TV Ratings Thursday: 'Rookie Blue' Finale Way Up, 'Wipeout', 'Big Brother' Rise, 'America's Got Talent' Hits Series Low & Final Day of DNC Coverage

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September 7th, 2012



Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/6 1.6/5 1.3/4 1.1/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.2/4 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.218 5.299 3.163 4.329 1.824 0.709


Note:  Due to the live nature of the Democratic National Convention coverage these time-period based Fast Affiliate Ratings are subject to more than the typical adjustments.

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

On CBS, Big Brother earned a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, up 16% from last week's Thursday-low 1.9.

On ABC, Wipeout scored a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 18% from last week's series low 1.1. Rookie Blue garnered a 1.2 among adults 18-49 rating, up 33% from last week's series low 0.9

On NBC, America's Got Talent earned a series low (excluding recaps) 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 18% from a 2.2 for its last results episode on Wednesday, August 29, but giving NBC its best rating in the time period since March 15, 2012.

On The CW,The Next garnered a 0.3 among adults 18-49, even with last week.

Coverage of the final night of the  Democratic National Convention earned  a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating on NBC from 9-10PM, rising to a 2.5 from 10-11PM, a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating on ABC from 10-11PM and a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating on CBS from 10-11PM. However, these numbers are approximate and subject to more than typical adjustment.

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, September 6, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.0/7 7.28
NBC America's Got Talent 1.8/6 7.60
ABC Wipeout 1.3/4 4.48
FOX Rasing Hope -R 0.7/3 2.00
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.79
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.7/5 6.28
FOX New Girl - R 0.7/2 1.73
9:00 CBS Big Brother 2.2/6 6.09
ABC Rookie Blue (Finale) 1.2/3 4.83
NBC Democratic National Convention - Live 1.6/4 6.03
FOX Glee - R 0.6/2 1.78
CW The Next 0.3/1 0.63
10:00 NBC Democratic National Convention - Live 2.5/7 8.03
ABC Democratic National Convention - Live 1.0/3 3.67
CBS Democratic National Convention - Live 0.9/2 3.03


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night (New Orleans is excluded and all start times were delayed due to overrun convention coverage):

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.5/4; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.4/6; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2; "Nightline," 0.9/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.
  • At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.8/3). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1).
  • 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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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.

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  • EatMorePez

    Can we get back to talking about TV ratings today?
    Maybe? Hopefully? Pretty please?

  • Holly


    Your hope is so endearing…in vain, but endearing ;)

  • John A

    Wipeout is doing terrible.

  • Jeff (Canada)

    There’s a good chance these ratings comparisons to last week will be meaningless until we get the final figures in later today, due to what could be another round of massive adjustments.

  • Dee

    Ignorant Republicans Coming in 3…2…

  • RJ

    @ John A,

    ABC never learned and just kept airing spring, summer, and winter editions. It was too much.

  • rob60990

    Wow a 2.5 Thursday at 10 for NBC. When was the last time they were that high in the timeslot?

    ABC really should not do any Winter Wipeout this year.

  • EatMorePez

    And before someone complains that NBC had two hours of convention coverage last night, something they didn’t do any night for the Republicans, please realize NBC had ZERO hours of DNC coverage on Wednesday night due to football.


    I try

  • Ultima

    ABC never learned and just kept airing spring, summer, and winter editions.


    They aired Spring Wipeout for one season and then dropped it. There’s been no inidcation that Winter Wipeout is returning next season.

  • Ultima

    There’s a good chance these ratings comparisons to last week will be meaningless

    Any comparisons to last week’s Thursday ratings are meaningless due to the extensive preemptions for the final night of preseason NFL games.

  • Ricky

    Glad to see BB up, especially when Frank is (finally!) evicted! It was possibly the best BB ever last night. Well, that and any episode in which Brendon or Rachel were evicted. And of course, Janelle.


  • Thomas

    With the cancellation of Saving Hope, I won’t be watching NBC that much at all. The only shows I will watch is Days and The Voice, at least until they mess that up.

  • iggy

    Drudge won’t link here today because those numbers are way too good.

  • K

    President Obama can really bring it.

  • PHIL

    NBC did really well ratings wise with the DNC in fact it beat out AGT.

  • thesnowleopard


    I know what you mean, and yet, I like EatMorePez’s hope. Let us all join hands and sing, “Ratings Kumbaya” before the nutters arrive and derail it all.

  • s0303

    maybe wipeout will rise when jill comes back…the show hasn’t been as enjoyable without her.

  • Dave

    “Drudge won’t link here today because those numbers are way too good.”

    Those numbers show Barry won’t even come close to the 38 million+ who watched his speech four years ago.

  • Ultima

    Drudge won’t link here today because those numbers are way too good.

    Even if they did, it wouldn’t be the main headline like yesterday; nothing is going to displace that awful jobs report that came out this morning.

  • PHIL

    @EatMorePez Rock Center usally airs at 10pm so they just preempted that with the DNC. I think they did the same thing last Thursday.

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