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Ratings News - 1st October 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 Tuesday Ratings

    Wednesday 9/30/15

    Fox 6.9/11
    CBS 5.8/10
    ABC 4.5/ 8
    NBC 4.4/ 7
    CW 0.7/ 1

    -Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 10/01/14:
    Fox: +146, CW: +17, CBS: – 9, ABC: -13, NBC: -15


    “Survivor” (CBS), “Empire” (Fox), “Modern Family” (ABC)

    -Honorable Mention:
    “The Middle” (ABC), “The Goldbergs” (ABC)

    -Adequate Sampling:
    “Code Black” (CBS)

    -A Definite Contender:
    “Rosewood” (Fox)

    “The iHeartRadio Music Festival” (CW), “Nashville” (ABC)


    Ratings Breakdown:
    Fox led this second Wednesday of the new television season and will continue to do so as long as “Empire” is running. “Empire” stood well above the competition, with a 9.0 rating/14 share in the household overnights from 9-11 p.m. Comparably, the 10.4/17 in the overnights for the sophomore season premiere of “Empire” one week earlier resulted in to 22.5 million viewers and a record 8.7 rating/27 share in adult 18-49, based on the Live + 3 Day data.

    New lead-in drama “Rosewood” experienced the normal week two erosion, with a 4.8/ 8 in households down by 19 percent from the 5.9/10 one week earlier. Last week that resulted in an initial tune-in of 7.54 million viewers and a 2.4/ 9 in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. And, like the first episode of “Rosewood,” there was noticeable overnight growth in the second half-hour (16 percent last night: 4.4/ 7 to 5.1/ 8). You can refer to that as pre tune-in for “Empire.”

    In series-premiere news, CBS medical drama “Code Black” was sampled at a dominant 5.6/10 in the household overnights at 10 p.m. Comparably, retention for “Code Black” out of the 9:30 p.m. portion of “Criminal Minds” (6.3/10) was solid at 89 percent. But, comparably, the “Code Black” opener was seven percent below the year-ago series-premiere of former time period occupant “Stalker” (6.0/10 on 10/01/14), which lasted only one season. The bottom line: The sampling for “Code Black” was adequate (but not significant).

    Earlier in the evening on CBS was always reliable “Survivor” at a 5.4/ 9 (#2) from 8-9 p.m., which was equal to the 90-minute season-opener one week earlier. And that resulted in 9.70 million viewers and a 2.5 rating/9 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live + Same Day data. In other words, veteran “Survivor” is showing no signs of slowing down.

    Aforementioned “Criminal Minds” opened this 11th season at a 6.2/10 (#2) from 9-10 p.m., which was 17 percent below the 7.5/12 opener one year earlier.

    In season-premiere news, “Chicago PD” returned for season three on NBC with a 4.2/ 7 in the overnights at 10 p.m. (#2), which was a minor improvement from its “Law & Order: SVU” lead-in (#4: 4.1/ 7 at 9 p.m.). Given that “SVU grew last week by 71 percent in adults 18-49 in five days (after time-shifting and alternative platform viewing was factored in), compatible “Chicago PD” could ultimately follow the same path.

    Earlier in the evening on NBC was “The Mysteries of Laura” at a 5.0/ 8 in households from 8-9 p.m., which was four percent above the 4.8/ 8 one week earlier. Given how competitive the hour is, there should be room for an older-skewing vehicle like “The Mysteries of Laura.”

    Elsewhere, ABC experienced minor seven percent overnight slippage for the night from one week earlier with its line-up of sitcoms “The Middle” (#1t: 5.4/ 9), “The Goldbergs” (#4: 4.7/ 8). “Modern Family” (#3: 5.9/ 9) and “black-ish” (#4: 4.1/ 7), and perennially sluggish drama “Nashville” (#3: 3.4/ 6 at 10 p.m.). And The CW capped off the night with part two of “The iHeartRadio Music Festival” at a mere 0.7/ 1 in the overnights from 8-10 p.m.

    Source: Nielsen Media Research

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