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Ratings News - 12th March 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 Tuesday Rating
Nine Straight Weeks of Growth for Fox Mega-Hit Empire

Wednesday 3/11/15

Fox 8.6/14
CBS 6.1/10
NBC 3.1/ 5
ABC 2.9/ 5
CW 0.9/ 2

-Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 3/12/14
Fox: +21, CW: +12, CBS: – 9, NBC: -26, ABC: -36


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.

“Survivor” (CBS), “Empire” (Fox)

“CSI: Cyber” (CBS)

“American Idol” (Fox), “Criminal Minds” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
Nothing…42 percent of the schedule was in repeats.


Ratings Breakdown:
The growth continues for Fox mega-hit “Empire,” which at a 10.1 rating/16 share in the household overnights from 9-10 p.m. was five percent above the 9.6/15 one week earlier. And that 9.6 rating in the overnights translated into 14.33 million viewers and a 5.8 rating/17 share among adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data. Comparably, this was the ninth consecutive week of growth for “Empire,” which could very well be a record historically. And “Empire” built from the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “American Idol” (7.5/12) by 35 percent.

Ten-week overnight track for “Empire”: 6.8/10 – 7.3/11 – 7.6/12 – 7.9/12 – 8.0/12 – 8.2/13 – 8.8/13 – 9.2/14 – 9.6/15 – 10.1/16. Worth repeating: unprecedented!

Overall, “American Idol” led the 8-9 p.m. hour with a 7.0/12, which was equal to one year earlier. But chances are competing “Survivor” (#2: 5.6/ 9) on CBS will have the advantage in adults 18-49 (which, last week, was a 2.3 rating/7 share for “Survivor” versus a 2.1/ 7 for “American Idol”). Three weeks into this new edition of “Survivor” and it remains an ongoing addiction.

In week two news, “CSI” spin-off “CSI: Cyber” dipped by only two percent from one week earlier with a dominant 6.3/11 in the 10 p.m. hour. And that 6.4/11 in the overnights last week translated into 10.46 million viewers and a 1.8/ 6 among adults 18-49, based on the Live Plus Same Day data. Overnight retention, meanwhile, was a solid 94 percent out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “Criminal Minds” (6.7/11) and this was on par with its year-ago parent series in the hour, which are two more positives. The prognosis: While CBS may want to deviate from any new crime solvers next season (based on the failure of also recently introduced “Battle Creek” on Sunday), the “CSI” formula still resonates with the older crowd.

Overall, veteran “Criminal Minds” (#2: 6.5/10) built by three percent week-to-week opposite the “Empire” steamroller. But, year-to-year, it dipped by 14 percent from the 7.6/12 on 3/12/14.

In season-finale news was sophomore drama “The 100” on The CW at a 1.1/ 2 in the overnights from 9-10 p.m., which built from a repeat of lead-in “Arrow” (#5: 0.8/ 1 at 8 p.m.) by 37 percent.

Elsewhere, repeat was the operative observation. Distant third-place NBC populated the evening with encores of “The Mysteries of Laura” (#4: 3.3/ 6), “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 2.7/ 4) and “Chicago PD” (#2: 3.2/ 5). And ABC aired repeats of “The Goldbergs” (two episodes: #4: avg. 3.2/ 6 from 8-9 p.m.) and “Modern Family” (#3: 3.6/ 6 at 9 p.m.) into a clips and bloopers edition of “black-ish” at 9:30 p.m. (#3: 3.3/ 5). An encore of the pilot episode of “American Crime” capped off the night for the alphabet net with a 2.0/ 3 at 10 p.m., which trailed the “Chicago PD” second-run by 37 percent.

Needless to say, ABC is considering moving “The Goldbergs” into the Wednesday 8 p.m. half-hour next season. Stay tuned.

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).

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