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.

  • Just Because

    I watched Teen Wolf on my computer, then a Psych I hadn’t seen on my DVR. State of the Union? PFFFT. BAD. Enough said.

  • Raykov

    CW beating 2 major networks! They really turned it around from last year :)

  • Orfeo france

    I’m amazed by the results of “Supernatural” , if it doesn’t adjust down, with a season high (?)!!!! This season, this 9-year old series is performing very well, much better than i would think from last season’s numbers. last night’s episode was touching with a nice performance by D.J. Qualls.

  • Oliver


    I believe major networks are required to air it in their license.

  • r0ckmypants

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

    I actually wouldn’t be too surprised if they ordered a short season, held it until 2015, and then aired it in the animation block when Seth MacFarlane’s new animated series finishes its initial run, just to try it out. It wouldn’t be the strangest decision Fox has made in recent years.

  • isleofskye

    I did not like last night’s episdoe but I am delighted that SPN got great ratings. Jared and Jensen deserve it. :)

  • Golden Star (former dantas)

    Hello, folks! How are you doing this fine morning? Have you missed me? I surely missed you guys!

    After two months living on the african shore, without internet, I’m back! And with a new name, so some won’t mistake me for our favorite Chicago City Fire Department stalker, Dante.

    And speaking of little crazy demons, Spurnatural hit a three-season high. Nice! Although I stopped watching it way back in season 3, I’m happpy for the show. It’ll be back next season, possibly as a lead-in to its confirmed spin-off.

    The Originals is doing good as well. Not a season-high, but strong enough to guarantee its return to The CW next season, possibly with a night of its own.

    Although Mindy Kaling and her crew of romantically frustrated doctors didn’t air a new episode last night, I fell kind of obligated to say that her show and Dads ARE getting cancelled by May. Although they’re funny, both shows don’t bring in the ratings. Plus, Dads had its episode order reduced and is ending in mid-February so The Choir Room may have a chance to live outside fridays next season.

  • gerry


    i still don’t understand the site’s need to label anything as de facto cancelled when they could just leave it with one smiley/’certain to be cancelled’ and call it a day.

    good for originals, wonder if it will adjust up at all. and sn doing well as always.

    that’s a pretty decent repeat for bk99, right? who knows, maybe dads will surprise us all.

  • Eclipse

    The Brooklyn Nine-Nine repeat did really well!

  • John A

    Dads isnt doing that bad really. I mean it didnt deserve its episode order cut for Glee to take its place. Glee will struggle to get a 1.0 lol.

  • lili

    Brooklyn nine nine did great for a repeat?

  • Dan

    How on earth does a 1.5 for Dada against repeats on CBS and ABC suddenly have people thinking it’s not cancelled? It done like dinner. A repeat of B99 almost performed as well as Dads.

  • jswansom

    As far as I know, the four major networks are required to broadcast the SOTU. CW will eventually get the mandate is my guess.

  • John A

    Remember when CW had 90210 and Ringer pulling 0.3 and 0.4 2 years ago? TO and Spn make a good team. Although a shame TO dropped against low competition.

  • alexjones

    not surprised supernatural was up, no everyone is interested in the state of the union address and supernatural was the only other thing on network tv at that time.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Any chance Dads gets a reprieve? Nice repeat numbers for B99!

  • Dan

    No chance for Dads, acceptance is the first step.

  • Bella Bellini

    The CW will never cancel Supernatural at this rate. I still love the show, so I’m happy to watch Sam & Dean fighting monsters in their 50s ;p

  • Oliver

    I’ve never even seen Dads (the reviews and promos put me off), but 1.5 as a self-starter is perfectly respectable. It’s not getting a fall slot, but it could be a nice cheap spackle option for Fox.

  • LOL

    LOL State of the Union on ABC 1.1.

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