TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Big Brother' Up, 'America's Got Talent' Flat + 'MasterChef' & 'Camp' Dip

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July 18th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.4/5 0.7/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.4/5 1.1/4 1.3/5 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.731 4.391 5.744 3.714 2.677 0.908

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

On NBC,  America’s Got Talent matched last week's 2.8 adults 18-49 rating.  Camp garnered a 1.4, down a tenth from its 1.5 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

On FOX, MasterChef earned a 2.1, down two tenths from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating at 9PM.

On CBS, Big Brother earned a 2.1, up a tenth from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Lookout scored a 0.8, up a tenth from last week's series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, July 17, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Big Brother 2.1 8 6.31
NBC America's got Talent -R 1.8 7 7.68
FOX Masterchef (8-9PM) -R 1.1 4 3.23
ABC The Middle -R 0.6 2 3.16
CW Arrow -R 0.2 1 0.99
8:30PM ABC Suburgatory -R 0.5 2 2.30
9:00PM NBC America's got Talent 2.8 9 11.02
FOX Masterchef (9-10PM) 2.1 7 5.55
CBS Criminal Minds -R 1.1 4 4.86
ABC Modern Family -R 0.8 3 2.62
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.82
9:30PM ABC The Neighbors -R 0.6 2 2.07
10:00PM NBC Camp 1.4 4 4.51
CBS CSI -R 1.3 4 6.07
ABC The Lookout 0.8 2 2.96


In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.0/3 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • rgxx

    I don’t understand what people see in Camp & BB?!?

    – Like a freeway accident; I guess people just can’t stop looking at horrible things.

  • Jiji Moran

    This Wednesday programming is the reason why I watched PBS last night. “Revisiting Elsa”, and “Machu Pichu” were refreshing to watch.

    The talent shows give me a headache, and make me want to throw the TV off the balcony.

  • Toni

    The Neighbors repeat beated Suburgatory and matched The Middle demo. GREAT!

  • CBSviewer

    Wow at Supernatural and CSI :)

  • Bob

    Thank God Big Brother has equalized it’s ratings. It will DEFINITELY be back for a 16th Season. Not many shows can say that (16th Season). I would say it is in the top 10 longest running series and if not top 10 then top 20 for sure. Master Chef is awesome….I am so glad that they repeat the show at 8 so I don’t miss anything and ready to go at 9 after Big Brother. Tonight is Big Brother and Hell’s Kitchen!!! I will watch Hell’s Kitchen on Hulu Plus tomorrow.

  • Cheryblosen

    All I have to watch tonight is Hollywood game show and degrassi

  • Alex

    Camp has to be a success for NBC so far, holding it’s numbers, people seem to genuinely like it, and because it’s an Australian production it’s really really cheap. If numbers hold or bump a bit I could see another order for next summer.

  • JoshuaCanada

    Putting the spam filters on the F word (not the f- bomb, you know what I mean) worked. No f detector to be found

  • Melanie P.

    Glad Big Brother holds steady in its 15th season. Not many shows are able to continue doing that. I thought Aaryn was a shoo-in to leave, but now since Jeremy is on the block also, looks like he may be the one going home tonight.

  • CrimTV

    @Melanie P.

    Thank god, I do not like Jeremy one bit

  • John

    Without the Americas Got Talent lead, Camp would be struggling to get a 1.0.

  • rob60990

    Oh man a whole ratings thread without THAT word. Amazing.

    ABC really needs a couple of comedy hits this season so they don’t have to put up with losers like Suburgatory & The Neighbors.

  • Anon

    An Apt 23 burnoff could not have done any worse than any of these motley ABC reruns.

  • Theoacme

    @Anon – oh, yes it can! DTTBIA23 certainly could have – remember, the Bachelorette is sucking too, demos under two…

    …and remember, the summer months are low income for ad sales for the nets – the low costs of repeats helps defray things…

    …so, would ABC pay mega$$ for a show that might get a 2, when it gets the rerun rights paid for already? The advertisers aren’t paying a premium for summer – they’re waiting for the new fall TV season.

  • Johnna Smith

    the headline, America’s Got Talent flat as Big Brother rises, seems a bit misleading. yes, BB beat AGT at the 8pm slot, but AGT (with a strong #2)was a rerun. at 9pm, AGT was #1 with numbers higher than BB’s at 8pm.

    if you look at the ratings for the week you see that AGT is doing very well. it had the #1 #4 & #8 rankings for the entire week. BB barely made the top ten.

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