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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

 

Scoreboard CBS ABC UNI FOX NBC CW
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
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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
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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
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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.
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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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Definitions:

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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  • Silvio

    I´m not going to mind replying to Hillbilly anymore…

    And AppleStinx, maybe 99% was just a way to say it, but recent polls show around 80% of the Brazilian population support Obama. The other 20% probably dont know what they are talking about.

    Freyja, look at the numbers in ALL the countries in Europe first, including Germany, their richest country and the country that suffered the least with the crisis. US still did better than all of them.
    Just today, data was released, and in the second quarter of 2012, US GDP grew higher than all European countries, including Europe.

    So how can you say Obama is doing a bad job if all the other developed countries in the world are doing worse?

  • Silvio

    including Germany***

  • Silvio

    scroll down to the middle of the page and you will see what I am talking about: http://g1.globo.com/economia/noticia/2012/08/economia-brasileira-cresce-04-no-2-trimestre-de-2012-mostra-ibge.html

  • bob

    Big Borther was fantasic the last two episodes. Thank God Dan thought up his strategy. I never saw a person use 24 hours so effectively. Now for who is left. I hope Dan, Ian, Frank, and Danielle survive to the end. I am not a Frank fan but the show would be boring without him. Joe and Shane are completely useless and do absolutely nothing. Jenn is there but I give her props for using the golden idol and she gets funny sometimes in the diary room. Obviously, I want Dan to win overall….Danielle to come in second.

  • Freyja

    @Silvio

    No offense I don’t care about other countries I worry about my own, the USA will always be better off than the other countries… ;)

    With millions still unemployed and those like myself who have stopped looking for work, it’s been 3+ years and I can’t get any call backs on my applications and congress not giving a rats being about it either.

    No more failed stimulus projects hey GM how’s that working out for you now?

    No more fraud green projects like Sylondra- How’s that working out for you Mr.President?

    Not to mention Operation Fast and Furious in which they literally sold guns to Mexican drug cartels, and it got a border agent killed in the process. Then used an executive order to cover it up.

    Oh yeah not to mention good ole’ Harry Reid not passing a budget in the past 3 years, hell he won’t even bring it to the floor.

    So yes I can say Obama failed because he can’t lead… And I am not saying Romney will be any better as a President, because both parties suck..

    The Government isn’t working for the people it’s working for themselves, lining their pockets with the taxpayers money or their lobbyists, whether it be Unions or Corporations.

    When the USA can get rid of that two party system, it will shine again… But until then we will continue our downfall.

  • Silvio

    Something we can finally agree on…America needs to get rid of the two party system.

    But you have to agree with me that nobody is perfect, and given the circunstances the world is throught right now, America couldn´t be doing better. You can´t ask for the impossible, and Obama is doing the best of what was given to him….again, just compare to the economic data of the rest of the world during this crisis!

  • Ultima

    @Silvio
    So how can you say Obama is doing a bad job if all the other developed countries in the world are doing worse?

    GDP growth of less than 2% is still terrible and typically precedes a recession. It’s irrelevant if Europe is doing worse, it’s not acceptable economic growth.

    Under President Obama, we have had over 8% unemployment for almost four years (along with a 30 year low in labor participation), trillion dollar deficits, and the worst recovery since the Great Depression. His party hasn’t even tried to pass a budget in over three years, is unconcerned with the entitlement and debt crisis, and has a mind-numbingly absurd energy policy. Furthermore, Obama just doesn’t seem interested in taking on a leadership role in any of the problems facing this country.

    If you look at the internals of the polls here, instead of just the topline, it’s obvious that Romney has a significant advantage and everything is trending his way. Unless there’s a drastic change in the next two months, Romney will defeat Obama in a landslide.

  • Ultima

    @Silvio
    America couldn´t be doing better

    Most Americans disagree with that statement.

  • AppleStinx

    Silvio wrote: “scroll down to the middle of the page and you will see what I am talking about”

    How can you suggest that President Obama is doing a good job just because our GDP grew at a snail pace however more than other industrialized countries? I read the article and didn’t see anything supporting your contention that a Republican president would do worse.
    By the way, the Brazilians I know wouldn’t be as disrespectful to a host as you were to Bill.

  • Mark

    oOama said this when talking about the economy “I think people are going to see that we’re starting to make some progress. If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition”

    He has not fixed the economy he has failed and therefore should be voted out.

  • Silvio

    @Ultima

    Please quote me right next time…I said “GIVEN THE CIRCUNSTANCES THE WORLD IS THROUGHT RIGHT NOW, America couldnt be doing better”

    Now, let me quote YOU right: “the worst recovery since the Great Depression”….but wait, wasnt this the worst recession since the Great Depression? So yeah, miracles dont happen baby. If McCain was president, I bet you 8% unemployment would now be just wishful thinking.

    And dont be ignorant when you say “It’s irrelevant if Europe is doing worse”…of course it is relevant. The only reason why you are saying this is because you are a Republican and you want Obama to lose. Europe and US, is the best apples to apples comparision you can get.

    @AppleStinx: you said “I read the article and didn’t see anything supporting your contention that a Republican president would do worse”
    ummm, the article´s point was never to compare US parties, its about GDP growth…duuh
    PS: I´m no kiss ass

  • AppleStinx

    Silvio wrote: “ummm, the article´s point was never to compare US parties, its about GDP growth…duuh PS: I´m no kiss ass”

    Your original point was about comparing US parties.
    Obviously you don’t know the difference between kissing ass and being respectful.

  • Silvio

    neither do you

    and obviously you are ignorant enough to not see the bigger picture

  • John A

    I thought this was a ratings site? Why so much politics comments

  • Ultima

    @Silvio
    Please quote me right next time

    Umm, ok…

    given the circunstances the world is throught right now, America couldn´t be doing better

    Most Americans disagree with this statement.

    I found your qualifier to be redundant as the present tense and current situation is assumed.

    Now, let me quote YOU right: “the worst recovery since the Great Depression”….but wait, wasnt this the worst recession since the Great Depression?

    Seriously? Typically, the worse the recession is, the stronger the recovery is! For example, look at every other post-War recession in the U.S….

    In the first year of the recovery, GDP growth was decent, hitting almost 4% for three quarters. However, in the past two years, it’s averaged under 2%! That’s an awful recovery and it’s unacceptable. There’s plenty of excuses out there, but the reality is that better policies would have resulted in significantly higher growth.

  • Ultima

    @John A
    I thought this was a ratings site? Why so much politics comments

    The extensive preemptions for NFL preseason games last night rendered the fast affiliate ratings essentially useless. Hard to talk about ratings when there is nothing to talk about! ;)

  • Julie

    @Silvio

    Thank you for saying that my country (Canada)’s politics are insignificant. I’ll remember that next time I vote.

  • SueP

    @Ultima, Applestinx et al – Discussing the intricacies of American politics with an opinionated non-native is like discussing a Doctoral thesis with a fifth grader. :) But I applaud your attempt and agree with your well made points.

  • Ultima

    @SueP
    Discussing the intricacies of American politics with an opinionated non-native is like discussing a Doctoral thesis with a fifth grader.

    It’s a walk in the park compared to explaining ratings and renew/cancel chances to some of the more delusional/devoted fans on here. ;)

  • Aja

    “And trust me, you will not have a stronger America with a Republican in power….

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

    @Silvio,
    Amen and a Hallelujah to that!
    Anyone who offshores their investments and American jobs does not deserve, nor have the qualifications or patriotism to be POTUS. Romney is the epitome of the flim-flam man.

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