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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  • Ultima

    @Austin Lauran
    CBS will always be the #1 network on TV and Fox, ABC, and NBC will never be #1

    Fifteen years ago, people said the same thing about NBC…

  • Ultima

    @Austin Lauran
    By the way, when was the last time that CBS had a sitcom without a laugh track in it?

    Worst Week, four years ago?

    Also, will CBS be #4 someday while ABC is #1?

    Probably. The last time that happened was 1999-2000, when ABC was fueled by Millionaire and CBS was having its worst decade ever (it was right before they launched Survivor and CSI).

    Also, while CBS has been the most watched network for a while, it hasn’t been the highest rated network in twenty years. It will be this upcoming season, but FOX will most likely be right back on top again the next season.

  • K

    @Austin Lauran:

    What CBS prime time show is of the same (or better) quality of Fox’s Masterchef or Kitchen Nightmares?

  • Survivor Fan

    Where are the final ratings?

  • Austin Lauran


    I thought that the scripted shows on CBS are 2x better than MasterChef and Kitchen Nightmares (it’s a fact, not an opinion)

  • Networkman

    @A.C., I totally agree with you. Brittnay talks down to certain people, specifically Willie and JoJo. So she is not an effective coach to say the least. She does not know how to talk to people that are of different personality, background then her.even I’ll just leave it like that. Anyways, in my opinion, even Janelle is not that likeable this year. I hate how they are trying to act as if they care about the viewer’s opinion on if the coaches should join the game. If the producers have to ask, then it was decided at the start that this is why they were brought back. Why wouldn’t the house eliminate Dan this week if the coaches didn’t feel they were going to be brought back. Why the extra key holes near their pictures? All of this is lame.

  • Networkman

    ABC, see how well Wipeout does when you don’t run it twice a week. It held up nicely against the duo of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. Also I hope FOX brings back Take Me Out, that show is really entertaining. Lastly, CBS should just simply cancel 3 now. It was an embrassment for the network.

  • American

    All I watched that night was Parks & Recreation.

  • Roger

    I don’t see how NBC can air Saving Hope next year with those numbers, and wish they don’t, The Listener became a very good show on CTV without NBC (season 4 confirmed this week too).

    For L.A. Complex, I think the american don’t want to know what really append in L.A. and prefer learn the “reality” in Jersey Shore or Real Housewives, etc.

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