TV Ratings Wednesday: Olympics Again Score Ratings Gold, 'Big Brother' Down, 'Final Witness' Up, 'Go On' Preview Strong

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August 9th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 9.2/27 1.4/4 1.2/3 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 7.2/25 1.4/5 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 28.745 3.736 4.383 2.793 1.888 0.898


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

Update: The Go On preview, which aired commercial free from 11:06-11:30PM, averaged a 5.6 adults 18-49 rating, and garnered 16.1 million total viewers. It will not be measured in official national Nielsen reports and wll not be included in averages for the night, week or season.

On NBC,  coverage of the XXX Olympic Games scored a 9.2 rating from 8-11 PM up from an 8.1 fast national for the same night of the Beijing games, but down 5% from last Wednesday's fast nationals. The preview of the new comedy Go On which aired from  earned a 6.4 adults 18-49 rating from 11-11:30PM, but this number includes 6 minutes of the Olympics, so it will almost certainly go down when the final ratings come in later this afternoon.

On CBS, Big Brother matched its series low with a 1.8 18-49 rating, down 10% from last week's 2.0,.

On ABC,  Final Witness garnered a 0.8 among adults 18-49, up 14% from last week's 0.7.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 7, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 NBC XXX Olympics (8-11PM) 9.2/27 28.75
CBS Big Brother 1.8/6 5.31
ABC The Middle  - R 0.8/3 3.06
FOX So you Think You Can Dance - R (8-10PM) 0.7/2 1.89
CW Supernatural - R 0.4/1 1.04
8:30 ABC Suburgatory - R 0.7/2 2.47
9:00 ABC Modern Family - R 1.1/3 2.90
CBS Criminal Minds - R 0.9/2 3.94
CW Supernatural - R 0.3/1 0.75
9:30 ABC Modern Family - R 1.1/3 2..748
10:00 CBS CSI - R 0.8/2 3.91
ABC Final Witness 0.8/2 2.79

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

    @ Paul, Matthew Perry himself wasn’t at his best, I think that dude peaked as Chandler Bing and hasn’t found that spark ever since and Laura was even worse, I’ve seen her in other projects and she was definitely forcing it. Both of them can act but they were not at their best here.

  • jt

    I stopped watching Big Brother after week 2. I dunno why but I’m just not feeling this season either. What’s up with Janelle’s and Boogie’s noses?

  • Hadesa

    I’m predicting SPN premiers at a 0.7 and hovers around the 0.6 mark in the fall before dipping to 0.5’s in the spring. It will likely still be renewed for a ninth season regardless of ratings.

  • Alex Morgan #13

    At my workplace we always talk about what came on TV the night before and its been the Olympics everyday since it started but yesterday it was about how awful Go On was. I felt bad for Matthew Perry because everybody expects him to be as good as he was on Friends.

  • RG-X

    “GO ON” was just okay for me – the serious tone it had at the end was different – some clever lines were in it – it could have potetial – but too early to tell.

    For now: I will check it out again IF one of my regular shows I watch isn’t up against it or maybe I’ll wait for the re-runs.

  • RG-X

    Another Side Note: “GO ON” didn’t make me laugh like Raising Hope or Last Man Standing – those 2 shows are funnier!

  • Dennis


    I think it will premiere with a boost from Arrow…so maybe around 0.9
    It will fall and in the spring will be hitting 0.6’s maybe an odd 0.5.
    Season average will be 0.7

  • were123

    Just watched Go On. It was an avarage pilot, it has some good things, but it didn’t lean towards more funny things, still it has potential, so I’ll keep watching

  • eric

    Haven’t been a fan of any nbc comedy since the office and 30 rock became unwatchable but i gotta tell you i was pleasantly surprised with go on. Decent premise and writing. This is a good role for matthew perry. He’s not nearly annoying as i thought he would be. Overall not too bad. And this coming from someone who only watches one show on nbc that is not sports- L&O SVU.

  • Nick

    Wow. That’s a more than a full ratings point below what I predicted for Go On. It’s on my DVR and I’ll watch it later. Fall has now officially started! yay.

  • Noname_Rex

    Seems as if I was right! NBC’s comedies are on a different level compared to CBS and ABC. It would appear that you would actually have to be somewhat intelligent to watch it, compared to literally ALL of CBS’s comedies where all you have to be is half awake (although I’ll admit I love TBBT).

    I’m also still going with my theory I made several months ago which is that no one will ever give anything on NBC a chance simply because it’s NBC, while everyone just suspects that anything new on CBS will be a direct hit.

  • Mike

    BB14 isn’t failing because of the Olympics, it is the stupid twist. Alison Grodner needs to go away, for good, she has ruined the show season in and season out.

  • Melanie

    Now it seems the whole house has pretty much turned on Janelle on Big Brother. She seems bored this season and hasn’t had the same spark I have seen her play with in her previous two seasons. I don’t know who to root for anymore.

  • cc

    As for positive comments on twitter for Go On, it could have something to do with Matthew Perry being on it last night reminding people to tune in. Could’ve also helped the ratings? I know if I didn’t see his reminder, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. Sorry I did now.

  • Oliver

    I find it bizarre that people are saying if you didn’t like Go On then you must like the Lorrecoms.

    The reality is that the pilot wasn’t especially good. It had major structural, tonal and pacing issues. Its biggest problem is that it tried to do far, far too much in its 23 minutes and didn’t really succeed. There’s nothing about it that struck me as especially ‘intelligent’ either.

    Critics have given it a lukewarm response for a reason (C+ at The AV Club, B- from Alan Sepinwall). It wasn’t anywhere near as good as Community’s pilot, which was based on a similar premise. I’m also far from convinced it will be a good show from week-to-week.

    In Fall, it’s up against Happy Endings and New Girl, two of the best sitcoms on television. For me, it’s definitely in third place given the competition. Happy Endings is the funniest show on TV.

  • Agnes

    I just watched Go On and I was pleasantly suprised by how much I liked it. To be certain, its more dramedy than comedy which is offputting to some I guess. But I thought it struck a good balance between the drama and comedy – I chuckled much more than I thought I would. Its going on my fall schedule now but will probably pick Happy Endings over it (I find New Girl unwatchable).

    To those making comparisons to Up All Night, I thought Go On was much higher quality than that show’s pilot…

  • rick

    Never watched Friends so not sure about Matthew Perry’s role in it, but he seemed ok in Go On. Better than the sitcoms with howling studio audiences but not nearly as good as Modern Family.

  • Paul
  • rick

    The Go On character looked identical to the Mr. Sunshine character to me.

  • Hadesa


    SPN season 8 premier will air the week before Arrows series premier, so I dont see why there would be a boost.

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