TV Ratings Tuesday: 'The Biggest Loser' Hits Low, 'Dads' Flat + 'Supernatural' Rises Against the State of the Union Address

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January 29th, 2014

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/4 1.3/3 1.3/3 1.1/3 1.1/3 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.1/3 1.1/3 0.8/3 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.928 3.182 8.217 2.519 3.108 4.339

Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for The State of the Union Address are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC was the number one network in adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On NBC, The Biggest Loser earned a season low tying 1.7, down two tenths  from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The Originals earned a 1.0, down a tenth from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Supernatural scored a 1.2, up a tenth from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating and matching its season high.

On FOX, Dads matched last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

At 9PM, The State of the Union Address earned a 1.1 on ABC (down a tenth from last year's 1.2) , 1.3 on CBS ( up from last year's 1.1) , 1.4 on NBC (down from last year's 1.6) and 1.0 on FOX (up from last year's 0.9). Note: national ratings for the State of the Union Address will be sustained by Nielsen as it ran without commercials.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, January 28, 2014 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC The Biggest Loser (8-9PM) 1.7 5 6.64
CBS NCIS-R 1.5 4 11.43
FOX Dads 1.5 4 3.90
ABC Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.-R 1.1 3 3.96
CW The Originals 1.0 3 2.25
8:30PM FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine -R 1.2 3 3.34
9:00 PM NBC State of the Union Address/ Analysis (9-11PM) 1.4 4 5.57
CBS State of the Union Address (9-10:30) 1.3 3 7.43
CW Supernatural 1.2 3 2.79
ABC State of the Union Address (9-10:30) 1.1 3 4.89
FOX State of the Union Address (9-10:30) 1.0 3 2.83
10:30 PM CBS News Analysis/Two and a Half Men -R 0.8 2 4.16
ABC News Analysis/The Goldbergs -R 0.8 2 3.46


via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Tuesday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.2/6.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.


  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.


  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.7/6 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1 with an encore).


  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.9/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for  live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • Adir

    Season high SPN?

  • Dennis

    OMG Supernatural, for a nine year old show this is just amazing!

  • Rene

    Ouch The Biggest Loser

  • Nacho


  • Eu

    Go Supernatural

  • CBSviewer

    Go Supernatural :)

  • Dante

    The Biggest Loser still would have beaten down Chicago MISfire if the latter was on last night.

  • Eu

    Cw (:

  • Jemma

    Woo! Go SPN! :D

  • fra

    half hours of The originals?

  • Beel


  • Valentin

    WOAW at SPN! Great for it!

  • Oliver

    Screw “de facto cancelled”, I think Fox will be bringing Dads back.

  • SPN

    Way to go supernatural!!!! <3

  • morrigan2575

    Wow, look at Supernatural go.

  • Seth

    Outstanding for Dads.

  • AAA

    Finally Dean Winchester’s picture is on the front page. Me likey.:)

    That was a surprise, I was pretty sure SPN will go down. I guess not everyone is into Obama speeches. Very high viewership for very average episode is probably result for amazing last week’s one. Will see if SPN will hold this demo in finals.
    Originals will probably adjusted up.

  • Nasir

    Good for SPN! Even though last night was pretty boring to me. I zoned out halfway. But still good ratings.

  • Jenk

    Why does everyone show the State of the Union? Wouldn’t they be better showing something with commercials so they can get ad revenue?

  • Carl

    I’m pretty surprised. I do think it may be adjusted down, to 1.1 or 1.0, but still, I wasn’t expecting them to get a 1.2.

    And so nice to see Dean’s handsome face.

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