TV Ratings: Bachelorette Finale Was Best Since 2004; 'Last Comic Standing' Sees Lows

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August 3rd, 2010

Scoreboard ABC Uni CBS FOX NBC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.7/11 1.8/5 1.8/5 1.5/4 1.4/4 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.2/10 1.9/6 1.2/4 1.4/4 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 11.521 4.300 6.419 4.607 4.553 .719

With The Bachlorette finale and After the Final Rose special, ABC dominated on Monday night.

Averaging 11.6 million and a 3.7 rating with adults 18-49 between 8p-10p, The Bachelorette had its strongest finale since February 2004.   Its 18-49 rating was up 6% versus last summer's finale.  At 10pm: The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose averaged a 3.8 rating with adults 18-49 and 11.4 million viewers.  That was up 36% with adults 18-49 versus last year's special, but last year the special ran the day after the finale rather than immediately after it.

Over on FOX  Lie to Me was up two tenths with adults 18-49 vs. last week to a 1.8 rating and the "summer" finale of
The Good Guys was up a tenth to a 1.1 rating.

On NBC, Last Comic Standing dropped a tenth with adults 18-49 to a 1.6 rating, its lowest-rated telecast ever, and with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, Dateline had its lowest-rated airing of the summer.

Late night ratings are below the primetime data.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, August 2, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 ABC The Bachelorette (Season Finale) 3.3/11 10.75
FOX Lie to Me 1.8/6 5.53
CBS How I Met Your Mother (R) 1.5/5 4.85
NBC America's Got Talent (R) 1.2/4 4.69
CW 90210 (R) 0.3/1 0.87
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (R) 1.7/5 5.38
9:00 ABC The Bachelorette (Season Finale) 4.1/11 12.44
CBS Two and a Half Men (R) 2.2/6 7.96
NBC Last Comic Standing 1.6/4 4.18
FOX The Good Guys 1.1/3 3.69
CW Gossip Girl (R) 0.2/1 0.57
9:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 2.5/7 8.25
10:00 ABC The Bachelorette : After the Final Rose 3.8/11 11.37
CBS CSI: Miami (R) 1.4/4 6.04
NBC Dateline NBC 1.3/4 4.79


In Late-Night Metered Markets Monday night:

  • "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (3.1/8 in metered-market households) out-delivered CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" (2.5/6) and ABC's combination of "Nightline (2.9/7) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (1.5/5) in Nielsen's 56 metered markets.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/4; "Late Show," 0.7/3; "Nightline," 1.1/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/3).
  • At 1:35 a.m., Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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