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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  • CrimTV

    aww I wish TVD actually did get a 0.5 haha

  • OMG

    @ Steve

    I know right? One criticism becomes misinterpreted as hate, or people think they are criticizing when the tone is clearly of hatred. Then people start defending and retaliate. Now you have the intra-CW fights and the Disney-Nick fight.

  • PHIL

    If Frank plays his cards right this week, he can fly under the radar and have Dan out this week.

  • Ricky

    Poor, poor Britney. Out of all the vets this season she was my favorite. Dan was a close second, but seeing as he’s now working with bullying douchebag Frank, I’m losing support for him fast.

    I really hope Ian won the HOH they didn’t finish on last night’s show. (If anyone knows, no spoilers please! ;) ) It’s a long shot, sure, but he’s not only my favorite houseguest but also the only one who’s certain to target Frank. Shane is a maybe, but that’s a very big maybe. I mean, he did take out Britney, but that was probably just for strategic reasons, because she would be harder to beat in the final two.


  • Jared

    I hope The Next holds up a little bit in the finals..I like the show.

  • Silvio


    You are right. I am sorry about that. But I never post my opinions anywhere, and I just wanted to have my voice be heard at least once.

  • Michael

    CrimTV, why? Lol, it’s just a repeat. Wait till Season 4 premieres!

  • Thomas Nyberg

    Saving Hope did good, but now NBC is putting the last two episodes on Saturday. Guess that means they want to kill it.

  • s0303

    brittany was the only reason i kept watching this season…guess i’ll have 3 hours more a week of free time :)

  • Steve


    So Glad im not alone in liking The Next. I felt like i should be ashamed for some reason but i really am enjoying the show.

  • John A

    Not that i care but why are NBC airing Saving Hope on Saturday. Its doing bad sure but its getting the same as office and parks ratings.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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.”

    My bad on missing the world “outside”. Your crazy rant did indeed contain no objectively incorrect population information.

    And while my comment had nothing to do with politics, the idea that your opinion is welcome here, but mine is not is the craziest thing I have read here in a very long time, and it’s had lots of competition!

  • Chris

    Thanks, Silvio. A lot of us–the majority, going by most polls–agree with what you are saying. But the poll that counts is in November. Wish us luck.

  • Potato

    @Thomas Nyberg–

    Saving Hope is a Canadian show, so, apart from pride of rising viewership it doesn’t really matter what NBC does with it. It’s already been renewed, and I’m sure it did well enough by NBC summer standards to be back next year :)

  • Jason S.

    Congratulations to ABC for coming all the way from behind to first within the “Big 3″ on RNC coverage last night.

  • a p garcia

    The best part of last night’s TV was the appearance of “Dirty Harry Callahan” at the RNC. It amazies me how minorities and people of color’s speeches were overlooked(perhaps on purpose) by the major news networks execpt the one by “Dirty Harry”.

  • AppleStinx


    What makes you think that your opinion is that of 99% of the world population outside the US? Or even 99% of the Brazilian population?

  • Freyja

    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.

    Yeah, because the dumbass in charge is doing such a fantastic job right now *eyeroll*

    Yes, yes you are brainwashed by the left wing media because you think democrats are perfect saints ;)

    PS. Both parties stink and the US won’t be strong until we give the Government back to the PEOPLE….

  • Hillbilly

    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!


    What the heck is college? We just got electricity & running water last year. :)

    If your college educated you better ask for a refund. Hillbilly is on the very page your reading, yet you can’t spell it right. :roll:

  • Joseph

    It’s interesting that a couple of NFL pre-season games kicked-off at 6:35 P.M. EDT.

    Chances are, the home team market’s station televising the game likely asked (or pressured) the team to move the game to 6:35 EDT so the game coverage would end in time for the station to join their network’s convention coverage when it began at 10 EDT.

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