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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  • rgxx

    MasterChef rockin it…man I wish Krissy would be the next to leave- that woman needs to grow up!!!

    Looks like “Camp” will not be open for next summer…(Tilting my head back and laughing; Hahahahahah AAAhhhh hahahahahahahaha !!! )

  • F— Neighbors

    AGT’s demos look odd as the viewership was in line with Tuesday’s numbers.

    It saddens me to know that a ratings inept show like Neighbors was kept over Malibu Country. I don’t hope for failure when it comes to networks that often but I’m am so against Neighbors doing well on Fridays this fall.

  • John

    @F— Neighbors
    You know The Neighbors was higher rated than Malibu Country right?

  • F— Neighbors

    @ John
    Um no it wasn’t MC was getting 7 million viewers on a Friday night compared to Neighbors 5 million on a Wednesday with a bigger lead-in. I don’t like the show don’t try to change my mind.

  • To John & F— Neighbors

    MC did better viewership on a lower HUT-level night.
    Neighbors did (slightly) better in the demo than MC.
    MC had much better retention out of LMS than Neighbors did out of The Middle.

    ABC was foolish.

    The end.

  • Babar

    @ F— Neighbors
    You do know that it’s the demo that matter, not the total viewers. The Neighbors had a higher 18-49 demo and therefore it was renewed and Malibu Country wasn’t.

  • F— Neighbors

    @ To John & F— Neighbors


    @ Babar

    I don’t know who taught you that but you’re very naive if you don’t think total viewers matter of course the demo matters more but to say total viewers doesn’t matter is a real naive statement do your homework before you blurt out stupid crap like that.

    The real reason why Neighbors was renewed wasn’t due to that, showing once again how naive you are. It was renewed b/c Disney owns Neighbors and Fox owned MC. It’s real simple why would you keep the show that you don’t own so you make no money off of it overseas, on DVD, or in syndication?

  • JacobYates

    Thank you for educating the ignorant.

  • JacobYates

    @F— Neighbors
    Total viewers is irrelevant. Period. If total viewers mattered, then why isn’t Vegas coming back next season? It pulled in almost as many viewers as Elementary for new episodes on Tuesdays. Oh right, because the ratings were bad, at least by CBS standards.

    Answer this for me. If NCIS was still pulling in 20+ million viewers per episode, but it was getting ratings in the mid 1s, would it be renewed?

    Hint: The answer is no.

  • JacobYates

    @To John and F— Neighbors
    Your first point is invalid, as total viewership is irrelevant. Your second point is questionable, but it makes sense. Neighbors did have the better timeslot of the 2 but that does not change the fact that Neighbors still had better ratings. Your third point means nothing, as retention does not matter.

    You are foolish.

    The End.

  • mike


  • Melanie P.

    Wow! On Big Brother, what some of you have seen regarding Amanda (without edits) now makes me look at her a little differently! I noticed how she was trying to talk Judd into putting Howard up and she should watch it with whomever is the next HOH, because she could be going home if she don’t stop trying to control the HOH noms decision. I was so confused when Elissa was the third nom on the block considering she won MVP like two or three times in a row! Talk about a twist, but am glad she won the veto. I am hoping either she, Candace, Andy or Helen wins HOH this week. Spencer and Howard are starting to scare me also. They are quietly stirring the pot and make me uneasy when they talk about trying to get Helen and Elissa out. Hope Aaryn finally gets sent home tonight!

  • joel

    I’ll bet some people mindlessly voted Elissa thinking they were voting for her to be MVP again and not realizing they were putting her on the block.

    By the way, nailed the Big Brother ratings in the poll.

  • Mark3

    Camp is awsome! Bout time we have a original show thats not a cop show or medical drama. Plus i luv to camp for real!:)hope it will ger renewed fpr a second season. Its a summer type of show. Prob 10in episodes next summer.

  • Andrew

    Masterchef tied AGT in the demo with half the viewers. Nice! This is my favorite foodie competition.

  • Melanie P.

    @joel, you could be right. I wasn’t thinking about that and it makes sense now that you mentioned that point. Anyways, everyone in the house was speculating she may have put herself on the block, forgetting that America was choosing the third nominee to go on the block.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)


    If total viewers matter so much then why did NBC cancel the highly rated (in total viewers) Harry’s Law and why did ABC do the same to Body of Proof?

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