TV Ratings Sunday: Olympics Beats Beijing Again, 'Big Brother' Up; 'Secret Millionaire' and 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' Hit Series Lows

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August 6th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 9.1/26 1.2/3 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 7.4/23 1.3/4 0.6/2 1.0/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 29.22 2.71 4.63 2.65 3.18


NBC was number one in adults 18-49  and among total viewers.

On NBC the ninth night of the XXX Olympic Games, featuring coverage of  gymnastics event apparatus finals  and the sprint events, scored a 10.5 adults 18-49 rating from 8-11PM, up 14% from  a 9.2  for the ninth night of the Beijing Olympics on August 17, 2008, which aired from 7:30-11:30PM. The final ratings, which will be released this afternoon, will include the data for the 11PM-midnight hour of coverage. At 7PM the special, Michael Phelps America's Golden Champion earned a 5.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Big Brother garnered a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, up 11% from last week's 1.9

On ABC, Secret Millionaire earned a series low 0.8 among adults 18-49, down 47% from a 1.5 for the show's last new episode on July 15.  At 9PM Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition earned a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 50% from a 1.4 for its last new episode on July 15, 2012.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, August 5, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 NBC Michael Phelps: America's Golden Champion 5.9/20 20.47
CBS 60 Minutes - R 1.0/3 6.53
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 0.9/3 3.88
FOX American Dad - R 0.6/2 1.56
7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show - R 0.8/2 1.73
8:00 NBC XXX Olympics (8-11PM) 10.5/27 32.14
CBS Big Brother 2.1/6
FOX The Simpsons - R 1.3/4 2.93
ABC Secret Millionaire 0.8/2 3.82
8:30 FOX The Simpsons - R 1.5/4 3.31
9:00 FOX Family Guy - R 1.5/4 3.34
ABC Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (9-11PM) 0.7/2 2.50
CBS Hawaii Five-0 - R 0.5/1 2.88
9:30 FOX Family Guy - R 1.6/4 3.39
10:00 CBS The Mentalist - R 0.6/2 3.28

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  • Tyson


    Golf and rugby sevens will be in the 2016 Olympics. Softball, squash and roller sports were among the sports that missed the cut following a 2010 IOC vote.

  • Ion

    Duncey: ”What makes that situation sickening is that the Romanian girl knows she stole one and she knows she’s not the best vaulter in the world.”

    You are of course entitled to your stupid opinion. that Romanian girl has an Olympic gold medal proving she’s the best in the world – at this time. when it came to proving if she has what it takes to be the best, McKayla literally fell on her ass. if the Romanian is not the best in the world, whoever is wasn’t in the same room with her, but training somewhere else waiting to be discovered.

  • Ultima

    that Romanian girl has an Olympic gold medal proving she’s the best in the world

    Eh, “best in the world” is a completely arbitrary term in this context. McKayla did have the best vault, by far, in the games at 16.233 during the team competition. When the next world championships comes around, McKayla will again be a heavy favorite to win and, if she sticks her landings, will clear the field by a ridiculous half-point margin again.

    when it came to proving if she has what it takes to be the best

    She’s proved she’s the best vaulter in the world by crushing everyone in national and world championships. She had one bad vault, during the Olympics, which sucks for her; however, that doesn’t nullify an entire career of performances.

    I’m not trying to take anything away from the Romanian girl. She stuck both of her vaults on a day where everyone else was performing poorly. She deserves the gold medal. However, it’s absurd to think that she’d be favored over McKayla going into the next competition, because she’s simply not the better vaulter.

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