TV Ratings Wednesday: Olympics Coverage Continues to Crush The Competition + 'Big Brother' Hits Season Low & 'Final Witness' Dips

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August 2nd, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 9.7/28 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.8/2 0.7/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 7.5/24 1.4/5 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 30.560 3.595 4.560 2.779 2.103 0.933


NBC was the #1 network with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC,  coverage of the XXX Olympic Games earned a 9.7 rating from 8-11 PM. The final ratings released this afternoon will include the 11PM-midnight hour.  This is up 3% from the same night of  the Beijing games. Overall, the 2012 London Olympics are up vs. the 2008 Beijing games by 7% in Adults 18-49 and 13% in Total Viewers.

On CBS, Big Brother earned a 1.9 18-49 rating, down a tenth after last week's 2.0 and a season low.

On ABC,  Final Witness scored a 0.8 rating, down two tenths from last week's 1.0 among adults 18-49.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 1, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC XXX Summer Olympics (8-11PM) 9.7 28 30.560
CBS Big Brother 1.9 6 5.271
ABC The Middle -R 0.8 3 3.180
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (8-10PM) -R 0.7 2 2.104
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 1.002
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 0.7 2 2.506
9:00 PM CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.1 3 4.45
ABC Modern Family -R 0.9 3 2.902
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.865
9:30PM ABC Modern Family -R 1.0 3 2.859
10:00PM CBS CSI -R 0.8 2 3.958
ABC Final Witness 0.8 2 2.615

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

    Good numbers for mostly swimming coverage but also a BIG drop in audience without the biggest draw, women’s gymnastics.

  • Mon

    Modern Family repeats were hit the most though those episode were 3rd time airings.

  • Artur Brasil

    Great rating for Supernatural,so happy. sorry but my englhis is poor.

  • KS

    Great ratings f

  • KS

    Great ratings for Supernatural in spite of the heavy competition. Hope it doesn’t get adjusted down.

  • Whitewalkers

    Olympics was down 10 million in viewers. Lucky supernatural as always

  • Dave

    “Good numbers for mostly swimming coverage but also a BIG drop in audience without the biggest draw, women’s gymnastics.”

    Look for mega-numbers tonight with women’s gymnastics and Phelps-Lochte matchup.

  • James

    Hopefully we see the girls Payson, Kaylie and Lauren there competing as well. Crossing fingers that Emily shows up to give the girls some much needed support.

    I know it’s made up but that’s how much I miss MIOBI. :(

  • Joseph

    Season low or not , 1.9 for Big Brother is great and could easily be adjusted up .1 to match the Sunday ratings.
    As for the Olympics that was a huge drop of about 25% from the previous night. I did not bother to watch the games either last night given that I knew NBC would not cover all of the top men in Gymnastics and ignored Marcel Nguyen and the other top International Athletes.
    Think back to previous games, when you had stars like Nadia and Olga in Gymnastics, and the US Network would highlight the best Athletes on the planet, and not just focus on those that were American.

  • lll

    @Artur Brasil
    Didn’t look like bad english to me.

  • cc

    The Middle has more viewers then MF. : )

  • John A

    SPN repeat doing fine against Olympics unlike flop LA Complex original.

  • John A

    Modern family repeats did bad.

  • danny

    Supernatural is the best series ever!!!!

  • Whitewalkers

    John A @ you must keep in mind olympics dropped 10 million so supernatural is lucky if the olympics was on the usual 40 million supernatural would not have looked so good. So i say lucky supernatural

  • John A

    SPN would still get these numbers it always does well. LA Complex is the only original on and at least should be able to get a 0.2-0.3.

  • Supernatural fan

    Go supernatural, i think thats the first time a CW repeat has hit 1 million, So psyched for season 8!

  • David

    The coverage is still up over the last Olympics so NBC has to be over the moon right now because most thought it would have a big fall.

  • Tessa

    Looks like Supernatural is going to hold its own on Wednesdays, even against heavy competition. If a repeat could score the same number as last week, going against a giant such as the Olympics coverage then we can all rest happily it’ll do well in the fall. Not that there was anything to worry about with Arrow as its lead-in and Mark Pedowitz’s recent comments about how the show would last as long as he is around (which I hope is a very long time.)

  • The End

    The CW would be better off picking up Continuum off Showcase, the show has performed fantastically in Canada, staying close to half a million viewers every week and has beaten Lost Girl in terms of performance.

    Still not renewed but easily one of the best propertys on Showcase in Canada.

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