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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  • rob60990

    Rookie Blue was new but zap2it had it as a rerun. No idea why.

  • glover

    Raising Hope did great, tied with New Girl in the demo and with more viewers. It’s one of my favorite comedies, only behind Community, Parks and Happy Endings. I was worried about the show but seems it will do well in the fall.

  • a p garcia

    Wipeout needs Jill Wagner back!

  • capslocke

    No matter how Raising Hope does in repeats, it cannot anchor the night. It barely was able to make it after New Girl (even when New Girl had the Glee lead- in). During FOX’s little experiment, Raising Hope was going down and down at 8. Ratings will be way down this season, and I assume syndication prospects will be the only thing keeping it on the bubble in this year’s Renew/ Cancel Index.

    I expect FOX’s Tuesday to be similar to its Raising Hope/IHMTD/New Girl/Breaking In disaster. Raising Hope will be way down, Ben And Kate will be DOA, New Girl won’t be reliable hit without a decent lead- in, and The Mindy Project will be a let- down ratings- wise. And especially for the latter 2 with all of the comedy competition on Tuesdays at 9 this year. While I don’t think it will be as bad as ABC’s Tuesday night comedies, i do think NBC might actually have this one.

  • Oliver

    In general, older skewing shows repeat better* and New Girl skews super-young, so don’t read too much into its repeat numbers.

    * Key exception: animated shows, especially Family Guy.

  • ToXiX

    If Rock Center does better than Saving Hope, then there really is no hope of saving hope.

  • Aerilyn

    I think ‘Ben and Kate’ may turn out to do very well, same with ‘The Mindy Project.’ Critics are really taking a liking to those two sitcoms compared to the rest that’s coming this season. These two and ‘Go On.’

  • Sid

    I think The Next, The Catalina and Remodeled will all be cancelled whiles Oh Sit and possibly Breaking Pointe surviving for another midseason/summer run.

  • Sally

    @ToXiX “Rock Center” does better than “Saving Hope” in part because NBC actually advertises it. “Saving Hope” hasn’t been advertised on the network for months now. “Rock Center,” on the other hand, has ads airing during “Saving Hope” and its host talking the show up on his own nightly new broadcast and on late night shows like “The Daily Show.”

  • Michael

    With ANTM premiering tonight, Oh Sit will have to settle for second place this summer.

  • kougie757

    To the person that said Wipeout is ABC’s highest rated summer programming, that is incorrect, the Bachelorette beat it every week.

  • Ray

    Rookie Blue was a NEW episode last night but my online cable guide did not show the ‘NEW’ label in the episode description. Wonder if that may have driven away some less that faithful viewers?

  • The Situation Room with Barf Witzer

    ANTM has had no promotion. I consider myself a big fan but I had no idea it was tonight until I saw your guys’ sidebar.

  • Melanie

    BB14 was rocking last night, goodbye Boogie. Ian’s video message to him was priceless, and so was Britney’s lol!! Frank won veto AGAIN and removed himself from nominations, surprise, surprise.

  • Ultima

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

    Nonsense. Wipeout has averaged a 1.7 this summer, The Bachelorette averaged a 2.4.

  • Ultima

    I consider myself a big fan

    You’re a “big fan” of the show, yet you never bothered to look up when it premiered?

  • Nick

    Raising Hope repeated nicely. I agree with @capslocke that FOX’s comedy block will come in second to NBC, but doubt it will be that bad. Have you considered the fact that the 4-sitcom block’s failure in March may have not been Raising Hope’s fault, but that of IHMTD and Breaking In? Also, the conpetition from Last Man Standing hurt it as well. With that gone, the sitcom block will be successful at least until January.

  • Ultima

    With ANTM premiering tonight, Oh Sit will have to settle for second place this summer.

    If ANTM performs like it did last fall, you’re probably right. On the other hand, if it’s more like the spring, along with being on Friday during the summer, I wouldn’t necessarily assume it could even match Oh Sit’s 0.4 average.

  • Nick


    With ANTM premiering tonight, Oh Sit will have to settle for second place this summer.

    ANTM got 0.4/0.5 all year in the regular season on Wednesdays. That’s pretty much the same as Oh Sit right now. Why on earth would it do better on a Friday during the summer?

  • Dan S

    Looks like Saving Hope has 2 airings next week. In addition to Thur it has a 2nd eps on Sat Sept 1st where that’s I assume it will finish its run on NBC. I could see either the CW or ION running SH next year since it’s been renewed in Canada.

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