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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Big Brother' Ties Season High, Leads CBS Win; 'America's Got Talent,' 'Minute To Win It' Fall

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September 1st, 2011

Scoreboard CBS NBC Uni ABC FOX CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/6 1.7/5 1.6/5 1.5/4 1.0/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.2/4 1.8/6 1.1/4 0.7/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.416 6.927 3.661 4.362 3.239 1.044

CBS's Big Brother rose 10% from last week and tied its season high 3.2 adults 18-49 rating, dominated the 8pm hour and lead CBS to the adults 18-49 ratings win on the night.

NBC's America's Got Talent slid 14% vs. last Wednesday tying its summer low 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Note that AGT has had a recent pattern of adjustments upwards in the final ratings, which would reduce the apparent week to week decline. Earlier in the night Minute To Win It was down a tenth of a point (7%) to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating. NBC topped the average viewership in primetime on Wednesday.

Fox's Buried Treasure, didn't bury itself any further, equalling its premiere 1.0 adults 18-49 rating last week.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 31, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Big Brother 13 3.1 11 8.216
NBC Minute To Win It 1.3 4 5.049
ABC THE MIDDLE - R 1.1 4 4.310
FOX BURIED TREASURE 0.9 3 3.071
CW AMERICA'S NEXT MODEL - R 0.4 1 1.186
8:30PM CBS Big Brother 13 3.2 10 8.203
NBC Minute To Win It 1.5 5 5.790
ABC THE MIDDLE - R 1.3 4 4.095
FOX BURIED TREASURE 1.0 3 3.451
CW AMERICA'S NEXT MODEL - R 0.4 1 1.165
9:00PM NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 2.4 7 9.850
ABC Modern Family - R 1.8 5 4.698
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.5 4 5.260
FOX BURIED TREASURE - R 1.0 3 3.216
CW AMERICA'S NEXT MODEL - R 0.3 1 0.845
9:30PM NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 2.5 7 10.666
ABC Modern Family - R 1.8 5 4.400
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.5 4 5.264
FOX BURIED TREASURE - R 1.0 3 3.218
CW AMERICA'S NEXT MODEL - R 0.4 1 0.981
10:00PM ABC PRIMETIME Nightline:  MY 1.5 4 4.348
NBC LAW & ORDER: SVU - R 1.4 4 5.114
CBS CSI: CRIME SCENE I - R 1.2 3 5.588
10:30PM NBC LAW & ORDER: SVU - R 1.5 4 5.093
ABC PRIMETIME Nightline:  MY 1.4 4 4.321
CBS CSI: CRIME SCENE I - R 1.2 4 5.967

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via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

Note: Currently available metered-market averages exclude Richmond, Hartford and Providence.

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; 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; "Late Show," 0.6/3; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2 with an encore.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 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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