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Ratings News - 15th May 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 Thursday Ratings

    Thursday 5/14/15

    ABC 5.6/ 8
    CBS 5.0/ 8
    NBC 3.8/ 6
    Fox 3.1/ 5
    CW 1.0/ 2


    -Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 5/15/14:
    NBC: +73, ABC: +33, CBS: -18, CW: -23, Fox: -32


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


    “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC)

    -Losers (excluding repeats):
    “Wayward Pines” (Fox), “Reign” (CW), “American Crime” (ABC), “Dateline” (NBC)


    -Ratings Breakdown:
    With three repeat episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” in the competitive CBS mix, a night of season-enders led ABC to Thursday overnight victory. “Grey’s Anatomy” opened with a dominant 6.6 rating/11 share in the household overnights at 8 p.m., leading into “Scandal” at an almost identical (and first place) 6.5/10 at 9 p.m. The freshman season conclusion of “American Crime” followed at a second-place 3.6/ 6 at 10 p.m. While certainly not a hit in the ratings, critics embraced “American Crime” and the upcoming second season (which will return in midseason) will…a la “American Horror Story” on FX…feature returning actors in different roles.

    “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” will remain in the Thursday 8-10 p.m. block on ABC next season, leading into the return of “How To Get Away With Murder” at 10 p.m.

    In series-premiere news, limited Fox drama “Wayward Pines” opened at a modest (and fourth place) 2.9/ 5 in the overnights at 9 p.m., which was only equal to an episode of “Bones” one week earlier and 49 percent below “American Idol” on the year-ago evening (5.7/ 9 on 5/15/14). The only positive (and let’s see what the demos look like, which are not expected to be much) was no loss in the overnights at 9:30 p.m.

    Veteran “Bones” at 8 p.m. opened the night for Fox with a third-place 3.2/ 6 at 8 p.m., which was 10 percent above lead-out “Wayward Pines.”

    On CBS, the revival of “The Odd Couple” (which returns in midseason in 2015-16) ended its inaugural season with a second-place 5.1/ 9 at 8:30 p.m. Comparably, overnight retention for “The Odd Couple” out of the first encore telecast of “The Big Bang Theory” (#2: 6.0/10 at 8 p.m.) was positive at 85 percent. Next on the Eye net were two more repeat episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” (#3: avg. 4.8/ 8 from 9-10 p.m.), followed by the season-finale of detective drama “Elementary” at a typical 4.8/ 8 (#1) from 10-11 p.m. After returning “Thursday Night Football” concludes next fall, the CBS sitcom rotation with be “The Big Bang Theory,” freshman “Life in Pieces” (which initially debuts out of “Big Bang” on Monday), season three of “Mom,” and newbie “Angel From Hell.”

    Third overall for the night was NBC, which featured a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 2.6/ 4 at 8 p.m.), respectable “The Blacklist” (#2: 5.2/ 8 at 9 p.m.) and “Dateline” (#3: 3.5/ 6 at 10 p.m.). Leading into “The Blacklist” next fall will be “Heroes” reboot “Heroes Reborn” at 8 p.m., and leading out of it will be new drama “The Player” at 10 p.m.

    Also concluding their seasons last night were The CW’s fading “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 1.3/ 2 at 8 p.m.) and sophomore “Reign” (#5: 0.8/ 1 at 9 p.m.), which is certainly not strong enough to be anchoring Friday next season. The best option for The CW on Thursday for 2015-16 in midseason would be upcoming “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” at 8 p.m. into “The Vampire Diaries” at 9 p.m.

    Source: Nielsen Media Research

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    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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