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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Big Brother' Rises to Season Highs; 'America's Got Talent' Steady-ish

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August 18th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS NBC ABC Uni FOX CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/6 1.7/5 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.7/2 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.3/4 1.0/3 1.4/5 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.960 6.183 4.313 3.294 1.877 1.117

 

With Fox's So You Think You Can Dance's season finished, Fox ran repeats and CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers. With a  3.1 adults 18-49 rating, Big Brother was up 11% and saw season highs (on any night) and hit season highs in adults 18-34 as well. It was Big Brother's best performance in adults 18-49 since September 18, 2007 (the Tuesday finale for that cycle).

America's Got Talent was down a tenth from last week to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, though that's the same preliminary result it had last week before being adjusted up a tenth in the finals. If it isn't adjusted up, it will mark a new summer low. The season finale of Love in the Wild was steady with a 1.4 (though that ties a summer low) adults 18-49 rating and earlier in the night Minute To Win It was steady vs. last week with a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 17, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 3.1/10 7.96
NBC Minute To Win It 1.2/4 4.65
ABC The Middle (R)    corrected, earlier listed as 1.1 >> 1.3/4 4.30
FOX Mobbed (R) 0.7/2 1.91
CW America's Next Top Model (R) 0.4/1 1.19
8:30 ABC Modern Family (R) 1.4/5 4.68
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent 2.4/7 9.42
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.7/5 4.82
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 1.5/4 5.86
FOX House (R) 0.7/2 1.84
CW America's Next Top Model (R) 0.4/1 1.05
9:30 ABC Happy Endings (R) 1.1/3 2.93
10:00 CBS CSI (R) 1.6/4 7.06
NBC Love in the Wild (Finale) 1.4/4 4.49
ABC Primetime Nightline 1.3/4 4.37

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via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.1/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • 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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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated. Starting with data for Mon 3/28/11, all program ratings will now include multiple viewings of a telecast on a DVR. Previously only the first viewing was counted. HUT/PUT will now consist of Live TV viewing and DVR playback at time of play. Previously, HUT/PUT consisted of live viewing and DVR playback credited to time of live telecast.

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