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Ratings News - 18th 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)

Tables being updated live. Please refresh for updates.

Last Week Ratings

If you would like to see last weeks ratings for the same day so that you can compare, click this link.

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 Tuesday Ratings
“Repeat After Me” on ABC is Stalled at the Opening Gate

Tuesday 2/17/15
Note: The Atlanta and Greenville-Spartanburg markets are not included in the following averages.

CBS 8.5/14
Fox 2.7/ 4
ABC 2.6/ 4
NBC 2.5/ 4
CW 2.1/ 3

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Tuesday 2/81/14:
Note: NBC aired the XXII Winter Olympics from Sochi on the year-ago evening.
CW: +200, CBS: +63, ABC: +30, Fox: -58, NBC: -79

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 other benchmarks including the expected demographic ratings, potential DVR usage, the critical acclaim (or lack of) and the social media presence.

“NCIS” (CBS), “The Flash” (CW), “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS)

-Honorable Mention:
“Chicago Fire” (NBC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “Repeat After Me” (ABC), “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (ABC), “Marry Me” (NBC), “New Girl” (Fox), “About a Boy” (NBC), “The Mindy Project” (Fox), “Countdown to the Oscars: 15 Movies That Changed American Cinema” (ABC)


Ratings Breakdown:
It was no contest with the CBS drama combination of “NCIS” (#1 for the night: 11.0 rating/17 share), spin-off “NCIS: New Orleans” (8.8/13) and “Person of “Interest” (5.8/10) holding a wide advantage in the Tuesday household overnights in each of the six half-hours. But, mirroring all season, “Person of Interest” continues to lose a large chunk of the “NCIS: New Orleans” lead-in (33 percent from the 9:30 p.m. portion last night – 8.6/13). And results in adults 18-49 and all the key demographics could be neck-and-neck in the 10 p.m. hour between “Person of Interest” and competing “Chicago Fire” on NBC (#2: 4.1/ 7), which built from hiatus-bound lead-in “About a Boy” (#4: series low 1.6/ 2 at 9:30 p.m.) by 156 percent.

As the networks begin to map out their primetime line-ups for 2015-16, CBS should consider another drama option for the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour. It could do better here.

Opposite “Person of Interest” and “Chicago Fire” was ABC 10 p.m. special “Countdown to the Oscars: 15 Movies That Changed American Cinema,” which was complete bust at a distant third-place 2.0/ 3 in the overnights.

In series-premiere news, ABC comical reality series “Repeat After Me,” hosted by “The Goldbergs” star Wendi McLendon-Covey, was a huge disappointment at a third-place 2.8/ 4 in the overnights at 8:30 p.m. Comparably, this was 12 percent below the debut of failed time period sitcom occupant “Manhattan Love Story” on 9/30/14 (3.2/ 5). And it slipped by 32 percent from recently introduced lead-in “Fresh Off the Boat” (#2: 4.1/ 6 at 8 p.m.), which was just nine percent below the 4.5/ 7 in the overnights for its 8 p.m. airing last week. A second episode of “Fresh Off the Boat” scored a 4.1/ 6 at 8:30 p.m. one week earlier, which was 46 percent above “Repeat After Me.” Three weeks (and five episodes) in and “Fresh Off the Boat” remains promising for ABC.

Leading out of “Repeat After Me” on ABC was time period filler “Marvel’s Agent Carter” at a series-low 2.4/ 4 from 9-10 p.m. (distant #2), which was 14 percent below the 2.8/ 4 one week earlier.

Elsewhere, freshman drama “The Flash” on The CW remains the real deal at a 2.7/ 4 at 8 p.m., which was equal to one week earlier. But overnight erosion for lead-out “Supernatural” (#4: 1.6/ 2 at 9 p.m.) was still significant at 41 percent (despite increasing by 14 percent week to week). Fox was at typical overnight levels care of “MasterChef Junior” (#3: 3.5/ 5 from 8-9 p.m.), “New Girl” (#3: 2.1/ 3) and “The Mindy Project” (#3: 1.7/ 3), which for the sitcoms is not a good thing. And hiatus-bound freshman NBC comedy “Marry Me” sunk to a series-low (and last-place) 1.4/ 2 in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which means divorce TV style inevitable. Earlier in the evening were two more episodes of “Parks and Recreation” at a 2.0/ 3 at 8 p.m. (#4) and a 1.6/ 2 at 8:30 p.m., which finished last in each of the half-hours.

As a reminder, NBC sitcom “Undateable” will begin its second season on Tuesday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ET following “The Voice” and into new comedy “One Big Happy” at 9:30 p.m. ET from writer Liz Feldman and executive producer Ellen DeGeneres. And “Parks and Recreation” officially concludes with a one-hour episode on Feb. 24 from 10-11 p.m. out of a two-hour edition of “The Voice.”

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 (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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Additional Ratings Resources

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Our Cancellation/Renewal predictions for the current season.
Ratings Database
Historical Ratings Database for nearly all major US shows going back to their first episodes.
Full Season Tables
The current season full ratings tables for both Total Viewers and 18-49 Demos
Ratings Scorecard
See how all the shows stack up against each other in the Ratings Scorecard Table.