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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'America's Got Talent' Rises, Paces NBC Win; 'Big Brother' Dips; 'Buried Treasure' No 'Pawn Stars'; New 'Happy Endings' 27% Better than Repeat

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August 25th, 2011

Scoreboard NBC CBS Uni ABC FOX CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 2.0/6 1.8/5 1.5/4 1.4/4 0.9/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.5/5 1.1/4 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.284 6.332 3.465 4.222 3.051 1.008

NBC won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers and America's Got Talent rose 12% to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the night Minute to Win It was up 15% to a 1.5 rating. At 10pm a repeat Law & Order: SVU won the hour with a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating (two-tenths better than Love in the Wild's finale last week that scored a 1.4).

CBS's Big Brother dipped 10% from last week to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, but easily won the 8pm hour.

A new episode of Happy Endings (apparently a "use it or lose it" situation) was up 27% or three-tenths from last week's repeat to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, but the 9pm repeat of Modern Family was up two-tenths versus last week to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox's Buried Treasure was no Pawn Stars, debuting to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating and 3.65 million viewers. But Fox couldn't have been expecting much because, speaking of 'buried'... 'premieres August 24!"

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 24, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 2.8/9 7.70
NBC Minute To Win It 1.5/5 5.68
ABC The Middle (R) 1.2/4 4.27
FOX Buried Treasure (Premiere) 1.0/3 3.65
CW America's Next Top Model (R) 0.4/1 1.13
8:30 ABC Modern Family (R) 1.5/5 4.59
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent 2.8/8 10.73
ABC Modern Family (R) 1.9/5 4.80
CBS Criminal Minds (R) 1.3/4 5.22
FOX House (R) 0.8/2 2.46
CW America's Next Top Model (R) 0.4/1 0.88
9:30 ABC Happy Endings 1.4/4 3.11
10:00 NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 1.6/4 5.44
CBS CSI (R) 1.3/4 6.08
ABC Primetime Nightline 1.3/4 4.28

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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," 2.4/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.7/7 with an original; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/8; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.6/3 with an original; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., an encore telecast of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households) trailed a first-run of 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 with an encore) topped an original "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • 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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