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Ratings News - 29th 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 5/28/15

    NBC 4.3/ 7
    CBS 3.7/ 6
    ABC 3.2/ 6
    Fox 3.2/ 6
    CW 0.6/ 1


    -Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Thursday 5/29/14:
    ABC: +45, NBC: +43, CW: +20, Fox: +10, CBS: -10


    -Respectable Sampling:
    “Aquarius” (NBC)

    -Worthy of Continuing:
    “500 Questions” (ABC)


    Ratings Breakdown:
    Outside of the traditional (September to May) television season, anything is possible on any night of the week in the summer. NBC, which is not known for much success on Thursday, took control of the night in the household overnights care of an 8-9 p.m. edition of “Dateline” (#2: 4.6 rating/8 share) and the two episode debut of David Duchovny 1967-based drama “Aquarius.”

    The first episode of “Aquarius” won the 9 p.m. hour with a 4.1 rating/ 7 share, which was a hefty 46 percent above the two episode year-ago debut of sitcom “Undateable” (avg. 2.8/ 5 on 5/29/14). The second episode of “Aquarius” also topped the time period, with a 3.9/ 7 from 10-11 p.m. Comparably, that beat year-ago time period occupant “Last Comic Standing” (3.1/ 5 on 5/39/14) by 26 percent and it was NBC’s highest metered market household rating in the Thursday 10 p.m. hour since “Dateline” five weeks ago. The initial prognosis for “Aquarius” is a positive one based on the overnights. Now let’s see what the young adult demos look like.

    Effective next Thursday, “Aquarius” airs in the 9 p.m. hour into the third-season premiere of drama “Hannibal” at 10 p.m.

    In season (or series) finale news, a two-hour edition of ABC event game show “500 Questions” perked up to a 3.7/ 6 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, that was two-tenths of a rating point (or six percent) above the 3.5/ 6 one week earlier. And it should translate into a 1.1-1.2 rating among adults 18-49, which should be enough for an additional episode order.

    Next on ABC was an encore of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at a third-place 2.3/ 4 at 10 p.m.

    On Fox, episode three of quirky drama “Wayward Pines” slipped by 12 percent week to week, with a fourth-place 2.9/ 5 from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, that should translate into about a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49. The lead-in, veteran “Bones,” scored a 3.6/ 6 in the overnights from 8-9 p.m. (#4), which was 24 percent above “Wayward Pines.”

    Elsewhere, CBS populated the evening with encore telecasts of “The Big Bang Theory” (#1: 5.4/10), “The Odd Couple” (#2: 3.7/ 6), “Mom” (#4: 3.6/ 6), “Mike & Molly” (#3: 3.4/ 6) and drama “Elementary” (#2: 3.1/ 5). And The CW also traveled the repeat route with ‘iZombie” at 8 p.m. (#5: 0.7/ 1) and a 9 p.m. installment of tired “The Vampire Diaries” (#5: 0.4/ 1). Unless “The Vampire Diaries” comes back to life next fall (and I would not count on that), the logical move for The CW would be to position upcoming “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” in the Thursday 8 p.m. hour in midseason. Stay tuned.

    Source: Nielsen Media Research

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