TV Ratings Sunday: Olympics Closing Ceremony Ends NBC's London 2012 Coverage on a High Note, 'Secret Millionaire' and 'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' Rebound

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August 13th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 7.8/22 1.3/4 1.2/3 0.9/3 0.9/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.9/19 1.6/5 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 26.920 2.806 4.711 3.468 2.426


Note: Due to an overrun of  PGA coverage, CBS ratings will be subject to more than typical adjustments in the final ratings, which will be posted tomorrow.

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

UPDATED: The preview of Animal Practice that aired at 10:58 PM averaged  a 4.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.8 million viewers overall. Click here for more.

On NBC the closing ceremonies of the XXX Olympic Games, earned a 9.1 rating from 8:30-11PM,  up  32% from the Fast Nationals of the Closing Ceremonies four years ago in Beijing. Earlier in the night, the London Gold  special earned a 5.7 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Big Brother was delayed due to a PGA programming overrun, but the remainder of an episode of 60 Minutes and the portion of Big Brother that aired at the 8PM hour earned a 1.9 rating, down from last week's  2.1 adults 18-49 rating. However, major adjustments are likely due to the overrun, so keep an eye out for the final ratings tomorrow for a more accurate number. Earlier in the night, the PGA overrun and 60 Minutes episode that aired at 7PM earned a 1.0 rating.

On ABC, Secret Millionaire earned a 1.0 rating, up from last week's series low 0.8 among adults 18-49.  At 9PM Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition earned a 0.9 rating, up a tenth from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.



Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, August 12, 2012:



Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM NBC London Gold (7-8:30PM) 5.7 18 20.839
CBS PGA Overrun/60 Minutes 1.0 4  5.977
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 0.9 3   4.242
FOX American Dad -R 0.8 3  1.881
7:30 PM FOX Cleveland Show -R 1.0 3  2.095
8:00 PM CBS 60 Minutes/Big Brother 1.9 6  5.646
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.5 4  3.039
ABC Secret Millionaire 1.0 3  3.794
8:30PM NBC XXX Olympics Closing Ceremony (8:30-11PM) 9.1 23  30.569
FOX Cleveland Show -R 1.4 4  2.871
9:00PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.8 5  3.644
CBS Big Brother/Criminal Minds-R 1.0 3  3.565
ABC Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (9-11) 0.9 2  2.821
9:30 PM FOX American Dad -R 1.6 4  3.308
10:00PM CBS Criminal Minds -R /The Mentalist -R 0.7 2  3.658

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  • jj

    Thank god the Olympics are over. Too many fake sports

  • Tyron

    How soon until Whitney replaces Animal Practice on Wednesdays?

  • Starspelly

    @ jj

    There’s no such thing as a fake sport.

  • Leon

    @ Dennis, They actually were really good and its surprising to see them as I didn’t expect them to perform there. They look better than they did 15 years ago especially Sporty Spice (Mel C.)

  • Sergi

    Thanks Amanda!! And good work with this web.


    “Animal Practice” preview: From 11-11:30, NBC averaged 11.6 million and 3.6 in 18-49.


  • Mon

    But AP ran until 11:20pm only.

  • Oliver

    How soon until Whitney replaces Animal Practice on Wednesdays?

    I’d take the under on both Animal Practice and Guys With Kids lasting 13 episodes.

    The only complicating factor is NBC’s awful ratings. ABC pulled Man Up! after it got a 1.5 last November. On NBC, it might have got a back 9.

  • Jon23812

    @jj, I’m not sure what country you live in, but I live in the United States and I recognize all of those sports, and I’m pretty sure London audience recognize all of those sports too.

  • Jeffery

    Big Brother was soooo boring. This season sucks.

  • Paul

    Go On seems to have gotten much better reaction from the Olympic audience than Animal Practice did. I could see Go On lasting awhile.

  • DTV

    Loved the closing ceremony. Saw the tail end of BB14. Very boring.

  • Leondre

    who predicted a viewership of 28.5 million for Animal prcatice on thursday

  • caller 911

    @ Oliver: I think Guys with Kids will last the entire season not sure about season 2. Animal Practice is definitely a goner like Free Agents was.

    @ jj: That was some stupid stuff you just said. I bet you can’t even play any of those sports and you’re talking mess.

    @ Jeffrey & DTV: Definitely agree BB14 just like BB13 was predictable and boring. Stop bringing back these vets. BB hasn’t been good since season 10.

    @ Paul: Go On will last longer than Animal Practice no doubt about that but its reaction was mixed.

  • Spencer

    Hmmm from what I’ve heard(and seen on NBC’s Facebook page) is that people weren’t too fond of Animal Practice. And apparently NBC cut out The Who at the end of the closing ceremonies to show Animal Practice.

  • RG-X

    And now starting tonite NBC gets crushed again.

    Hope you got your ad money to cover you until Winter Olympics, NBC.

  • me

    I liked both London Gold and the Closing ceremonies too. I thought it was neat to see the winning teams come marching in,(and they were taking pictures of each other.) the music was good too. and Animal Practice had its moments when it was cute.

  • RG-X

    YEA! Gordon Ramsey returns tonite!

  • caller 911

    I feel bad for NBC now as the fall from grace starts tonight with their usual numbers. It looked like the 80s and 90s the past couple of weeks but now its gonna start looking like 2012 again for NBC.

    @ Leondre: More than likely a dummy predicted that big of a number. Too bad they were 15-20 million viewers off.

  • Carlos

    am I the only one who really enjoyed Animal Practice? seriously, I found the show so much better and funnier than all NBC’s last fall comedies. and also, Joanna Garcia is great! it can’t be her third failure!!!

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