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Ratings News - 21st 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 Wednesday Ratings

    Wednesday 5/20/15

    CBS 5.4/ 9
    NBC 5.2/ 9
    ABC 3.6/ 6
    Fox 2.7/ 4
    CW 1.1/ 2

    -Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 5/21/14:
    CBS: +15, NBC: +13, ABC: – 6, CW: -39, Fox: -56


    “Survivor” (CBS), “Modern Family” (ABC), “The Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS)

    -Positive Sampling:
    “500 Questions” (ABC)

    “MasterChef” (Fox), “Celebrity Wife Swap” (ABC)


    Ratings Breakdown:
    The two-hour “Survivor” season-ender led CBS to overnight victory on this final night of the traditional (September to May) television season. While its advantage over No. 2 NBC was only two-tenths of a rating point (or four percent) in households, the Eye net’s lead in adults 18-49 (and all the young adult demographics) will be considerably higher.

    “Survivor” closed this 30th edition (“World’s Apart”) at an estimated 5.7 rating/9 share in the household overnights from approximately 8-10:10 p.m. Comparably, this was four percent above the 5.5/ 9 in the overnights last week, which translated into 9.61 million viewers and a 2.3 rating/8 share among adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. The year-ago season finale scored a very similar 5.9/10 (on 5/21/14). While not the best season of “Survivor” creatively, chalk up another season of solid ratings. And the right person absolutely won!

    Leading out of “Survivor” was a shortened live reunion show at an estimated 4.5/ 8 from 10:15-11 p.m., which featured the fall 2015 “Second Chance” cast reveal. And the participating returnees (in order of season) are as follows:

    Kelly Wiglesworth (season 1), Kimmi Kappenberg (season 2), Jeff Varner (season 2), Andrew Savage (season 7), Terry Deitz (season 12), Peih-Gee Law (season 15), Stephen Fishbach (season 18), Monica Padilla (season 19), Abi-Maria Gomes (season 25), Vytas Baskauskas (season 27), Ciera Eastin,(season 27), Spencer Bledsoe (season 28), Tasha Fox (season 28), Woo Hwang (season 28), Kass McQuillen, (season 28), Jeremy Collins (season 29), Keith Nale (season 29), Kelley Wentworth (season 29), Joe Anglim (season 30), Shirin Oskooi (season 30)

    In series-premiere news, ABC game show “500 Questions” from Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell began its seven consecutive nightly run (excluding repeats on Saturday and Sunday) with a respectable 3.7/ 7 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, “500 Questions” bested the first half of the two-hour season-premiere of competing “MasterChef” on Fox (2.6/ 4) by a hefty 42 percent, and it should have no trouble ranking second in the hour in adults 18-49 (ahead of older skewing NBC drama “The Mysteries of Laura,” which concluded its freshman season with an above average 5.1/ 8 in the 8 p.m. hour).

    Given the competition from “Survivor,” consider this is a positive start for “500 Questions.” While the network, no doubt, was patterning this event type scheduling after former “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” on Aug. 16, 1999, my personal choice would not have been to launch it so close to a big holiday weekend. Translation: lower HUT Levels. That said, keep the expectations low.

    Next on ABC were the season-finale episodes of sitcoms “Modern Family” (#2t, 5.4/ 9) and “black-ish” (#3: 3.9/ 6), which will remain intact in the Wednesday 9 p.m. hour (out of returning “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs” next season). One year earlier, “Modern Family” ended the season with a notably larger 7.2/11 in the overnights (on 5/21/14).

    At 10 p.m. on ABC was the season-premiere of modest summer entry “Celebrity Wife Swap” (featuring Jackee Harry and Traci Lords) at a distant third-place 2.3/ 4 in the overnights at 10 p.m.

    Out of the season-finale of “The Mysteries of Laura” on NBC were the season-ending episodes of also older skewing dramas “Law & Order: SVU” (#2: 5.5/ 9) and “Chicago PD” (#2: 5.1/ 9) from 9-11 p.m., which all are worthy of positive mention for the compatibility. Older viewers need options too!

    Elsewhere, the aforementioned two-hour “MasterChef” season-opener on Fox could only muster a 2.7/ 4 from 8-10 p.m. Unfortunately, a 2.7 overnight household rating is unlikely to translate into much in the young adult demo department. And veteran “Supernatural” concluded season 10 on The CW at a typical 1.4/ 2 in the overnights from 9-10 p.m. An encore telecast of “Supernatural” scored a 0.9/ 2 in the 9 p.m. hour.

    In late night, it was all about David Letterman, of course, with his final appearance as host of CBS’ “Late Show” franchise at a whopping 9.3/21 in the household overnights. Comparably, this was 365 percent above the 2.0/ 8 on the year-ago evening and 300 percent above the 3.1/ 8 one week earlier. Make sure to visit our website (www.tvmediainsights.com) for rating updates from CBS throughout the day for Letterman.

    Source: Nielsen Media Research data

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