TV Ratings Thursday: 'Wipeout' Rises, 'Big Brother' & 'Motive' Flat + 'Hollywood Game Night' & 'Rookie Blue' Hit Lows

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August 2nd, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.2/4 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.2/5 1.1/4 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.267 3.198 4.662 4.039 1.626 0.871


CBS was number 1 in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.

On CBS, Big Brother matched last week's season high 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, The Winner Is... matched last week's series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Hollywood Game Night notched a series low 1.2, down a tenth from the previous week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Wipeout earned a 1.2, up from last week's series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Motive matched last week's series low 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Rookie Blue earned a season low 1.0, down a tenth from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, The 2013 Young Hollywood Awards earned a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, August 1 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.1 8 7.84
ABC Wipeout 1.2 4 4.43
NBC America's Got Talent -R 0.9 3 3.83
FOX Glee -R 0.5 2 1.57
CW 2013 Young Hollywood Awards (8-10PM) 0.3 1 0.87
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 1.7 6 6.54
9:00PM CBS Big Brother 2.5 8 7.04
NBC The Winner Is.. 0.9 3 4.15
ABC Motive 0.8 3 4.48
FOX New Girl -R 0.7 2 1.82
9:30 PM FOX The Mindy Project -R 0.6 2 1.55
10:00 PM NBC Hollywood Game Night 1.2 4 4.14
ABC Rookie Blue 1.0 3 5.08
CBS Elementary -R 0.9 3 4.57


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night: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," 2.7/7; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3; "Late Show," 0.7/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

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" (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.2/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 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 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.



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  • Jacobo

    There is nothing to watch on Thursdays. Everything is dismal this season.

  • joethehobo


    Well aren’t you just a breath of fresh air.

  • SpenB

    Why does everything that airs after Big Brother pull mediocre ratings, or at least nothing better than normal for the show. I believe Elementary, Person of Interest, Criminal Minds, and The Good Wife have all pulled less than a 1.0 with a 2.0+ lead-in.

  • rob60990

    Young Hollywood Awards? Never heard of this awards show.

    @SpenB, because Big Brother is very young skewing while all those shows skew old.

  • bluejoni

    @SpenB because they’re repeats. I for one NEVER watch repeats I can’t stand them even if it’s a show I love !

  • Survivor Fan

    @ SpenB

    Big Brother is more young-skewing than it appears. It has a good-sized audience that is high-school aged. I am 17 and recieved a brochure from a college that talked about a Big Brother contestant who went there.

    Also, reality competitions and crime dramas are not very compatible.

  • Survivor Fan


  • Mon

    ABC should consider picking up Motive for season 2. It’s low but it’s also stable so maybe a 10pm slot would be better for it. The first two episodes rated good but the breaks it took might have caused the lost interest.

  • CS’ Revenge

    Predicted it last week that BB was on its way to over 7 million viewers and as a bonus a 2.5 in the demo and that’s exactly what happened. All I can say is I’m ready to see a fight in that house this week.

    NBC had their best Thursday on a summer evening outside of the Olympics in years. I’m so glad Greenblatt decided to ditch the low-rated comedy repeats for The Winner Is and Hollywood Game Night. which both did very well thanks to a change at 8pm of placing an AGT repeat there.

    Rookie Blue continues to be the consistent and most reliable player on ABC’s summer schedule, very consistent and Motive is consistent also but the problem is its under a 1 in the demo.

    I have no idea why FOX is repeating New Girl and Mindy so much this summer when both shows can’t even crack 3 million viewers in repeat mode.

  • JR35

    I enjoy Hollywood Game Night- course, it depoends on who’s on. Last night’s guests appealed to me more than last week (which I didn’t watch). The week prior, I liked the lineup, too. It reminds me of the Win, Lose or Draw days.

  • CS’ Revenge

    @ Mon

    “ABC should consider picking up Motive for season 2. It’s low but it’s also stable so maybe a 10pm slot would be better for it. The first two episodes rated good but the breaks it took might have caused the lost interest.”

    I agree I think ABC should go on ahead and pick it up and push it to 10pm. By it being a Canadian show anyways I’m pretty sure renewing it won’t be too expensive plus I think the combo of RB and Motive is helping both shows stay consistent this season. ABC should either move RB up to 9pm next season or have Motive air at 10pm on a different night of the week.

  • Kaaboom

    Big Brother matched it’s high, how is that flat, i thought flat was a bad thing.

  • Peter

    Wipeout rises? 1.2 is rising?……….yes sure……

  • Melanie P.

    Good for Big Brother. Really didn’t want Howard to go, but he was kinda sneaky and could be dangerous. I got the feeling now that Spencer will be coming after everyone now since his argument with Candice let out that he was lying to everyone in the house. The suspense is killing me to see who won HOH because when they went off the air, it was an endurance competition still in progress. I will stay away from the spoiler sites and just wait until Sunday, lol. Still enjoying Rookie Blue, although the ratings aren’t great, but it has been renewed for next season.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Kaaboom

    Flat, at least here, means the same rating as last week. BB had a 2.5 last week (though a 2.4 in preliminaries).

  • AllOfHerTwist

    From the limited amounts I’ve watched, I just don’t find TBBT all that funny, but it’s certainly a ratings powerhouse.

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