TV Ratings Thursday: 'Rookie Blue' Up, 'Big Brother' Flat, 'Wipeout' Doubleheader Falls at 8PM, Rises at 9PM, 'Oh Sit!' Up

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August 24th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.4/5 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.1/4 1.5/5 0.6/2 0.7/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.205 5.169 3.370 4.067 2.107 0.875


Note: Several network's ratings are likely inflated due to local market NFL Pre-Season coverage.

CBS was the number one network among adults 18-49 and in total viewers.

On CBS, Big Brother earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating matching last week's performance.

On ABC,Wipeout at 8PM scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating down 6% from last week's 1.6. A second episode of  Wipeout at 9PM garnered a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating, up 6% from last week's 8PM telecast.

On NBC, Saving Hope earned a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 33% from last week's 0.6. Rock Center With Brian Williams garnered a 1.2, up 20% from last week's 1.0. These numbers are likely to be adjusted down when the national ratings are released and local market NFL ratings are taken out of the equation.

On The CW, Oh Sit! scored a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, up 33% from last week's 0.3. The Next garnered a 0.3 among adults 18-49, even with its premiere last week.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, August 23, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.1/7 7.55
ABC Wipeout 1.5/5 5.43
NBC The Office - R 1.0/3 3.28
FOX Rasing Hope -R 0.8/3 2.24
CW Oh Sit! 0.4/1 0.91
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.7/6 6.24
NBC Parks and Recreation - R 0.9/3 2.82
FOX New Girl - R 0.8/3 2.04
9:00 CBS Big Brother 2.2/7 6.36
ABC Wipeout 1.7/5 5.39
NBC Saving Hope 0.8/2 3.74
FOX Glee - R 0.7/2 2.08
CW The Next 0.3/1 0.84
10:00 NBC Rock Center With Brian Williams 1.2/3 5.42
ABC Rookie Blue 1.2/4 4.69
CBS Person of Interest - R 1.1/3 5.36


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.7/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.4/4.
  • 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," 0.8/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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

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  • Greg

    Is this the first time ever that Rock Center wins its hour?

  • SG

    Big Brother YEAH! Go Britney, go Ian!

  • John A

    You sure The Next had a 0.2? Berman has it as a 0.3.

  • Nick

    Wipeout still respectable… 1.7 is OK.
    I hope Saving Hope only adjusts down .1.

  • herpderp

    If NBC ever drops Saving Hope, I can see The CW picking it up.

  • forg

    Wipeout while way down is still the best rated of ABC’s summer programming

  • Ricky

    Glad Boogie’s out on his ear…finally!!!!!!!! :D Too bad Frank couldn’t follow him out, but then the producers love him to death. He’s the only person left that I wouldn’t want to see win at all. Mostly because he’s starting to turn into a complete and utter asshat. Maybe he was hanging with Boogie too long.

    I just hope Dan wins HOH (or, if not, the Veto) so they can’t get rid of him. I honestly don’t understand all the hate he gets. People make him out to be such a notorious villain and I see nothing evil about him. He’s like Sandra Diaz-Twine from Survivor; it doesn’t make sense to lump him in with all the villains.

  • s0303

    @herpderp…i think the cw should have taken over flashpoint after cbs dropped it from their summer schedule…it’s not a typical cw show, but viewers may have followed it and they could have got new viewers to their network…

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Is this the first time ever that Rock Center wins its hour?”

    Ask that question again after the final adjustments remove local NFL viewing.

  • RJ

    Oh Sit! isn’t doing all that bad.

  • Chris

    The list of stations airing NFL preseason games last night:


    Green Bay @ Cincinnati – 7:00 PM ET

    Packers broadcast:
    (Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon)
    WGBA 26 (NBC; Green Bay)
    WTMJ 4 (NBC; Milwaukee)
    WKOW 27 (ABC; Madison)
    WXOW 19 (ABC; La Crosse WI)
    WQOW 18 (ABC; Eau Claire WI)
    WAOW 9 (ABC; Wausau WI)
    WLUC 6 (NBC; Marquette MI)
    KGCW 26 (CW; Davenport IA)
    KCWI 23 (CW; Des Moines)
    KMTV 3 (CBS; Omaha)
    KFVE 5 (MyTV; Honolulu)

    Bengals broadcast:
    (Brad Johansen, Anthony Munoz)
    WKRC 12 (CBS; Cincinnati) – tape delay (blacked out locally)
    WRGT 45 (FOX; Dayton) – tape delay (blacked out locally)
    WSYX 6 (ABC; Columbus)
    WLIO (FOX; Lima OH)
    WDRB 41 (FOX; Louisville)


    Jacksonville @ Baltimore – 7:30 PM ET

    Jaguars broadcast:
    (Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli)
    WTEV 47 (CBS; Jacksonville)
    WFTV 9 (ABC; Orlando)
    WGFL 4 (CBS; Gainesville)
    WTXL 27 (ABC; Tallahassee)
    WJHG 7 (NBC; Panama City)
    WJTC 44 (Mobile AL)
    WTVY 4.2 (MyTV; Dothan AL)**Time Warner 101
    WSAV 3 (NBC; Savannah)
    WSWG 44.2 (MyTV; Albany GA)
    WMMP 36 (MyTV; Charleston SC)

    Ravens broadcast:
    (Gerry Sandusky, Stan White, Qadry Ismail)
    WBAL 11 (NBC; Baltimore)
    WJLA 7 (ABC; Washington)
    WHTM 27 (ABC; Harrisburg)


    Arizona @ Tennessee – 8:00 PM ET – ESPN
    (Chris Berman, Trent Dilfer)
    Phoenix: KTVK 3
    Nashville: WKRN 2 (ABC)

  • RyanCanada

    how is that up for Rookie Blue, were they at a 1.5 last week?

  • PHIL

    Dan needs to go, from day 1 they wanted Frank out of the door so of course he has a chip on his shoulder

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “how is that up for Rookie Blue, were they at a 1.5 last week?”

    Nope, Rookie Blue had a 1.1 last week.

  • CrimTV

    This has nothing to do with this post but really glad the UK is getting Arrow, The Following, 666 Park Avenue and Up all Night. A bit annoyed they’ve also picked up Animal Practice and Ben and Kate but whatever :)

  • tv_viewer

    I never liked the idea of mixing veterans with newbies in the Big Brother house. The season should have either all newbies or all veterans. Because Big Brother’s ratings appear to be higher than Wipeout this summer, Endemol USA will think Allison Grodner is doing a “good” job. I wish Big Brother didn’t play favorites among the players. The Amazing Race has had 20 seasons without rigging the show but I fear Allison Grodner will always rig the show to shift the power from one alliance to the other alliance.

  • Chris

    Was Rookie Blue a new episode last night?

  • John A

    Even when NBC is inflated its ratings look bad.

  • Kaylie

    Oh Sit is doing pretty well. I hope the CW doesnt pull the plug on The Next. Its really entertaining.

    Plus, a Raising Hope & New Girl repeat top Glee in the demo. I hope the X Factor can save this show in the Fall.

  • Juan

    I thought rookie blue was a repeat yesterday

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