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.


NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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  • Mary

    Saving Hope was BAD! 0,6 is not good, CANCEL S.H.

  • marta

    Saving Hope was BAD! 0,6 is not good, CANCEL S.H.

  • Marie

    Saving Hope was BAD! 0,6 is not good, CANCEL S.H.

  • bray303

    up?hahahhaha 0.6 is bad,bad,bad for Saving Hope

  • SinkingHope

    @Mary @marta @Marie It’s clear that you’re the same person.lol

    Just because SH went up a fraction in the demos doesn’t mean it’s going to get renewed. CTV already renewed it, you can watch it there.;)

  • tobias

    awsome numbers for 3 :)

  • Joseph

    If CBS wants shows to take off then they really need to launch more projects at the same time and see what sticks.
    I could see them taking 3 and bringing in a group of Men and Women from the same part of the country and just move the show from city to city , BUT , I would not have the woman with kids that is unless they could let the kids move in with them.
    BTW ,, I like the house , its nice and airy !

  • Melanie

    I bet the coaches come back in the game on Big Brother. I personally would love to see Janelle finally win because she is my all time favorite player. However, I do like some of the new players and don’t want them to get distracted at the fact of the vets back in the game. That is what went really wrong last season. Some of them got too starstruck and I thought they were some horrible players who just rode the vets coattails. I also enjoyed Rookie Blue last night. I too am excited about the Olympics though!!

  • POI addict

    I was all ready for a Person of Interest rerun last night. SO disappointed at CBS.:(

  • Colin

    Why laugh at repeats? Ofcourse they’ll be bad. People have lives than sit and watch tv all day

  • vanna

    CBS should have kept Person of Interest on Thursday. What a stupid move. Person of Interest repeats wipes the floor with the ratings 3 bring in.

  • Joseph

    I just watched the new show ,, ” 3 ” ,, it was really nice !
    It was cool to see a supportive non cat fight dating environment.

  • GetMilk

    LA Complex repeated better than it’s original air of this week’s episode…

    Too bad we can’t just combine those numbers and give it a 0.4 and about 900 K viewers!

  • Matt

    A POI rerun would have easily performed much better than “3”.
    CBS, “Thursday 9PM” belongs to POI!

  • vanna

    Oh yeah, I know it a repeat. Why did they move Glee it is destined for a big failure when you move a show to another day? Who still actually watches Glee that show sinked long time ago.

  • Austin Lauran

    I have something to say which is about CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC:

    CBS will always be the #1 network on TV and Fox, ABC, and NBC will never be #1. People think that CBS has the best shows ever, so they watch the shows on CBS because they think CBS has high quality shows. It’s arguably true that CBS has the best shows ever and the network’s shows are better than Fox, ABC, and NBC’s shows. No wonder why it has most of the highest-rated shows on TV. CBS doesn’t have a lot of reality TV shows compared to the other big 4 networks and it doesn’t cancel a lot of those shows compared to the other big 4 networks that usually cancel shows before the TV season is over (Fox, ABC, and NBC).

    Would CBS be #1 if it didn’t have all the high quality cop shows, reality TV shows, and laugh track sitcoms that people watch? Does it mean that CBS has high quality shows if lots of people watch the channel all the time or does it just appeal to the masses?

    By the way, when was the last time that CBS had a sitcom without a laugh track in it? Also, will CBS be #4 someday while ABC is #1?

  • Joseph

    @Austin Lauran
    I think you also need to ask what Comedy shows are using a live audience.

  • DeanW

    I hope Dogs in the City will be Renewed and 3 cancelled. Dogs is really good and it’s very different if we compare with the other programs on CBS.

  • Michael

    LA Complex is a massive failure. Such a shame, the show is actually really good. Compelling groundbreaking characters, solid writing, and entertaining story lines. It’s everything 90210 + Gossip Girl wish they could be, minus the terrible ratings lol….

  • USAmerica

    Good for Wipeout! Going back to once a week does the trick!

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