TV Ratings Thursday: 'Rookie Blue', 'Take Me Out' and 'The Choice' Up, 'Duets' Flat, and 'Saving Hope' Hits Series Low

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July 6th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.4/3 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.6/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.0/4 1.5/6 1.3/5 0.9/3 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.765 3.443 3.543 5.514 2.413 0.701

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

An all-repeat CBS was the number one network among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On ABC, Duets was flat with last week's series-low 1.0 rating . Wipeout earned a 1.7  adults 18-49 rating, down three tenths from last week's 2.0 premiere rating. Rookie Blue garnered a 1.3 rating, up two tenths from last week's season-low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Take Me Out  earned a series-high 1.3, up three tenths from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Choice scored a 1.6, up four tenths from last week's 1.2 among adults 18-49.

On NBC,  Saving Hope drew a series-low 0.4 rating, down three tenths from last week's 0.7 adults 18-49 rating .  Rock Center with Brian Williams earned a 0.9 rating, up a tenth from last week's 0.8 rating.

On the CW,  Breaking Pointe scored a 0.3 rating, up from last week's 0.2 among adults 18-49.


Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, July 5, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.1 8 8.127
FOX Take Me Out 1.3 4 3.127
ABC Duets - Live 1.0 3 4.817
NBC The Office -R 0.6 2 2.073
CW Breaking Pointe 0.3 1 0.919
8:30PM CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.4 8 8.861
NBC Parks and Recreation -R 0.6 2 1.546
9:00PM ABC Wipeout 1.7 5 5.509
FOX The Choice 1.6 5 3.759
CBS Person Of Interest -R 1.5 5 8.047
NBC Saving Hope 0.4 1 2.175
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.2 1 0.483
10:00 PM ABC Rookie Blue 1.3 4 5.154
CBS The Mentalist -R 1.2 4 6.753
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 0.9 3 3.255


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," 2.6/7 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4 with an encore. 
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.9/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 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.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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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  • mArS

    “FOX has tabled its plans to send its summer dating series “Take Me Out” to Saturday nights.”
    So they noticed the numbers.

  • Carol

    Delighted to see POI repeat so well. What a strong, intelligent show. Definitely appointment viewing in our house. Setting the snooze alarm to wake me after Big Brother is done. What an awful drag.I hope we get to see more POI repeats later in the summer.

  • sarah

    @ Carol, PoI is going to be on at 10pm Thursday’s (rerun) straighty after Big Brother.

  • Bay

    what time do the final ratings usually come in?

  • HT

    where are WEDNESDAY CABLE ratings?

  • The Real Original Ray

    Wasn’t the medical show set in Afghanistan last summer, with Elias Koteas, also a Canadian show? That one at least had some novelty in the setting and moments of dramatic tension. I watched the first two episodes of Losing Hope and couldn’t find a single thing I hadn’t seen elsewhere recently.

    While we’re on Thursday nights, since when does Michael Westen spend so much of his time yelling at the camera? I know Fiona’s in prison but you’re supposed to be suave and somewhat together.

  • Doug

    @SJ – co-financing with networks like NBC are the only reason some series like SH are made in the first place. The same happened with Combat Hospital on ABC in 2011 (?) – huge hit in Canada, but since ABC dumped it after a few episodes, the show was cancelled.

    The upshot is that the quality of Canadian dramas has increased dramatically over the past 10 years (the production, at least, the scripts are another matter) thanks to this co-financing, but the downside is that Canadian networks become very reliant on whether or not the US network goes forward. Had CBS still been airing Flashpoint, it probably would have gotten a 6th season in Canada, whereas it is now ending on its fifth.

  • Ultima

    @John A
    Ive been saying CBS Should just air BBT repeats each night

    And I’ve been saying that they only license a limited number of airings of each episode (three), which is why they can’t show it every night…

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