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Ratings News - 16th April 2015

  • Last Week's Final Adjusted Ratings

  • Early Ratings Analysis by Marc Berman (TVMediaInsights)
    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)

    NOTE: The opinions expressed here are NOT those of SpoilerTV but of the Author of this Article, Marc Berman.

    Metered Market Wednesday Rating
    CBS and Fox Tie for No. 1

    Wednesday 4/15/15

    CBS 5.8/10
    Fox 5.8/ 9
    ABC 4.0/ 7
    NBC 2.8/ 5
    CW 1.6/ 3

    -Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 4/16/14:
    ABC: +54, CBS: +18, Fox: no change, CW: -6, NBC: -12


    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), “Criminal Minds” (CBS)

    -Losers (excluding repeats):
    “Nashville” (ABC)


    Ratings Breakdown:
    CBS and Fox tied for overnight Wednesday leadership (in rating), with a 5.8 rating/9 share in the household overnights for two-hours of “American Idol” on Fox consistent from the year-ago evening. But competing “Survivor’s” (#2: 5.7/10) expected advantage over the first hour of “American Idol” in adults 18-49 should be enough to lift CBS to victory for the evening in the demo.

    “Survivor,” which was unfortunately very predictable last night, led into a dominant performance in the overnights for dramas “Criminal Minds” (6.4/10) and recently introduced “CSI: Cyber” (5.4/ 9) from 9-11 p.m. While “Criminal Minds” may become the parent to a second spin-off series next season (remember short-lived “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” in 2011?), that 5.4 overnight rating for “CSI: Cyber” (coupled with the older demographic profile) may not be enough to warrant a second season.

    Third-place ABC was below average because of the repeat of “Modern Family” in the 9 p.m. half-hour, which scored a 4.0/ 6 (#3) into a 3.8/ 6 (#3) for a 9:30 p.m. edition of “The Goldbergs.” If “The Goldbergs” builds from the “Modern Family” encore in the key young adult demos (and chances are it will), ABC could ultimately pair it with the multi Emmy Award winner next season. Moving it to Wednesday at 8 p.m. to lift the evening may be a better move, however.

    Earlier in the evening on ABC were “The Middle” (#3: 5.0/ 9) and the regularly scheduled edition of “The “Goldbergs” (#3: 4.6/ 7) from 8-9 p.m. And capping it off was three-year old drama “Nashville” at a typically modest 3.4/ 6 at 10 p.m. (#2). As previously mentioned, “Nashville” could very well be back for a fourth season because of the need for more original episodes in off-network.

    Elsewhere, NBC populated this third Wednesday in April with encore telecasts of “The Mysteries of Laura” (#4: 3.0/ 5), “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 2.7/ 4) and “Chicago PD” (#3: 2.8/ 5). And reliable “Arrow” on The CW (#5: 1.9/ 3) led into a 1.3/ 2 (#5) for veteran “Supernatural” at 9 p.m., which does need to end at some point. One year earlier, former CW time period occupant “The 100” scored a 1.4/ 2 in the household overnights out of a 2.0/ 3 for “Arrow.”

    Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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