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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  • Gabi and Andrew

    @ Delimart, it would be cool if they changed it up using criminals or celebrities and also made them live in a housing project or warehouse.

  • Scott511

    I love BB, the new twists each year keep the show fresh. I do wish they would cast better, why every year do they have to have the token gay guy? Just give us interesting housemates regardless of sexual preference.

    @gleebo As for the HD vs SD, there is a big difference in picture quality. HD is much sharper and the colors are more vibrant. If you don’t see that maybe your cable company is not sending true HD signal or your TV is wearing out.

  • Get Milk

    Such a shame Saving Hope did so poorly. It continues to perform well in Canada though that’s no guarantee for another season.

    I wonder if it’s because it’s set in Canada that’s why?

  • Joe K

    Regarding BB in HD: I think there was an interview a few seasons ago with Allison Grodner (the executive producer) where she was asked about HD and said that the cost of replacing all the cameras in the entire BB house to HD would simply be too costly (the intro at the beginning of the show says there’s “53 cameras that follow your every move”). That was a few years ago though, so who knows.

    If anything, I would have thought that this would be the season we’d finally get HD, since BB actually has some competition with “Glass House” now, but I guess not.

  • Melanie

    Good for Big Brother and I enjoyed the premiere last night. Should be a fun season.

  • Joseph

    Did “Rock Center” do a report on Penn State, since the “independent” report on the sex scandal came out earlier in the day??

  • Joseph

    Univision was the top-rated broadcast network in the 18-34 demo last night (July 12th). I suspect that except for the Olympics (and NFL preseason games beginning in mid-August), that more often than not for the rest of the Summer, Univision will top the 18-34 demos most nights.

  • Sonya

    Saving Hope was Ugly and slow with not good actors!

  • Oliver

    I bet you Glass House rises for its next episode now BB has premiered.

  • JoeyDavid.com

    LOLOL..NO IF YOU CAN’T notice the difference between standard and high definition TV then you need a better HD TV, there’s a HUGE difference or else I wouldn’t be complaining about it being in SD. And true, Julie Chen should be replaced she’s got no character and is quite conservative for this type of show. She’s only on TV because she gave head to the head of CBS..oppps, did I say that? lol She should stick to news reporting. She shouldn’t even be on the Talk.

  • polite guest

    @ A P garcia

    Health care in Canada is as good as it is in the US, and, as several reputable studies have shown, often better. And it comes at a fraction of the cost.

  • Justin121

    LOL @ CBS & NBC ratings :D

  • Danny

    On BB and HD: I wonder if it actually has more to do with the setting being harder to shoot in 16:9. If you notice, on GLASS HOUSE, it’s often difficult to watch because so much crap is in each shot. These houses may just not be designed for widescreen. With a 4:3 box, the close-ups can be tighter and the action seems more focused.

  • Networkman

    Duets is not doing good. But it does have potential. I like the concept of an amateur singing with an established recording artist. I just feel the show needs retooled. And I would change some of the judges. Usher should replace John Legend. This move alone would draw more viewers. Also, Justin Timberlake should replace Robin Thicke. Lastly, I would really like to see Pink as a judge. She should replace Jennifer since she is starting a family. Those panel of judges(Kelly, Pink, Usher and Justin) would bring in viewers. A young ABC star with humor such as Damon Wayans, Jr. should be the host.

  • Mike

    BB is not in HD because of the turnaround time to get 3 episodes up in a week. Glass House doesn’t have this problem since it is on only once (which is a dumb move, the delay is ridiculous and the fact they show scenes for next week really proves it).

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