TV Ratings Thursday: 'Big Brother' Premiere Down, 'The Choice', 'Wipeout' Fall, 'Saving Hope' Up

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July 13th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.1/7 1.4/5 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.8/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.5/6 0.9/3 1.0/4 0.5/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.07 3.81 5.05 3.00 3.43 0.79

CBS was the number one network among adults 18-49 and total viewers.

On CBS, the season premiere of Big Brother earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 7% from a 2.8 for last year's premiere on Thursday, July 11, 2011.

On ABC, Duets scored a 1.0 among adults 18-49, matching last week's performance . Wipeout garnered a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 6% from last week's 1.8. Rookie Blue earned a 1.3 among adults 18-49, even with last week.

On FOX, Take Me Out  scored a 1.2 among adults 18-49, matching last week's performance. The Choice earned a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, down 25% from last week's 1.6.

On NBC,  Saving Hope garnered a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 25% from last week's series-low 0.4.   Rock Center with Brian Williams earned a 1.2 among adults 18-49, up 33% from last week's 0.9 for its highest rated episode since January 23, 2012.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, July 12, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.3/8 8.00
FOX Take Me Out 1.2/4 3.00
ABC Duets 1.0/3 4.75
NBC The Office 0.6/2 2.07
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.4/1 0.86
8:30 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.8/9 9.00
NBC Parks and Recreation - R 0.6/2 1.69
9:00 CBS Big Brother (Premiere) 2.6/8 7.09
ABC Wipeout 1.7/5 5.60
FOX The Choice 1.2/4 3.01
NBC Saving Hope 0.5/2 3.18
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.72
10:00 ABC Rookie Blue 1.3/4 4.78
CBS Person of Interest - R 1.2/4 5.62
NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.2/4 5.24


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; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.1/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.0/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.3/4.
  • 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," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • 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" (1.0/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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  • modern family better than big bang

    @s0303 read the name sucker. It doesn’t matter what big bang numbers are it still sucks

  • John A

    Ive been saying CW shouldve been airing TVD at 8pm all summer.

  • John A

    Of course it dont matter what BBT gets when it easily beats Modern family in repeats and originals.

  • modern family better than big bang

    That sheldon got a punching bag type face and personality. People like him get bullied and deservedly so

  • JOE

    Big Brother Rules..team JoJo

  • JoeyDavid.com

    I can’t believe BB is not in High Definition. I felt like I was watching a rerun from 10 years ago, it’s painful to watch it in standard definition. It’s pathetic. It’s not enjoyable to watch. And thank god Rachel has not returned. I thought they’re going to reveal her last as a surprise but thankfully didn’t.

  • David Howell

    Wow, the two Fox dating shows now tied. Who saw that coming?

    And TBBT’s rerun numbers are astonishing. Actually higher than any first-run scripted shows on NBC now.

  • robin

    I have do idea why the CW hasn’t been repeating TVD at 8pm all this summer

  • John A

    Lol every year i read Big Brother fans complain about it not being in HD. You would think CBS would listen to fans.

  • rob60990

    Why isn’t Big Brother in HD? Even The Glass House is in HD. It did well though.

    Wipeout wasn’t affected that much from Big Brother but The Choice tanked.

  • Noelle

    HD is not that big of a deal, you guys. Most people don’t notice if a show is actually shown in HD or not.

  • CurlingIronLung99

    After watching a few seasons of BB I’ve come to despise it. It’s just such a snooze compared to the way other countries do it. There’s zero excitement surrounding the entrances or exits of the houseguests and Chen should be replaced. The fact that the contestants are always carbon copies of the previous season is a drag as well.

    It’s basically just Survivor in a house.

    HD is OK, but like Noelle said above, it’s not that big a deal. It’s one of those things that people think they must have yet it makes very little difference in life. It’s about the same as comparing an mp3 file to a FLAC file. Everyone moans on about there being such a massive difference in quality, when actually it’s minuscule.

  • Gleebo

    If you can’t notice the difference between SD and HD I think its time to get an eye exam. The only time I thought this was true was before I had an HDTV and blu ray player. Now watching anything less than that is annoying.

    Its 2012. Most shows have been in HDTV for 4 or 5 years now. At the very least just stretch it out to fill the screen like they do on Hell’s Kitchen. You still notice its not in true HD(if it is they need a refund on their cameras) but it is not nearly as distracting as the black bars on both sides of the screen.

  • colt13

    To me, both Take Me Out and The Choice earned a renewal for next summer.

    I don’t watch Big Brother, but I have to give CBS credit. They don’t retool their reality, just let Julie Chen, Jeff Probst and Phil Keoghan do their thing over and over.

  • ABCFanatic2012

    Yeah way to go ABC!

  • Jeff R

    I really hope Fox gives Take Me Out another run next summer. It’s turned into a pretty fun show to watch.

  • Networkman

    George Lopez is perfect for Take Me Out. The show is really entertaining because there are many laugh out loud moments. The 9pm timeslot was really competitive. I kept switching the channels to watch both The Choice and Big Brother. And after seeing the ratings one can see that Big Brother had an effect on the performance of The Choice.

    I really like the twist this year with the mentors and how that has determined the team of players. I do understand how some viewers could be frustrated about the lack of diversity. It does appear that the producers look for the same type of personalities. But I must say that I really liked Ian.

  • Gabi and Andrew

    There’s a bunch of reasons why I refuse to watch BB on CBS and just watch it on Showtime After Dark or the online feeds but the main reason is b/c this show is more than 10 years behind in technology.

    NO HD! WTF?

  • Delimart

    @alan.. that’s the reason why i stopped watching BB years ago.. No diversirty whatsoever. They go for the same old type of people every season.. the overly gay guy, the over dramatic air headed girl… one black.. same ole same ole…

  • A P garcia

    Saving Hope is what the current administration hopes the US medical system will follow(Canada). Limbs amputated that could be saved in a US hospital.

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