TV Ratings Sunday: U.S. Olympic Trials: Track and Field Finals Down, 'Dateline' Flat

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June 25th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.2/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.8/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.7/3 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.61 3.14 3.42 2.07 5.71


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (U.S. Olympic Trials) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC won the night in adults 18-49, while CBS was on top in total viewers.

On NBC, the only broadcast network airing new programming Su1.2/4day night,  U.S.Olympic Trials: Track and Field   Finals garnered a preliminary 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down -20% from the Track and Field trials for the 2008 games, which scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Dateline earned a 1.2 adults 18-49  matching the performance of its last Sunday episode on June 1o, which was a two hour episode.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, June 24, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 NBC U.S. Olympic Trials 1.2/4 4.48
CBS 60 Minutes - R 1.0/3 8.09
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 1.0/4 4.55
FOX American Dad - R 0.6/2 1.57
7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show - R 0.8/3 1.72
8:00 NBC Dateline 1.2/4 5.18
ABC Secret Millionaire -R 1.1/3 3.84
FOX Fox's 25th anniversary Special - R (8-10PM) 0.9/3 2.28
CBS Person of Interest - R 0.7/2 5.31
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.2/3 4.52
ABC Extreme Makeover; Weight Loss Edition - R (9-11PM) 0.9/2 1.96
CBS The Good Wife - R 0.6/2 4.41
10:00 NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.2/3 4.24
CBS The Mentalist - R 0.8/2 5.05

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • DamC

    So NBC was leader all night long. Good for them.

  • Nick

    No mention of the fact that EMWLE went down 0.6? That’s like down 40%!!

  • Nick

    @Nick, EMWLE was a repeat last night

  • cc

    Nice to see viewers still found POI.

  • SJ

    Any particular reason ABC is running repeats on Sunday even though basketball is over?

  • John A

    Sunday is a wasteland for CBS. Even the mentalist and Poi ratings stink.

  • rob60990

    “Any particular reason ABC is running repeats on Sunday even though basketball is over?”

    Probably because they didn’t know until late Thursday that there would be no Game 6 or 7.

  • disney rocks

    YAY! First Comment!

  • disney rocks

    oh- wow! i was way off from first comment! LOL!

  • Jamey

    This is going to be a strong ratings year for the Olympics if the turnouts for Track & Field are already strong this early.

    I believe Michael Phelps is swimming tonight so I’m curious to see how NBC does as a whole tonight.

  • DenverDean

    Week after week, more proof that a procedural should flip slots with TGW. CBS didn’t do it with CSI:M, they should consider it with TM.

  • RG-X

    This has got to be the most boring Summer of TV I can remember.

    I am sooo Looking forward to the Olympics!

    Oh!… and of coarse; double doses of Gordon Ramsey every Mon & Tues nite!

  • David Howell

    The Mentalist is going to be cancelled next season. I can call it already from these summer numbers.

  • K

    @David Howell

    All good tv shows must come to an end

  • Samantha

    It was a surprise that POI was on last night. That was a great episode.

  • DW

    oh the humanity. the mentalist did a 0.8 at the end of june , when people go on vacations enjoy a summer night. a 0.8 is fine for a rerun. now if it does a 0.8 in febuary after the super bowl then panic.

  • Silver

    The Mentalist is already renewed for two seasons anyway.

  • TimsDale4ever

    The above lineup is why (without even trying to) I watch cable channels mostly now. Network TV sucks!

  • Joseph

    I would not have been surprised with Univision finishing second in 18-49’s and first among 18-34’s on a weeknight during the Summer.

    But I always thought Sunday was Univision’s weakest night.

    Likely, they’ll win the 18-34’s every night this coming week, and perhaps end up atop the 18-49’s as well.

    And that will likely be repeated every week for the rest of the Summer, outside of the Olympic fortnight.

  • LLL

    @cc and @samantha
    I agree.

    @john A
    I agree about the numbers. If POI ever move to Sunday I know their time is winding down. I already feel bad for Mentalist fans.

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