TV Ratings Thursday: 'Big Brother' Rises, 'Hell's Kitchen' Down, Decent Debut for 'Hollywood Game Night', 'Motive' Hits Low

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July 12th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.6/5 1.4/5 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.1/4 1.3/5 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.1/0
Total Viewers (million) 4.018 6.003 3.656 3.825 4.575 0.566


FOX and CBS tied for  number 1 in adults 18-49 while  CBS was on top with Total Viewers.


On CBS, in its new time period, Big Brother earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, up 18 percent from a 1.7 for last Wednesday’s live show, which was impacted by decreased holiday viewing levels.

On FOX, Hell’s Kitchen garnered a 2.0 18-49 rating, down 5 percent from a 2.1 at 8PM on June 27.

On NBC, the timeslot premiere of The Winner Is... scored a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 47 percent from a 1.9 for its most recent episode, on June 18 which followed the finale of The Voice. The series premiere of Hollywood Game Night notched a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, down 24 percent from a 1.7 for the series premiere of Stars Earn Stripes on August 13, 2012. Your predictions were a bit too optimistic.  It tied with last week's  "Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" for NBC's best performance in the time period  since April 18.

On ABC, Wipeout scored a series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating down 10 percent from a 1.0 on June 27. Motive notched a series low 0.8 down 11 percent from a series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating on June 27. Rookie Blue earned a season low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating down 17 percent from a 1.2 on June 27.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, July 11, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 1.9/7 7.96
FOX Hell's Kitchen - R 1.1/4 2.93
ABC Wipeout 0.9/3 3.90
NBC The Winner Is… - R 0.8/3 3.46
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.2/1 0.62
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.6/6 6.72
9:00 CBS Big Brother 2.0/6 6.15
FOX Hell's Kitchen 2.0/6 5.11
NBC The Winner Is… 1.0/3 3.91
ABC Motive 0.8/3 4.64
CW Beauty and the Beast - R 0.2/1 0.52
10:00 NBC Hollywood Game Night- Series Premiere 1.3/4 4.11
ABC Rookie Blue 1.0/3 5.18
CBS Elementary - R 0.8/3 4.52


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/3; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49) tied "Late Late Show" (0.4/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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  • BigBrotherFan


    Makes total sense. Thanks. I was wondering…lol

  • Dennis

    Hollywood Game Night annihilated Hannibal! lol

  • E.S.

    HGN is probably super cheap to produce, so if they manage to keep the demo ratings above a 1.0, it might be renewed.

  • Rebecca

    I DVR’d Hollywood Game Night but saw some of it live – looked like fun. I’ll keep watching.

  • Rebecca

    Is HGN a limited run? If they renew it would it just be a summer/filler show, if anyone knows?

  • rob60990

    Hannibal premiered to a 1.6 so?

  • TimsDale4ever

    I enjoyed HGN once it got going — everyone just seemed to be having a good time and not too hung up on who would win. Lynch was a great host! I thought it would do a little better in the ratings though.

  • CrimTV

    Omg so glad Big Brother is up, so happy with the outcome on last nights show, both my favourites remained in the competition and one of them on HOH!! Woohoo!

  • charmedcraft

    Motive started off really good, but then with the NBA Playoffs, it got put on hold. Motive never came back the same (ratings wise), which is too bad because it’s not a bad show.

  • sally

    nbc and their stupied singing shows and game shows

  • Kissan

    LOL at Motive and Rookie Blue. That’s what ABC gets for letting them go off for a month for the NBA Finals, come back and then take ANOTHER week off for 4th of July. Very stupid ABC. BB did good on its new time slot and The Winner Is went down a lot of course. I like HGN yesterday and it was really fun. And finally something else except for TBBT won the night.

  • Chuck_T

    Hollywood Game Night did better than the (I assume) much more expensive Hannibal.

  • E.S.

    ABC is in bad shape. If they continue their current rout, they could drop below NBC!

  • cc

    Why would abc put Wipeout up against TBBT? Do they want it to fail? They can’t seriously think they’ll beat it, can they?

  • Kissan

    The highest rating ABC had this week was The Bachelorettes 1.9 which is terrible for the other new ABC shows.

  • JR35

    Wipeout surely has fallen from its “mighty” days. Wonder if ABC will stick with it- probably so, as it’s probably pretty cheap to produce.

  • Oliver

    Is Matthew Perry pregnant? He looks HUGE in that pic!

  • HW

    ABC killed any chance of Rookie Blue and Motive doing well with their terrible scheduling. They should have just waited to debut both after the NBA Finals were done. Would have allowed for more regular scheduling and likely better audience retention as a result. With these ratings, it’s not likely Motive will return next summer, is it? Or is a 0.8 fine considering it is summer and a cheap import show?

  • Edward

    Hannibal costs less than HGN does for NBC since NBC doesn’t own Hannibal. Networks are in the business of making money so if a show is renewed it’s because the network believes it can make them money. It’s not rocket science. I enjoyed HGN. It was fun and easy to play along.

  • Dennis

    Hollywood Game Night had much better ratings then the lat 9 episodes of Hannibal, aired later in the summer, and had a minuscule lead in, cheaper then Hannibal aswell. :D

    NBC must be kicking themselves the renewed one of the biggest ratings disasters of the year (Hannibal) . What an awful decision that was

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