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Ratings News - 18th May 2015

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  • 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.

    Sunday 5/17/15 Metered Markets

    ABC 6.7/11
    CBS 4.3/ 7
    NBC 3.3/ 6
    Fox 1.6/ 3

    Percent Change from the Year-Ago Oscar Evening – Sunday 5/18/14:
    NBC: +120, ABC: +12, Fox: -24, CBS: -35


    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.

    “2015 Billboard Music Awards” (ABC)

    -No Longer the Forces They Once Were:
    “The Simpsons” (Fox), “Family Guy” (Fox)

    -Losers (excluding repeats):
    “Battle Creek” (CBS), “A.D.: The Bible Continues” (NBC), “American Odyssey” (NBC)


    Ratings Breakdown:
    It was an easy Sunday overnight victory for ABC care of the “2015 Billboard Music Awards,” which scored a 7.6 rating/13 share in households from 8-11 p.m. (peaking in the 9:30 p.m. half hour at an 8.1/13). Comparably, this was 13 percent above the 6.7/11 for the “Billboard Music Awards” on the year-ago evening, and that 6.7 rating in the household overnights translated into 10.74 million viewers and a 3.5 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day dat)a. For the complete listing of the winners, click on the following:

    Earlier in the evening on ABC was the season-finale of veteran “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at a 4.1/ 8 (#2t) from 7-8 p.m.

    CBS finished a distant second overall in the overnights with its combination of older-skewing granddaddy newsmagazine “60 Minutes” (#1: 6.6/12); “The I Love Lucy Superstar Special” (#3: 4.1/ 7), featuring the colorized version of episodes “L.A. at Last!” and “Lucy and Superman;” and two episodes of canceled crime solver “Battle Creek” (9 p.m.: #2: 3.4/ 5; 10 p.m.: #2: 3.3/ 6). Comparably, this third “I Love Lucy” special slipped by 34 percent from the most recent (in this time period) on Dec. 7, 2014 (6.2/ 9, featuring the Christmas and “Job Switching” episodes).

    Over at NBC, a two-hour edition of “Dateline” got some mileage with a 4.1/ 7 in the overnights from 7-9 p.m. But “A.D.: The Bible Continues” dropped to a 3.1/ 5 from 9-10 p.m. (#3), followed by canceled “American Odyssey” at a mere 1.8/ 3 at 10 p.m. (#3).

    Diluted Fox opened with a repeat of “The Simpsons” (#4: 1.2/ 2) and an original installment of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 1.2/ 2) from 7-8 p.m., followed by the season-finale episodes of the regularly scheduled edition of “The Simpsons” (#4: 1.9/ 3), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (#4: 1.7/ 3), “Family Guy” (#4: 2.0/ 3) and the regularly scheduled “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: 1.6/ 3) from 8-10 p.m. Year-to-year, veteran “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” (at 8:30 p.m. on 5/18/14) dropped by 21 percent and 29 percent, respectfully, in the overnights. Despite the slippage all season, Fox is keeping its Sunday line-up intact next fall.

    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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  • Additional Ratings Resources
    If you’re interested in Ratings/Renewals/Cancellations then we have a number of resources here at SpoilerTV that we recommend you check out.

    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.

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