TV Ratings Thursday: 'Wipeout' Hits Summer High, 'Saving Hope' Up, 'Take Me Out' & 'Big Brother' Stagnant + '3' Preview

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July 27th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.9/6 1.7/5 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.1/4 1.4/5 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.408 5.232 3.551 2.265 2.905 0.769

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

On CBS, Big Brother was even last week's 2.2 rating. The special preview  of 3 earned a 0.8 18-49 rating, the network's lowest series premiere rating to date.

On ABC,a two-hour Wipeout earned a summer high 2.2 18-49 rating, up half a ratings point from last weeks1.7 rating Rookie Blue earned a 1.5 rating, up a tenth from last week's 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

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

On NBC,  Saving Hope earned a 0.6 rating, up a tenth from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Rock Center with Brian Williams was also up a tenth, earning a 0.8 after last week's 0.7 rating.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, July 26, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.2 8 7.849
ABC Wipeout (8-10PM) 2.2 7 6.740
FOX Take Me Out 1.2 4 2.855
NBC The Office -R 0.7 2 2.551
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.4 1 0.999
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.0 7 6.766
NBC Parks and Recreation -R 0.6 2 1.688
9:00PM CBS Big Brother 2.2 7 5.995
FOX Glee-R 0.6 2 1.676
NBC Saving Hope 0.6 2 2.863
CW The LA Complex -R 0.2 1 0.538
10:00 PM ABC Rookie Blue 1.5 5 5.745
CBS 3 0.8 2 2.393
NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams 0.8 2 3.732


Via NBC press note:

* 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," 1.7/4; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; 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," 1.0/4; 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 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • K

    3 comes off as who cares if these women find love. Dating in the Dark on ABC did this so much better and was more believable as well. As for Wipeout, it was a very good episode, made all the more better with more focus on the contestants and less on Vanessa.

  • K


    It has been 3 in the finale of BB since I believe 3 seasons ago.

  • Lucas

    LOL at The L.A. Complex repeat that did better than it’s original, kk!

  • John A

    BBT and Two and half men go well together. Be interesting to see how they do in the fall together.

  • Mon

    So, will CBS continue to run 3 on Sundays or just stick with The Good Wife reruns?

  • James D.

    Given that it will be opposite London 2012 the next three Sundays, it wouldn’t hurt for CBS to air one more episode of “3” to see if it does anything ratings-wise. If not, go back to reruns.

  • Ricky

    @K: No, I just checked those seasons, they all had a final two. The third-place eviction was on the last night of each season, just before the final vote to decide the winner.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Ricky

    I should have clarified and said “finale episode”

  • Charlie Sheen

    Thank god the Olympics finally start tonight so we’ll be seeing some real ratings numbers for the next two weeks not these cable looking numbers.

    3 really tanked as that had to be some type of an all-time low for CBS on a Thursday for an original program. I knew nobody was interested in that crap. CBS has really bombed with their unscripted offerings in recent years. They need to just stick with Big Brother and go with scripted like Unforgettable. Keeping Unforgettable was a really good move for them.

    Speaking of Big Brother, they just let go of the best entertainment in JoJo and Willie. That’s what kills the show most years is when they don’t have these Evel Dicks around going into the latter part of the competition. BB13 got boring real fast because of the predictability of the vets.

    Good rating for Rookie Blue as they had a really good episode last night that’s a two-parter. Rookie Blue has turned into the best cop show on television right now.

  • A.C.

    What an episode. Half of the show was spent on Dr. Will, Julie Chen and Frank praising Mike Boogie.
    Then as I predicted last night there is such a lack of game play from both the players and the coaches that no one takes the route of common senseand eliminates and entire team AND the coach. It’s either that or in the diary room Grodner’s gang is working overtime subly influencing the houseguests to keep Dan in the game. Why? It’s clear that they want to have all four coaches become players next week so in order to do that they no doubt had to manipulate things to keep Dan in. I’m going to vote NO even though I have no faith that it’s already been predetermined the players will be back in as we NEVER see voting results…TPTB want to either see Dan or Boogie become two time winners or they want to finally be able to crown Janelle as a winner. That’s entirely what this season is all about and where it is heading.

    Also I hate to call a woman a scumbag but that is exactly what Brittany is. I despise her for the way she hates and talks smack about her own players! The only one she cares about is Shane as she was cheering like a Powerball winner when he won Veto as if JoJo didn’t exist and then JoJo goes out saying nothing but nice things about Brittany and then seconds later we see Brittany’s goodbye message contains nothing but derision and talking smack about JoJo. Who ever suggested that Brittany be brought back as a coach should be fired from the BB staff. Hell, Cowboy would have made a better coach.

    Oh, and Dan…exactly what was that super secret last ditch plan that you boasted about last night? We never did see anything like that occur. It’s right up there with LaWan’s super powers. Also his other plan on shunning Danielle made no sense when he did it…and it still made no sense when he was apologizing for it. How exactly was turning his back on her suppose to help.

    Tonights episode is only redeemed by Shane’s win due to the fact at last we are going to see someone in the power alliances get sacrificed next week (Joe is the easiest target though it would make more sense to eliminate a key player like Frank} but despite JoJo’s please…none of these cats have it in them to make the BIG MOVES.

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Go Rookie Blue! Can’t wait to see what happens with Gail!! :S

  • Noelle

    The whole concept of 3 strangers “supporting” each other throughout weeks to find each other good dates is boring for TV. That’s where The Bachelor/ette excels. There’s drama, people get eliminated, there’s just more interaction between the people on screen. Did anyone expect for this show to become a hit?

  • Y&R

    The two best shows on television are Canadian shows are Rookie Blue and LA Complex. Not sure about Saving as I never saw Saving Hope.

    I can’t wait to see what happened to Gail either.

    @ Charlie Sheen

    Yes I second that thank god for the Olympics!

  • Nick

    Yikes. The CW actually got 0.4!!

    With that 0.6, Saving Hope probably got a renewal. It’s an extremely cheap Canadian series on NBC. It’s a shoo-in.

    3 tied with Rock Center :-D

  • why?CBS

    Stupid CBS! Why bump “Person of Interest” for a stupid reality show. POI would have gotten much better ratings!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nick

    Yay for Wipeout. This proves it deserves that Thu @ 8 slot. It’s the only show that excels there.

  • Hawaii Five-0 Rocks!

    CBS dump <3 a rerun of Hawaii Five-0 would get better ratings.
    A rerun of any of CBS's top shows would have gotten better ratngs.
    My guess is 3 and your out.

  • Usi

    POI needs to stay there the rest of the summer and 3 needs to go off the air.

    People still watch Wipeout? That played out a while ago. They need to bring back Battle of the Network Stars.

    Rookie Blue was awesome!


  • RyanCanada

    Rookie blue was amazing last night! best summer song period.

  • RyanCanada

    @Y&R saving hope is a pretty good show, you should check it out,

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