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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  • TimsDale4ever

    I’m with you Christian and I want them to suffer SEVERELY after the botched job they’ve done to their daytime lineups. Sink b!tches, sink! Nothing but cable for me!!!!!!!!

  • Michael

    Saving H. is a boring , forgettable canadian import that lives down to the standars set by all those other boring, forgettable canadian imports . DELETE Saving Hope!

  • One @ Samunto

    Rock Center on Thursdays = admission of defeat. NBC tried dramas in that slot THREE times, and was serious on at least two of them. Nothing worked. Might as well give up and get crushed on the cheap.

  • Oliver

    Has Univision ever won a night before?

  • malie

    Congrats Saving Hope:)Your show ratings went up…This show is amazing,despite all the hating from the critics and retard ass people out there, keep up.

  • Oliver

    To answer my own question: Yes. They won December 23, 2011 at least.

  • Potato

    Since everyone’s throwing in their two cents, I think Saving Hope has very well written scenes and dialogue but the story itself is really bad. And I can’t stand the lead guy– I think the show would be stronger if he WASN’T in a coma. I know that’s the premise, but all he does is stand around and make sarcastic comments while really trying to sound like “House.” He doesn’t DO anything…

  • Noname_Rex

    wow. univision was on top. SMH.

  • colt13

    FOX will probably go up .2. Take Me Out is still good, but The Choice is getting better.

  • TomSFBay

    Rookie Blue must be DIRT CHEAP for ABC to renew with a 1.1.

  • Sally

    @Potato: That’s the whole point of Charlie’s predicament. He’s a scientist who is used to being able to fix things, but he’s found himself in a position where nothing he knows can help him. He’s stuck in a purgatory of sorts with no one to talk to save a few dead, dying, or comatose people who quickly come and go. He doesn’t know what to do and that’s what he’s trying to figure out.

  • Nick

    I KNEW IT. ABC, you made a bonehead decision by moving Wipeout to 9 pm. It premiered to 3s last year in it’s regular slot (last year’s 2.4 was a Tuesday special). Cancel Duets and move it back to 8 pm!!!

  • Nick

    FYI, today is the first day of July sweeps. Not the best way to start :D


  • Julie

    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but:

    “Univision was the number one network among adults 18-49…”

    I thought Univision was a Spanish-language network, and only ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX/CW are in these ratings. I’m confused, can anyone explain this to me?

  • TVGuy

    I love Wipeout, but I think Mrs. Lachey is a bit boring.

  • Joseph


    Although it’s programs not listed half-hour by half-hour, Univision did average more viewers between 18 and 49 and between 18 and 34 than any other broadcast network last night (June 28th), although it was only fifth in overall viewership among broadcast networks.

    However, FX’s “Anger Management” drew more viewers in the 18-49 demo than any other broadcast or cable show, and I would think FX might have topped all broadcast and cable nets in the 18-49 and/or 18-34 demo for the night.

  • Joseph

    Perhaps this article should have been titled “Univision leads In Key Demos; CBS Wins In Overall Viewers, ‘Wipeout’ Returns Down, ‘Saving Hope’ Up, ‘Rookie Blue’, ‘The Choice’ and ‘Take Me Out’ All Fall”.

  • a p garcia

    I bet FOX wishes they had a second night of SYTYCD instead of dating reality

  • TJ

    Saving Hope is the best show I have seen! Its wrong that NBC does not promote it better. Maybe if people KNEW Saving Hope was after the Olympics they would tune in. For a show thats not getting promoted, it’s doing okay. But imagine if it was.

  • Michael

    Keep up Saving Hope ? With 0,7/2 was bad!

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