on 12/04/14) – was actually a season high for NBC. Comparably, “The Slap” was 11 percent above the 3.5/ 6 for the two-hour season-ending overnights for former time period occupant “The Biggest Loser” (on Jan. 29). And it did not lose any steam in the second half-hour.

Keep in mind that “The Slap” faced an encore telecast of “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS (#1: 6.9/11), which will not bode well for it once Sheldon and Leonard and company are back in originals next week (into the debut of the new version of sitcom “The Odd Couple”). Now lets wait and see what the demos look like, which is likely to skew older.

Considerably better news for NBC was week two of “The Blacklist” in the Thursday 9 p.m. hour at a second-place 5.9/ 7 in the overnights, which was 17 percent below competing “Scandal” on ABC (#1: 7.1/11). Comparably, this was a hefty 46 percent above lead-in “The Slap.” But “The Blacklist” was also 16 percent below the 6.8/11 for its time period debut one week earlier (which translated into 10.11 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share among adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data). As predicted, “The Blacklist” on Thursday has clearly given NBC a lift, but it is not as strong as it was in its familiar Monday 10 p.m. hour.

Leading out of “The Blacklist” was week two of drama “Allegiance,” which sunk to a distant third-place 2.6/ 4 in the household overnights at 10 p.m. Comparably, this was 24 percent below the already minimal 3.4/ 6 debut one week earlier (which translated into 4.98 million viewers and a 1.1/ 4 among adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data). And the overnight retention out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “The Blacklist” (5.7/ 9) was a mere 46 percent. Tick, tock…the cancellation clock is ticking.

In what should be considered the best retooling of any evening for any network this season, veteran “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC opened with a 6.0 rating/10 share in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, this finished third behind a repeat of aforementioned “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS (#1: 6.9/ 11) and an original installment of sophomore “Mom” (#2: 6.3/10 at 8:30 p.m.), and “American Idol” on Fox (#1 overall: 6.8/11). And it led into aforementioned “Scandal” (#1: 7.1/11) at 9 p.m., followed by freshman hit “How To Get Away With Murder” (#1: 6.1/11 at 10 p.m.). Comparably, “How To Get Away With Murder” beat the competition in the overnights — “Elementary” on CBS (5.2/ 9) and “Allegiance” on NBC (#3: 2.6/ 4) — by 17 percent and 135 percent, respectively.

Also on CBS was the next-to-last episode of “Two and a Half Men” (#2: 5.7/ 9) at 9 p.m. into another encore telecast of “The Big Bang Theory” (#3: 5.0/ 8 at 9:30 p.m.).

Elsewhere, episode four of detective drama “Backstrom” on Fox (#4: 2.8/ 4 at 9 p.m.) got a minor lift, increasing by eight percent from the 2.6/ 4 one week earlier. But the overnight retention out of the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “American Idol” (7.0/11) was only 40 percent. And this was still 46 percent below its debut just three weeks earlier. Four-week overnight track for “Backstrom”: 5.2/ 8 – 3.4/ 6 – 2.6/ 4 – 2.8/ 4.

The CW capped off the night with fading “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.3/ 2) and sophomore “Reign” (#5: 0.8/ 1), which dropped by 38 percent.

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.

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