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TV Ratings Wednesday: 'America's Got Talent' Rises, 'Big Brother' Falls, 'Buried Treasure' Hits Series High, As CBS & NBC Tie For Adults 18-49 Lead

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September 8th, 2011


Scoreboard NBC CBS Uni ABC FOX CW
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 1.9/5 1.9/5 1.6/4 1.5/4 1.2/3 0.5/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.7/2 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.903 6.456 3.706 4.475 3.940 1.299

CBS's Big Brother slid 12% from last week's season high to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, and CBS and NBC tied for the adults 18-49 ratings crown on the night, while NBC was on top the average viewership for the night.

Bouncing back, NBC's America's Got Talent recovered up 8% vs. last Wednesday's summer low back to a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating. Note that AGT has had a recent pattern of adjustments upwards in the final ratings, which would increase the apparent week to week gain. Earlier in the night Minute To Win It was down a tenth of a point (7%) to a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

Fox's Buried Treasure was up 0.3 points vs. last week to a series high 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Could there be treasure there after all?

ABC's special Primetime Nightline: My Extra Ordinary Family drew a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, September 7, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Big Brother 13 2.9 9 7.876
ABC THE MIDDLE - R 1.2 4 4.279
FOX BURIED TREASURE 1.2 4 4.067
NBC Minute To Win It 1.1 4 5.162
CW AMERICA'S NEXT MODEL - R 0.5 2 1.326
8:30PM CBS Big Brother 13 2.7 8 7.526
ABC THE MIDDLE - R 1.5 4 4.767
NBC Minute To Win It 1.4 4 6.085
FOX BURIED TREASURE 1.3 4 4.318
CW AMERICA'S NEXT MODEL - R 0.6 2 1.351
9:00PM NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 2.8 8 11.714
ABC Modern Family - R 1.9 5 4.877
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.7 5 6.188
FOX BURIED TREASURE - R 1.1 3 3.551
CW AMERICA'S NEXT MODEL - R 0.4 1 1.187
9:30PM NBC AMERICA'S GOT TALENT 6 2.8 7 11.905
ABC Modern Family - R 1.8 5 4.435
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.7 4 6.384
FOX BURIED TREASURE - R 1.3 3 3.825
CW AMERICA'S NEXT MODEL - R 0.6 2 1.331
10:00PM NBC LAW & ORDER: SVU - R 1.7 5 6.559
ABC PRIMETIME Nightline:  MY 1.5 4 4.377
CBS CSI: CRIME SCENE - R 1.1 3 5.303
10:30PM NBC LAW & ORDER: SVU - R 1.5 4 5.991
ABC PRIMETIME Nightline:  MY 1.3 4 4.115
CBS CSI: CRIME SCENE - R 1.0 3 5.456

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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," 2.8/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.

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," 1.1/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

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" (1.2/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 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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