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



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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