TV Ratings Thursday: 'Wipeout' Returns Down, 'Saving Hope' Up, 'Rookie Blue', 'The Choice' and 'Take Me Out' Fall

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June 29th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.3/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 3.63 4.99 6.54 2.61 4.33 0.76

Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (Olympics 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.

Univision was the number one network among adults 18-49 while CBS, which aired repeats, was on top in total viewers.

On ABC,  Duets scored a series-low 1.0 down from a 1.2 for the Wednesday, June 21 episode, which was 90 minutes. The summer season premiere of Wipe Out earned a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating down 21% from a 2.4 for last summer's premiere on June 23, 2011. Rookie Blue garnered a season-low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating compared to a 1.3 for its last original episode on June 7.

On FOX, Take Me Out  earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 17% from last week's 1.2 . The Choice scored a 1.2 among adults 18-49,, down 20% from last week's 1.5.

On NBC,  night four of the U.S Olympic Trials swimming coverage scored a preliminary 1.7, adults 18-49 rating, rating, compared to a preliminary 1.9 for Wednesday night's coverage.  Saving Hope garnered a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, up 40%  from last week's 0.5 .  Rock Center with Brian Williams earned a 0.8 among adults 18-49, matching last week's performance.

On the CW,  Breaking Pointe scored a 0.3 among adults 18-49, even with last week.


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, June 28, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.0/7 7.66
NBC U.S. Olympic Trials (Live) 1.7/6 6.16
ABC Duets 1.0/3 4.23
FOX Take Me Out 1.0/3 2.32
CW Breaking Pointe 0.3/1 0.87
8:30 CBS 2 Broke Girls - R 1.6/5 6.10
9:00 ABC Wipeout 1.9/6 5.89
FOX The Choice 1.2/4 2.90
CBS Person of Interest - R 1.1/3 6.53
NBC Saving Hope 0.7/2 3.29
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.2/1 0.65
10:00 CBS The Mentalist - R 1.1/3 6.20
ABC Rookie Blue 1.1/3 4.85
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 0.8/2 3.52


Via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; 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,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.4/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 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" (0.6/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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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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  • Jeff (Canada)

    Wipeout should be on at 8pm and Rookie Blue at 9pm. This shift one hour later is hurting their ratings.

  • John A

    LOL Rookie Blue doing awful why was it renewed?

  • Christian

    The networks won’t survive much longer with these awful #s.

  • Johnson

    Wipeout continues to be funny. They did a good job keeping things fresh.

  • Salley

    That POI episode last night was awesome.

  • rob60990

    “LOL Rookie Blue doing awful why was it renewed?”

    It pulled the same crappy numbers last summer. It’s a cheap import.

    I think I’m officially done with Wipeout.

  • Samunto

    Is NBC really serious about airing Newsmagazine ‘Rock Center’ in the fall in that time slot? I mean, it’s being crashed by repeats terribly in the summer. It’ll be worse in the fall.
    They could even air repeats of Deal or No Deal there and those would probably do better than this!!

  • Networkman

    I agree Wipeout should be moved to 8pm followed by Rookie Blue and then Final Witness. Duets should either stay on Wednesday night @10pm or be moved to Saturday. It is doing horribly and I don’t see it returning unless there is a whole new slate of celebrity judges.

    I really enjoyed The Choice last night. Carmen Electra and the Miss USA were really entertaining. I loved seeing the men having to sell themselves. Also Take Me Out is just pure fun. George is a great host. I don’t know why it is not doing better.

  • Ricky (formerly tvfreak)

    Surprise, Wipeout is immune to ABC’s summer reality slump! But we already knew that. :)

    Great episode last night. Still, I miss Jill. She has three things Vanessa doesn’t. One, she’s hot. Two, she’s hot!!! And three, she’s got enough snark to take on Anderson and Henson any day and twice on Sundays.

  • Sonia

    I do not like Saving Hope is a bad copy of Grey’s Anotomy !

  • The Mike Factor

    The Choice should adjust up considering it started early, and Take Me Out probably down since the last 2 mins. of the 8 o clock hour were The Choice. Love them both though!

  • Sally

    @Sonia: “Saving Hope” is nothing like “Grey’s Anatomy” and it isn’t trying to be, so I don’t understand the comparison. It’s like comparing “Rookie Blue” to “NYPD Blue” just because both shows are about cops. Not all medical dramas are copies or are attempting to copy “Grey’s Anatomy.” “Saving Hope” is its own unique animal. Personally, I love the show. Last night’s episode was fast-paced, funny, romantic, and compelling. It’s a show that keeps getting better each week. NBC just refuses to promote it properly.

  • lll

    It’s amazing how a million 18-49 viewers left after the olympic trials and didn’t watch saving hope.

  • USAmerica1st

    Wipeout continues to struggle. In the past, it was more fun and less brutal. And the wipeout zones didn’t need that much changing: they were hard to negotiate. Plus, Jill Wagner, who was replaced, was very effective. She’s missed.

  • lll

    In addtion it’s sad that 100,000 viewers came back to see Rock Center after saving hope was over.

  • Justin121

    TBBT beat every single show

    Original or repeat

    TBBT-r 2.0

    Wipeout 1.9

    2BG-r 1.6

    2BG did a lot better than fellow CBS rerun-shows, but Poi & Ment beat it in viewers.

  • K

    @USAmerica1st-I agree. Vanessa Lachey is nice and all, but she definitely is no Jill Wagner. Jill interacted with the contestants much easier than Vanessa, which appears to be “forced” interaction.

  • cc

    Yay for TBBT!

    Lmao that Rock Center had more viewers then the Fox lineup.

  • kco

    where is cable rating. i want to see am rating

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