TV Ratings Wednesday: 'MasterChef' Rises, 'America's Got Talent' Hits Low, 'Big Brother' Steady

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July 25th, 2013

MasterChef July 24

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/6 1.6/5 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.8/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/6 1.0/4 0.8/3 1.2/4 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.317 7.052 5.591 3.296 2.881 1.060

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49  while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On FOX, MasterChef scored a 2.3 up 5 percent from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC,  America’s Got Talent earned a season-low 2.3 down 21 percent from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. However, this matches the performance of the first results show of last season.  Camp garnered a 1.1, down 15 percent from last week’s 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Big Brother matched  last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.

On ABC, The Lookout scored a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week’s performance.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, July 24, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 2.2/8 6.30
NBC America's Got Talent - Recap Show 1.6/5 6.63
FOX MasterChef - R 1.2/4 3.12
ABC The Middle - R 0.8/3 3.54
CW Arrow - R 0.3/1 1.09
8:30 ABC Suburgatory - R 0.6/2 2.52
9:00 NBC America's Got Talent 2.3/7 10.32
FOX MasterChef 2.3/7 5.52
CBS Criminal Minds - R 0.9/3 4.37
ABC Modern Family - R 0.9/3 3.14
CW Supernatural - R 0.3/1 1.03
9:30 ABC The Neighbors - R 0.7/2 2.33
10:00 CBS CSI - R 1.1/3 6.10
NBC Camp 1.1/3 4.21
ABC The Lookout 0.8/3 2.88


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," 2.3/6; 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," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3 with an encore.




  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 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" (1.3/5 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 0.8/3 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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  • Carl

    With the racism controversy winding down, I’m not surprised BB isn’t going to keep going up. The editing in the TV episodes is horrid. If they edited honestly and showed the true insanity of the house, they’d get better numbers. With what they showed, they were fortunate to get steady.

  • CrimTV


    How can you compare Under the Dome and Big Brother, first of all UTD did not destroy Big Brother because it is on Mondays at 10pm and BB airs Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 8pm. Second of all, UTD is in it’s 1st season and BB is in it’s 15th and finally, Big Brother is a cheap reality show compared to an expensive drama. I’m not saying UTD will be cancelled, but you can’t compare it’s ratings with Big Brother’s.

  • CrimTV

    Amanda on Big Brother is getting an incredibly good edit, when in fact she is nasty to so many of the houseguests.

  • BigBrotherFan


    I was pretty shocked to come on the internet and find out how Amanada really is! I good edit indeed.

  • BigBrotherFan

    **A good edit

  • Dennis


    Its easy….people compare different types of shows all the time…and i’m comparing the fact that Under the Dome DESTROYED Big Brother….Simple :D

  • Hardline_Pro

    Wow, what happened to NBC last night? Ouch.

  • joel

    I don’t think it’s a good edit at all. I’ve only watched on TV but have seen enough to know she’s manipulative, controlling, self-centered and dangerous. She tries to hijack every HOH. I’m surprised she wasn’t more on America’s radar for the 3rd nominee.

  • Cheryblosen

    Umm wasn’t NBC on top with total viewers not cbs

  • Samunto

    It’s interesting to see that AGT had almost the same total viewers for yesterday’s perfomance show but the ratings plummeted in the demo. Though i remember last year the results show were falling hard as the season progressed.

    Surely Camp should be doing better.

  • Jacobo

    Why does NBC need to air a recap of what happened yesterday. Rather have dateline or something.

  • omabin


    I agree about Amanda! She talking about saving Elissa was irritating at best. She saved her because it fitted her game (getting Nick out of the house while using Elissa to control the third nomination), not out of charity!

  • Mike

    The twist last night was pretty good on BB. I am hoping Aaryn goes home and Julie says, here is a bowl of rice, just to see her reaction.

  • CBSviewer

    Last Supernatural repeat of the summer :( CSI did well !

  • CBSviewer

    @ Edward

    Higher ratings mean nothing if you’re losing money for the network

    Mark Pedowitz said The CW was losing $1 million for each Supernatural (when it was on Friday). CW renewed the Show because it was the second highest rated Show of the network it was losing money.

  • Ted Craig

    Some folks online are wondering why MC has so many baking challenges this year. It seems to me Fox wanted to take no chances with American Baking Competition.

  • HV

    Something that came into my mind yesterday, will “Suburgatory” become the new “Cougar Town”? Both shows spent two years on Wednesday on ABC, then got held for midseason in season three. I think that “Suburgatory” will actually be closer to syndication than “Cougar Town”, because I think that “Suburgatory” will be on the schedule before mid-November. The other thing I’m wondering, and have been wondering all summer, is what “Suburgatory” would do in seasons beyond season three. Tessa will be an adult very shortly into season three (she celebrated her 16th birthday in an episode that aired in November in season one), and will have graduated high school by the end of season three. And I expect that she will go off to college. Won’t that just kill the show?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Mark Pedowitz said The CW was losing $1 million for each Supernatural (when it was on Friday). CW renewed the Show because it was the second highest rated Show of the network it was losing money.

    You shouldn’t read anything into that. Conventional wisdom is that as a network, the CW loses a LOT of money period, but the CW’s owners (CBS and Warner Bros) make up for the losses via their studios’ licensing/distribution deals on those shows.

  • CrimTV


    Amanda has said a lot worse, like that she’d like to stab Candice and bad things about Elissa and her kids. She is nasty

  • MichaelChickless

    Go Hannibal!! ;-) :-)

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