TV Ratings Thursday: 'Big Brother' Flat, as 'Wipeout', 'Rookie Blue' and 'Saving Hope' Rise + Final Day of RNC Coverage

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August 31st, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.8/5 1.4/4 1.2/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.0/3 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.737 5.265 2.903 3.506 3.627 1.292


Note:  Due to the live nature of the Republican National Convention coverage as well as TONS of local football preemption (FOX was preempted in almost 20% of the country) these time-period based Fast Affiliate Ratings are subject to more than the typical adjustments.

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

On CBS, Big Brother was even with 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,Wipeout at 8PM scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up three tenths  from last week's 1.3 rating at 8PM. Rookie Blue at earned a 1.5 18-49 rating, up half a ratings point from last week's 1.0 rating.

On NBC, Saving Hope earned a summer-high 1.1 rating, up three tenths from last week's  0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW,The Next garnered a 0.5, up two tenths from last week's 0.3 among adults 18-49 rating.

FOX was all repeats for the evening

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, August 30, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.1 7 7.791
ABC Wipeout 1.6 5 5.835
FOX Raising Hope -R 1.1 4 3.339
NBC The Office -R 1.1 4 3.817
CW The Vampire Diaries -R  0.5 1  1.314
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.1 7  6.657
FOX New Girl -R 1.2 4  3.397
NBC Parks and Recreation -R 1.0 3  3.064
9:00PM CBS Big Brother -Live 2.3 6  6.512
ABC Rookie Blue 1.5 4  5.791
FOX Glee -R 1.1 3  3.645
NBC Saving Hope 1.1 3  4.135
CW The Next  0.5  1  1.269
10:00 PM ABC Republican National Convention 1.0 3  4.169
CBS Republican National Convention 1.0 3  3.474
NBC Republican National Convention 0.8 2  3.307

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

 In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.9/5; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.4/4; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.0/5; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.1/4 with an encore. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.3/2; "Nightline," 0.7/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.8/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 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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Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • Brody

    Britney will be missed.

  • John

    Kind of glad that The Next got a 0.5 from last week’s 0.3, but I’m afraid that this is just because of pre-emption.

  • John A

    So everything will adjust down then.

  • Billy

    These ratings are meaningless. Massive NFL preemptions last night and all the shows were delayed about 15 minutes on the west coast.

  • Starship

    I bet CW was pre-empted in many places, 0.5 for a TVD repeat in summer is absurd.

  • dantas


  • Kissan

    This is totally pre-empted in many places.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    Billy speaks the truth. Local NFL pre-emptions galore last night. Wait for the finals before drawing conclusions.

    For those with “NFL pre-emption phobia” last night was the final night of pre-season pre-emptions. Only regular MNF and TNF pre-emptions from now on.

    Edit: I deleted my big long list after Chris posted his, no need to have 2 of them.

  • Joshua


    Poor Britney… AGAIN

  • Steve

    Yea, im sure a lot of shows will go down… Im almost ashamed to admit but im really enjoying The Next on The CW. I quit watching Idol a while back and I tried The Voice but lost interest as well. Nelly and John Rich singing American Women together was just what i needed before bed last night.

  • PHIL

    The deal Frank made with Dan is in Frank’s best interest because Frank cannot play in to HoHs. However, if Frank gets nominated and does not win the POV he can always expose Dan.

  • Chris

    Even Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech was preempted on several stations; it was on several channels, so a preemption on any given station is no big deal. That having been said, this is the list of NFL preemptions last night:

    Atlanta @ Jacksonville – 6:30 PM ET

    Falcons broadcast:
    (Tim Brant, Charles Davis)
    WGCL 46 (CBS; Atlanta)
    WABM 68 (MyTV; Birmingham)
    WFXG 54 (FOX; Augusta GA)
    WXTX 54 (FOX; Columbus GA)
    WGXA 24 (FOX; Macon)
    WTGS 28 (FOX; Savannah)
    WSST 55 (Cordele)

    Jaguars broadcast:
    (Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli)
    WTEV 47 (CBS; Jacksonville)
    WFTV 9 (ABC; Orlando)
    WNBW 9 (NBC; Gainesville)
    WTXL 27 (ABC; Tallahassee)
    WJHG 7.3 (MyTV; 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)
    WTAT 24 (FOX; Charleston SC)


    NY Jets @ Philadelphia – 6:30 PM ET

    Jets broadcast:
    (Ian Eagle, Greg Buttle)
    WCBS 2 (CBS; New York)

    Eagles broadcast:
    (Scott Graham, Brian Baldinger)
    WPVI 6 (ABC; Philadelphia)
    WOLF 56 (FOX; Scranton)
    WPMT 43 (FOX; Harrisburg)
    WHVL (MyTV; State College)


    Kansas City @ Green Bay – 7:00 PM ET – NFL Network

    Chiefs broadcast:
    (Paul Burmeister, Trent Green)
    KCTV 5 (CBS; Kansas City)
    KQTV 2 (ABC; St. Joseph MO)
    WIBW 13 (CBS; Topeka)
    KOLR 10 (CBS; Springfield MO)
    KMIZ 17 (ABC; Columbia MO)
    KODE 12 (ABC; Joplin)
    KSCW 33 (CW; Wichita)
    KDSM 17 (FOX; Des Moines)
    KQCW 12 (CW; Tulsa)
    KFTA 24 (FOX; Fayetteville AR)

    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)
    KFVE 5 (MyTV; Honolulu)


    Buffalo @ Detroit – 7:00 PM ET

    Bills broadcast:
    (Ray Bentley, Steve Tasker)
    WKBW 7 (ABC; Buffalo)
    WHAM 13 (ABC; Rochester)
    WTVH 5 (CBS; Syracuse)
    WBNG 12.2 (CW; Binghamton)

    Lions broadcast:
    (Matt Shepard, Rob Rubick)
    WXYZ 7 (ABC; Detroit)
    WNEM 5 (CBS; Saginaw)
    WSYM 47 (FOX; Lansing)
    WXMI 17 (FOX; Grand Rapids)
    WFQX 32 (FOX; Traverse City)
    WJMN 3 (CBS; Marquette)


    Minnesota @ Houston – 7:00 PM ET

    Vikings broadcast:
    (Paul Allen, Pete Bercich)
    KARE 11 (NBC; Minneapolis)
    WDIO 10 (ABC; Duluth)
    KAAL 6 (ABC; Austin MN)
    WKBT 8 (CBS; La Crosse WI)
    KGAN 2 (CBS; Cedar Rapids IA)
    KPTH 44 (FOX; Sioux City IA)
    KPTM 42 (FOX; Omaha)
    KVRR 15 (FOX; Fargo ND)
    KNDX 26 (FOX; Bismarck ND)
    KXND 24 (FOX; Minot ND)
    KSFY 13 (ABC; Sioux Falls SD)

    Texans broadcast:
    (Joel Meyers, Spencer Tillman)
    KTRK 13 (ABC; Houston)
    KSAT 12 (ABC; San Antonio)
    KVUE 24 (ABC; Austin)
    KBMT 12.2 (NBC; Beaumont)
    KETK 56 (NBC; Tyler)
    KZTV 10 (CBS; Corpus Christi)
    XRIO 2 (FOX; Brownsville)
    KCEN 6.2 (MyTV; Waco)
    KPEJ 24 (FOX; Odessa)
    KTSM 9 (NBC; El Paso)


    Baltimore @ St. Louis – 7:00 PM ET

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

    Rams broadcast:
    (Andrew Siciliano, Marshall Faulk, Orlando Pace)
    KTVI 2 (FOX; St. Louis)
    WQWQ (CW; Paducah KY)
    KQFX 22 (FOX; Columbia MO)
    KRBK 49 (FOX; Springfield MO)
    KFJX 14 (FOX; Joplin MO)
    KYOU 15 (FOX; Ottumwa IA)
    KHQA 7.2 (ABC; Quincy IL)
    WBUI 23 (CW; Springfield IL)
    WAOE 59 (MyTV; Peoria)
    KOCB 34 (CW; Oklahoma City)
    KTUL 8 (ABC; Tulsa)
    WEHT 25 (ABC; Evansville IN)


    Carolina @ Pittsburgh – 7:00 PM ET

    Panthers broadcast:
    (Mike Morgan, Mike Rucker)
    WCCB 18 (FOX; Charlotte)
    WTVD 11 (ABC; Raleigh/Durham)
    WFMY 2 (CBS; Greensboro)
    WITN 7 (NBC; Greenville NC)
    WSFX 26 (FOX; Wilmington NC)
    WYCW 62 (CW; Spartanburg SC)
    WCIV 4 (ABC; Charleston SC)
    WWMB 21 (CW; Myrtle Beach SC)
    WVEC 13 (ABC; Norfolk VA)
    WFXR 21/27 (FOX; Roanoke VA)
    WAPK 36 (MyTV; Bristol TN)

    Steelers broadcast:
    (Bob Pompeani, Edmond Nelson)
    KDKA 2 (CBS; Pittsburgh)
    WTAJ 10 (CBS; Altoona)
    WHP 21 (CBS; Harrisburg)
    WQCW 30 (CW; Charleston WV)
    WYTV 33.2 (MyTV; Youngstown OH)**Time Warner 373


    New Orleans @ Tennessee – 7:00 PM ET

    Saints broadcast:
    (Tim Brando, Solomon Wilcots)
    Cox Sports Television
    WVUE 8 (FOX; New Orleans)
    WUFX 35 (MyTV; Jackson MS)
    WPMI 15 (NBC; Mobile AL)

    Titans broadcast:
    (Cory Curtis, Keith Bulluck)
    WKRN 2 (ABC; Nashville)
    WMC 5 (NBC; Memphis)
    WATE 6 (ABC; Knoxville)
    WDSI 61 (FOX; Chattanooga)
    WJHL 11 (CBS; Johnson City)
    WZDX 54 (FOX; Huntsville AL)
    WPSD 6 (NBC; Paducah KY)
    WTVW 7 (Evansville IN) – tape delay


    Cincinnati @ Indianapolis – 7:00 PM ET

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

    Colts broadcast:
    (Don Fischer, Jim Sorgi)
    WNDY 23 (MyTV; Indianapolis)
    WFFT 55 (Fort Wayne)
    WCWW (CW; South Bend)
    WTWO 2 (NBC; Terre Haute)
    WTVW 7 (Evansville)
    WMYO 58 (MyTV; Louisville)


    Chicago @ Cleveland – 7:30 PM ET

    Bears broadcast:
    (Sam Rosen, Jim Miller)
    WFLD 32 (FOX; Chicago)
    WIFR 23 (CBS; Rockford IL)
    WMBD 31 (CBS; Peoria)
    WRSP 55 (FOX; Springfield IL)
    WCCU 27 (FOX; Champaign IL)
    KHQA 7 (CBS; Quincy IL)
    WSBT2 22.2 (South Bend)
    KLJB 18 (FOX; Davenport IA)
    KFXA 28 (FOX; Cedar Rapids IA)

    Browns broadcast:
    (Jim Donovan, Bernie Kosar)
    WKYC 3 (NBC; Cleveland)
    WBNS 10 (CBS; Columbus)
    WYTV 33 (ABC; Youngstown)
    WHIO 7 (CBS; Dayton) – tape delay


    Oakland @ Seattle – 10:00 PM ET

    Raiders broadcast:
    (Greg Papa, Tom Flores)
    KTVU 2 (FOX; San Fran/Oakland)
    KQCA 58 (MyTV; Sacramento)
    KTLA 5 (CW; Los Angeles)
    KGPE 47 (CBS; Fresno) – tape delay
    KFVE 5 (MyTV; Honolulu)

    Seahawks broadcast:
    (Curt Menefee, Warren Moon)
    KCPQ 13 (FOX; Seattle)
    KPTV 12 (FOX; Portland OR)
    KAYU 28 (FOX; Spokane)
    KCYU 41 (FOX; Yakima WA)
    KFFX 11 (FOX; Tri-Cities WA)
    KEVU 23 (MyTV; Eugene OR)
    KFXO 39 (FOX; Bend OR)
    KMVU 26 (FOX; Medford OR)
    KIVI 6 (ABC; Boise)


    San Diego @ San Francisco – 10:00 PM ET

    Chargers broadcast:
    (Dan Fouts, Billy Ray Smith)
    KFMB 8 (CBS; San Diego)
    KCAL 9 (Los Angeles)
    KLAS 8 (CBS; Las Vegas)
    KBFX 58 (FOX; Bakersfield)
    KKFX 11 (FOX; Santa Barbara)

    49ers broadcast:
    (Dennis O’Donnell, Tim Ryan)
    KBCW 44 (CW; San Francisco)
    KMAX 31 (CW; Sacramento)
    KION 46 (CBS; Monterey)
    KGPE 47 (CBS; Fresno)
    KERO 23 (ABC; Bakersfield)
    KSBY 6 (NBC; San Luis Obispo)
    KCVU 20 (FOX; Chico CA)
    KBVU 28 (FOX; Eureka CA)
    KOLO 8 (ABC; Reno)
    KFBI 48 (MyTV; Medford OR)
    KVAL 13 (CBS; Eugene OR)
    KITV 4 (ABC; Honolulu)


    Denver @ Arizona – 11:00 PM ET – NFL Network

    Broncos broadcast:
    (Dave Logan, Ed McCaffrey)
    KTVD 20 (MyTV; Denver)
    KKTV 11 (CBS; Colorado Springs)
    KKCO 11 (NBC; Grand Junction)
    KMYU (MyTV; Salt Lake City)
    KTNV 13 (ABC; Las Vegas)
    KWBQ 19 (CW; Albuquerque)
    KTWO 2 (ABC; Casper WY)
    KTVQ 2.2 (CW; Billings MT)
    KOTA 3.2 (Me TV; Rapid City SD)

    Cardinals broadcast:
    (Dave Pasch, Ron Wolfley)
    KNXV 15 (ABC; Phoenix)
    KWBA 58 (CW; Tucson)
    KVCW 33 (CW; Las Vegas)

  • Christian

    @Joshua Ha! At least this time Britney was blindsided by one of the best, if not the best, player to ever play the game. Last time she was duped by a bunch of imbeciles, one of whom called themselves “meow meow.” Ugh.. it turned my stomach seeing those morons gloating on last night’s show. I’ll give them props for making final 3 but that wasn’t such a herculean feat with the cast of idiots that surrounded them!

  • John A

    CW will be 0.3 in finals for both shows. Rookie Blue maybe 1.0-1.2. All NBC repeats down to 0.7 and saving hope 0.8. CBS wont drop that much i think.

  • jRobnyc

    Late night ratings were very low, the lowest I’ve seen and they weren’t even on repeats, does anybody know why? Thanks.

  • Michael

    I hope Ian is evicted next. I get he’s a popular player this season, but he’s not loyal to anyone. He thought he was safe on all grounds, even though he was playing Frank the whole time. He thought he could get away with it, lol. Not a Frank fan, but Ian is sneaky!

    I’ll miss Britney, but other than having Shane on her side, she simply isn’t a game player. What I dislike most about BB players is people sitting on the sidelines, letting other people do the dirty work. I really wanted her to redeem herself this season.

    Last, but not least, Joe is extremely loyal!

  • Joshua

    @Christian For sure one of the best moves… Dan is a genius!

  • Silvio

    I previously posted on http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/08/30/republican-national-convention-night-2-draws-22-3-million-viewers-up-800000-from-2008/146771/
    and got a few responses….so let me address them all:

    SG, you are probably a well educated, open minded, well traveled person…congrats!

    Bill Gorman: you should read better what I said…I said 99% of the world population OUTSIDE of the US. And as the owner of the website, you should remain unbiased and not give your silly opinions about politics…let that for the readers, your stupid opinion is not welcome.

    Texan1: wow….I did NOT expect an answer like that coming from a redneck from Texas….wow…i´m so shocked you dont agree with me. Lance said it all…spoke like a true republican.

    Hilbilly: again, I am shocked such answer came from someone whose name is “Hilbilly”…do you have a respectable college education btw? I guess not. Go back to your farm please!

    Hartley news listener: probably the stupidest post I read. No, I do NOT live in the US, neither would I live. So, dont come with your s*it “leave our country”, “welfare check”. The only reason I care, is as a BRAZILIAN who follows world politics, and since the US politics and economy affects us brazilians and EVERYONE IN THE WORLD, YES I DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO CARE. If US politics was as insignificant as lets say, Canadas politics, you are right, I wouldnt have the right to care.
    And I am not brainwashed by NBC, or MSNBC….I only see the truth, which apparently, you…do not.
    And trust me, you will not have a stronger America with a Republican in power….maybe in a few decades, but not now.

    That´s all. Think smarter people, make smarter decisions. It is not just the US population that depends on this election…

  • Steve

    Damn people are snarky in here these days.

  • PHIL

    @Silvio Calling people names makes you an uneducated person.,

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