TV Ratings Thursday: 'Duets' Finale Hits Series Low, 'Big Brother' Slides & 'Wipeout' Hits Season Low

Categories: '

Written By

July 20th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.1/4 0.6/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.2/4 1.7/6 1.0/3 1.1/4 0.4/1 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.530 3.787 4.838 2.729 2.732 0.637

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

On CBS, Big Brother earned a 2.2 rating, down four tenths from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,the Duets finale scored a series-low 0.9 rating, down  from last week's 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. Wipeout garnered a non-special Thursday season low1.6 rating, down two tenths from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Rookie Blue earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, up from last week's 1.2 rating.

On FOX, Take Me Out  was even with last week's 1.2 among adults 18-49.

On NBC,  Saving Hope was flat with 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Rock Center with Brian Williams earned a 0.7 rating, down half a ratings point from last week's 1.2 among adults 18-49, and tied as a summer season low

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, July 19, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.4 9 8.889
FOX Take Me Out 1.2 4 3.128
ABC Duets - Live 0.9 3 4.483
NBC The Office -R 0.6 2 2.009
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.740
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.1 7 7.411
NBC Parks and Recreation -R 0.6 2 1.624
9:00PM CBS Big Brother 2.2 7 6.260
ABC Wipeout 1.6 5 5.040
FOX New Girl -R 1.0 3 2.405
NBC Saving Hope 0.5 2 2.993
CW The LA Complex -R 0.2 1 0.533
9:30PM FOX New Girl -R 1.0 3 2.254
10:00 PM ABC Rookie Blue 1.4 4 4.992
CBS Person of Interest -R 1.0 3 5.179
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 0.7 2 3.387


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," 1.9/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 3.1/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/5. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/2; "Nightline," 1.0/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.

  • 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" (0.9/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).

  • 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.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.
You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


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.

For more information see Numbers 101.

  • scifi

    So… when will NBC DELETE Saving Hope?

  • Gange

    Why would they get rid of Saving Hope, it did better than Parks & Rec and The Office repeats. It’s NBC, 3 million viewers is pretty damn good.

  • Survivor Fan

    The 8:00 TBBT was even higher than that of last week. Could it have hit a 3.0 at 8:30 had it aired? Would that have held BB steady or close to it at a 2.5 or 2.6? It is fun to play these what-ifs.

  • Julia

    Clearly all the lows are because of all the people lining up for midnight showings of The Dark Knight Rises.

    Just getting that out of the way.

  • Billy

    Thursday at 8:30 after The Big Bang Theory is the most plum time slot in all of TV. Just look at how much higer Two and a Half Men and a few weeks earlier Two Broke Girls did in that time slot comparable to their terrible Monday ratings.

  • cc

    TAAHM did nicely behind TBBT. Guess that just may be their new spot? Monday’s not looking all that strong for cbs though. But who knows?

  • Lane

    Blame Batman.

  • Sonya

    Good 0,5/2 ? Saving Hope was Bad and Slow……CANCEl please!!!

  • Survivor Fan

    TAAHM is scheduled to air on Thursdays at 8:30 this fall.

  • Tyler W. . . . .

    Go saving hope!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeff R

    Take Me Out is steady. I hope Fox orders it again for next summer.

  • Observer

    @Tyler W
    Go where?

  • Dankota

    Where is Sullivan & Son?

  • tv log

    CBS Univision has copy of Big Brother! Did You sue them! No! You didn’t sue Telemundo when it had Protagonistas! Drop lawsuit against ABC! You have license of show which has coyright protection like Deerpark owning H2O! Perrier! Back off! Deerpark own water formula! H2O

  • Mary

    Saving Hope despite not having competition goes Bad . Yes delete S.H.

  • Jon23812

    Deuts would do better if it was a Fall/Winter show instead of a summer show.

  • AniMatsuri

    What you talking about? Duets would be crushed by The Voice & X-Factor if made a Fall/Winter show.

  • Jon23812

    @AniMatsuri, it doesn’t have to air at the same day or time you know.

  • Jon23812

    @Dankota, That’s a cable show. This is a list for broadcast shows. The Top 100 Cable Telecasts will be uploaded soon today.

  • Nick

    Wipeout still beats everything on ABC except The Bachelorette. Nobody needs to be worried unless it drops under 1.5.

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures