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Ratings News - 8th 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 Wednesday Ratings

    Wednesday 10/07/15

    Fox 6.5/10
    CBS 5.1/ 8
    NBC 4.6/ 8
    ABC 4.3/ 7
    CW 1.5/ 2

    -Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening – Wednesday 10/08/14:
    Fox: +141, NBC: -13, CBS: -14, ABC: -16, CW: -17


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

    “Supernatural” (CW)

    “Nashville” (ABC), “Code Black” (CBS)


    -Ratings Breakdown:
    Led by “Empire,” Fox is the network to beat on Wednesday. “Empire” topped the night at an 8.7 rating/14 share in the household overnights from 9-10 p.m., which was just three percent below the 9.0/14 one week earlier. And that 9.0 in the overnights translated into 13.74 million viewers and a 5.5 rating/17 share in adults 18-49 (based on the Live + Same Day data). Once Live + 7 Day results are factored in, anticipate another week of over 20-million viewers for “Empire.”

    Episode three of “Empire” lead-in “Rosewood” dropped to a 4.3/ 7 in the overnights at 8 p.m. (#4), which was 10 percent below the 4.8/ 8 one week earlier. Year-ago occupant “Hell’s Kitchen” only scored a 3.1/ 5 (on 10/08/14), and this should still be good for close to just under a 2.0 in adults 18-49. Given the underwhelming performance for “Minority Report” on Monday (and the word underwhelm is kind), expect a full season episode order for “Rosewood.”

    Unfortunately for Fox, there are holes aplenty outside of Wednesday.

    On CBS, warhorse “Survivor” continues to successfully tick, with a 5.4/ 9 in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m. good for over 9-million viewers and an expected 2.3-2.4 rating in adults 18-49 once the Live + Same Day data is released. Veteran “Criminal Minds,” however, slipped to a 5.4/ 8 in the overnights at 9 p.m., which was 13 percent below its 6.2/10 season opener one week earlier and it should fall in the vicinity of a 1.7 rating in the demo. As for this current season of “Survivor,” this is another “A” grade edition Mr. Burnett.

    With weaker lead-in support, week two of CBS drama “Code Black” dropped to a 4.4/ 8 (#1) at 10 p.m., which was 21 percent below the 5.6/10 one week earlier and 14 percent below marginal “Stalker” on the year-ago evening (5.1/ 9 on 10/08/14). Chances are “Code Black” will only score about a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49.

    In season-premiere news, “Arrow” on The CW was right on par with the year-ago opener at a 1.9/ 3 in the overnights at 8 p.m. (which should result in about a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49). But veteran “Supernatural,” which is now in season 11, slipped to a 1.2/ 2 at 9 p.m. Comparably, that was 37 percent below the 1.9/ 5 year-ago opener (which benefitted out of the record 3.4/ 5 opening levels for lead-in “The Flash” on 10/08/14), and 33 below the 8:30 p.m. portion of “Arrow” (21.8/ 3).

    Over at ABC, the two-hour comedy block – “The Middle” (#2: 5.1/ 9), “The Goldbergs” (#4: 4.5/ 7), “Modern Family” (#2: 5.5/ 9) and “black-ish” (#4: 4.1/ 6) – remained a solid alternative. But tired “Nashville” dipped to a 3.3/ 6 in the overnights at 10 p.m., which will probably result in only about a 1.1-rating in adults 18-49.

    NBC, meanwhile, remains a respectable older-skewing alternative with its line-up of dramas “The Mysteries of Laura” (#3: 4.9/ 8), “Law & Order: SVU” (#4: 4.7/ 7) and “Chicago PD” (#2: 4.3/ 7).

    Source: Nielsen Media Research

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