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Ratings News - 23rd 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.

Sunday 2/22/15 Metered Markets
Oscars on ABC Down 12 Percent in the Overnights Year-to-Year

ABC 20.5/31
CBS 3.2/ 5
NBC 2.1/ 3
Fox 1.3/ 2

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Oscar Evening – Sunday 3/02/14:
ABC: -11, Fox: -13, CBS: -14, NBC: -19


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 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. Keep in mind, as always, that results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

“The 87th Annual Academy Awards” (ABC), “Live From the Red Carpet” (ABC)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
Everything outside of ABC was a repeat with the exception of the primetime golf overrun and the “60 Minutes” tribute to Bob Simon on CBS.


Ratings Breakdown:
It was all about ABC, of course, care of “The 87th Annual Academy Awards.” But there was, as expected, year-to-year overnight erosion, which could be the result of the caliber of movies this year. They were not the best. The Oscars averaged an approximate 24.6 rating/39 share in the household overnights from 8:30 p.m.-12:12 a.m. ET, peaking in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour at a 25.6/37. Comparably, this was 12 percent below the 27.9/41 in the overnights for the year-ago Oscars telecast (on Sunday 3/02/14), and that translated into 43.74 million viewers and a 13.1 rating/33 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data (which, at the time, was the most-watched “Academy Awards” telecast in 14 years.


Earlier in the evening on ABC was the “Live from the Red Carpet” special at a 9.7/16 at 7 p.m., a 12.0/19 at 7:30 p.m. and a 16.5/26 in the 8 p.m. half-hour. The three half-hours averaged a 12.7/20, which was eight percent below the 13.8/22 on the year-ago Oscars night.

On CBS, a 90-minute edition of granddaddy “60 Minutes” paying tribute to the late Bob Simon was below-average at a 4.3/ 6 from 7:30-9 p.m. The delayed start was a result of an East Coast PGA Golf Tour primetime overrun at a 4.6/ 8 (#2) in the 7 p.m. half-hour. Capping off the night for the Eye net was 2012 theatrical “Act of Valor” at a 2.2/ 3 in the overnights from 9-11 p.m.

Elsewhere, NBC populated this Oscars evening with encore telecasts of “Dateline” (#3: 3.6/ 6 at 7 p.m.), “Chicago Fire” (#4: 1.5/ 2 at 8 p.m.), “Law & Order: SVU” (#3: 1.6/ 2 at 9 p.m.) and “Chicago PD” (#3: 1.8/ 3) from 7-11 p.m. And Fox traveled the repeat route as well courtesy of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 1.2/ 2), two episodes of “The Simpsons” (7:30 p.m.: #4: 1.3/ 2; 8 p.m.: #3: 1.7/ 3), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 1.2/ 2), “Family Guy” (#4: 1.3/ 2) and another encore telecast of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 1.2/ 2).

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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