TV Ratings Sunday: (Updated) Super Bowl Sets New Viewing Record, 'New Girl' Strong & 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Decent

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February 3rd, 2014

sUPER bOWL 2014

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 29.0/60 0.7/1 0.6/1 0.5/1 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 28.4/63 0.6/1 0.5/1 0.3/1 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 94.6 2.718 1.751 3.935 2.359

NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for FOX (Super Bowl, New Girl & Brooklyn Nine-Nine)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.   

FOX was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers. 

On FOX, The Super Bowl earned a preliminary 34.4 from 7-10PM down 13 percent from  last year's 39.7 adults 18-49 rating. Of course, last year the game was not a blow out and a chunk of the broadcast wasn't counted due to a blackout in the stadium. Your predictions for the game's total viewers were too optimistic.

Update 2: Turns out the Super Bowl also set records with 111.5 Million Average Viewers. More details here.

Update:  The time-zone adjusted ratings are in. New Girl earned a series high 11.1 adults 18-49 rating from 10:23-10:54PM and was up 42 percent in adults 18-49 and 23 percent in viewers over last year's post-Super Bowl episode of Elementary. It was also up 13 percent in total viewers over the most recent post-Super Bowl half hour comedy, 2009's broadcast of The Office. New Girl was the highest rated scripted entertainment telecast on broadcast TV in 3 years,  since FOX’s post-SuperBowl Glee (11.2 rating on 2/6/11) Brooklyn Nine-Nine scored a series high 6.7 adults 18-49 rating from 10:54-11:25PM.  Your predictions for New Girl were a little pessimistic, but you accurately called Brooklyn Nine-Nine.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, February 2, 2014

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX Super Bowl (6:33- 10PM) - Live 34.4/67 111.3
CBS 60 Minutes - R 0.4/1 3.52
NBC Dateline  - R (7-9PM) 0.4/1 2.34
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 0.4/1 2.24
8:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 0.6/1 2.77
CBS The Good Wife - R 0.3/1 2.47
9:00 NBC Little Fockers (9-11PM) 0.6/1 2.38
ABC Shark Tank - R 0.6/1 2.16
CBS The Mentalist - R 0.4/1 2.97
10:00 FOX Super Bowl Postgame  18.1/41 46.19
ABC Shark Tank - R 1.1/3 3.71
CBS NCIS - R 0.9/2 6.78
10:30 FOX New Girl (10:23-10:54PM) 11.1/ 25.8
11:00 FOX Brooklyn Nine - Nine (10:54-11:25PM) 6.7/  14.8

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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 baseball 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.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman


  • http://how-i-met-your-mother.wikia.com/ Babar Suhail

    Okay, now I get why comments were disabled.
    You guys FINALLY moved to Disqus.

  • Titoveli

    Bill this comment thing take long to load why every website i go to now has it?

  • dommyinla

    seems like that’s all anyone was doing but that also means 220 million people were doing something else

  • Gio


  • Jessica Alexa Cook

    Seems to be working. I don’t like it, though.

  • Chase

    I don’t think people will be getting on here as much to comment and discuss their favorite shows now cause of the new commenting… It’s just dumb!

  • Jeff (Canada)

    They should have aired B99 before New Girl, it was the more “accessible” of the two post-game shows.

  • j s

    Disqus is fine but why no forewarning of the change?

  • Lucas Melo

    Good for New Girl! Hope some viewers tune in for the next episode!

  • Nancy

    Great for New Girl OK for B-99. Now the real test is whether or not this is going to translate into higher ratings for tomorrow and future episodes.

  • Julianna Bastos

    Mindy needed that

  • Jane Ludo

    Are we sure this post-Superbowl (oops) ratings mean something? I can’t help but think that people just forget the TV on in the same channel they were watching and a bit later they just turn it off?

  • Nikko Viquiera

    Finally we can downvote trolls! so much better! Also, it’s going to be easier to trace replies to comments. lovet! Here’s to a more fruitful disqussion!

  • AdWhois

    Ha. So happy the super-bowl was a “flop” by comparison to the other recent games. On another note. Good thing you finally switched to Disqus :)

  • Jeff (Canada)

    That’s been the whole appeal of the Super Bowl (and football in general) for years now.

  • AdWhois

    So you don’t have to register for every site you go on. Disqus makes the web so much better.

  • ryan

    I think threaded replies is enough of a reason. Plus, sorting and voting.

  • AdWhois

    Disqus is awesome. Love not having to register at many different sites. I had to employ it a couple years ago at my site because of the spam comments on the old system. Never looked back!

  • ryan

    How would you have used the time to “prepare”?

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