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Ratings News - 4th January 2016

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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.

    Household Rating/Share
    NBC 10.9/17
    CBS 7.3/11
    Fox 3.7/ 6
    ABC 1.9/ 3

    Percent Change from the Comparable Year-Ago period:
    NBC: +153, CBS: +14, ABC: -44, Fox: -68

    “Sunday Night Football” (NBC), “60 Minutes” (CBS)

    -Losers (excluding repeats):
    “Galavant” (ABC), “Charlie Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” (Fox), “Bordertown” (Fox)


    Ratings Analysis:
    The Minnesota Vikings at the Green Bay Packers on “Sunday Night Football” led NBC to overnight victory on this first Sunday of 2016. The match-up averaged an estimated 14.8 rating/23 share in households from 8:30-11:30 p.m., peaking in the 9:30 p.m. half-hour with a 15.5/23. Earlier in the evening on NBC was pre-game “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. half-hour (#4), a 3.1/ 5 at 7:30 p.m. (#4) and an 8.9/14 in the 8 p.m. half-hour (#2).

    As a reminder, results for any living sporting event are always estimated.

    Football also gave CBS a lift with an approximate 55-minute primetime football overrun at an estimated 15.0/24 in households in the 7 p.m. hour. Individual program results for CBS are all estimated as well and appear as follows:

    8:00 p.m. “60 Minutes”: 9.7/18 (#2)
    9:00 p.m. “Undercover Boss”: 5.1/ 7 (#2
    10:00 p.m. “Limitless” R: 2.2/ 4 (#2)

    There were two sitcom premieres on Fox last night: live action “Charlie Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” and animated “Bordertown.” “Charlie Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” was left at the starting gate with a 1.7/ 2 in the household overnights at 8:30 p.m., which was a hefty 41 percent below lead-in “The Simpsons” (#3: 2.9/ 4 at 8 p.m.). One week earlier, an encore of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” scored at 1.8/ 3 in the 8:30 p.m. time period. And “Bordertown” was similarly lackluster at a 1.6/ 2 at 9:30 p.m. (#3), which was 27 percent below lead-in “Family Guy” (2.2/ 3 at 9 p.m.). One week earlier, a repeat of “Last Man on Earth” averaged a 1.2/ 2. While I am the first to tell you that the overnights are not necessarily indicative of anything airing on Fox, initial ratings this low will not bode well in other data streams.


    Earlier in the evening on Fox was a half-hour primetime football overrun (8.9/14 at 7 p.m.) into post-game “The OT” at a 5.2/ 8 (#2) at 7:30 p.m.

    In sophomore season premiere news, ABC comedy farce “Galavant” had nothing to laugh about, with a miniscule 1.9/ 3 in the household overnights from 8-9 p.m. Comparably, that dipped from lead-in “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (#2: 3.3/ 5 at 7 p.m.) by 42 percent. And it led to two encore telecasts of freshman drama “Quantico” at an average 1.3/ 2 from 9-11 p.m.


    Source: Nielsen Media Research

  • About the Daily Ratings
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    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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