TV Ratings Thursday:'Hollywood Game Night', 'Rookie Blue', 'The Winner Is' & 'Motive' Rise, 'Big Brother' Steady, 'Wipeout' Down

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August 9th, 2013

Rookie Blue August 8

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.9/6 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.1/4 0.8/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.0/4 1.2/5 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.637 4.951 3.237 4.695 2.340 0.763

Note:  There were numerous local pre-emotions for NFL preseason football on ABC, CBS,, NBC amd FOX.  CBS was pre-empted in approximately 15% of the country due to local Broadcasts of NFL pre-season football.  Ratings are tentative, likely inflated,  and subject to greater change than usual.

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, but it, like every other show last night, was preempted in multiple markets due to pre-season football and is likely to be adjusted in the final ratings.

On NBC, the finale of The Winner Is... scored a 1.4 up 40 percent from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Hollywood Game Night notched a Thursday high 1.5 up 25 percent from the previous week's series low 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Wipeout garnered a 1.1 down 8 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating. Motive earned a 1.0 up 25 percent from last week's series low 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Rookie Blue earned a 1.2 up 20 percent from last week's series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, August 8, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 2.2/8 8.45
ABC Wipeout 1.1/4 4.17
NBC America's Got Talent -R 0.9/4 4.96
FOX Glee - R 0.8/3 2.52
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.72
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 2.0/7 7.16
9:00 CBS Big Brother 2.5/8 7.08
NBC The Winner Is… Season Finale 1.4/4 5.19
ABC Motive 1.0/3 4.78
FOX New Girl - R 0.8/2 2.20
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.3/1 0.80
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project - R 0.8/2 2.13
10:00 NBC Hollywood Game Night 1.5/5 4.71
ABC Rookie Blue 1.2/4 5.14
CBS Elementary - R 1.1/3 5.03


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 3.1/8; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.0/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3.
  • 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" (1.6/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.7/3, delayed by golf coverage).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1, delayed by golf coverage).
  • 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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  • cc

    Always nice to see TBBT on top, no matter, along with TAAHM.

    Football on ABC here.

  • James C.

    The Winner Is really pulled a rabbit out of a hat there after so many dead weeks. Helped HGN, too.

  • Andrew

    Fox drops off like a rock without Gordon Ramsey.

    I have no idea what Hollywood Game night is like, but it gets decent numbers for NBC. I’m assuming its not scripted.

  • Dennis

    Winner Is….. was already cancelled.
    Hollywood Game Night will adjust down 2 or 3 tenths I predict, but I can see it gettig renewed and put after AGT next summer.

  • rob60990

    No legitimate source has reported The Winner Is cancelled.

  • StevenD

    I think it would be interesting to see HGN air next year Tuesday at 8, as that is where it repeats this year pretty well.

    Even if The Winner Is… isn’t adjusted down, I think it might be a little to late to make a difference

  • TimsDale4ever

    Still like HGN but I’ve noticed the “celebrities” are getting less so.

  • Ryann

    Really happy for Hollywood Game Night, such a fun show to watch, once just got the chance to watch the first episode and hope it’ll stick around. Enjoyable TV
    Since Glee has been repeating, New Girl and Mindy are a few tenths higher, very interesting, maybe people don’t want two hours straight of comedy programming.

  • pooty

    PHIL- you do know how long Big Brother has been on the air, right? In recent years, it has not produced astounding numbers but it doesn’t good enough and like someone else said is cheap to produce.

    MOTIVE is a good show…too bad it comes on the same time as Big Brother. I like it and I don’t like to many scripted tv shows.

  • Matt

    Wow… Great for Game Night. It is truly a quality game show. Very casual and normal, with no overwhelming lights and drama. It also consistently defeats Rookie blue in the demo every week.

    Motive should be renenewed. If it keeps getting close to (if not above) 5 million viewers and above a 1.0, then it’s safe. Good for a summer show.

  • psychic

    Wipeout and Motive combined barely did better than a repeat of The Big Bang Theory.

  • The Booper

    In the picture at the top of this page, two women are smooching as one holds a bottle. I can’t figure out what show this comes from?

  • jackson

    THE WINNER IS was amazing – the most dramatic and talent-packed singing competition on TV. The two finalists were BY FAR more talented than any of the past five years’ finalists on American Idol, The Voice or X Factor. Too bad NBC buried it and is clueless about how to promote a great twist on the singing competition genre. NBC execs really are idiots.

  • rob60990

    “In the picture at the top of this page, two women are smooching as one holds a bottle. I can’t figure out what show this comes from?”

    Rookie Blue

    “If it keeps getting close to (if not above) 5 million viewers and above a 1.0, then it’s safe.”

    Motive hasn’t been above a 1.0 since its 2nd episode.

  • joel

    HGN is very good.

    BB is so boring – bunch of spineless pawns who can’t think for themselves. There’s only one likable person left in the house (Jesse) and one semi-likable person (McCrae, but he sold his soul to the devil). Come to think of it Elissa has scored a few points with me lately but otherwise the rest of them are pure evil.

  • Melanie P.

    Wow, Big Brother was full of surprises last night! Double eviction, one I saw coming and the other one not so much.

  • CS’ Revenge

    It’s that time of year where almost every Thursday in August is pre-empted by NFL coverage on the main networks so no comment today on the ratings.

    I am going to talk about the worst season of BB ever as this season has been beyond distasteful. Most of these young immature brats aren’t even playing the game.

    I love the way Candice went out last night with a bang telling that ugly Oompa Loompa Ginaretard off.

    I really don’t care who wins but if I had to choose it would be Spencer, Elissa, or Jessie. Everybody else can go f— themselves. If Amanda left I might root for Pizza Boy McCrae.


  • Douglas from Brazil

    These high numbers are nothing, everything will be down in the finals ratings.

  • wraith808

    I really hope NBC renews The Winner Is. It’s all about the singers, and not judges. It’s definitely easier to watch because of that, and is what a singing show should be IMO. I just hope that if they do bring it back, they don’t ‘Sing Off’ it and try to make it last longer. The 6 weeks was a good run.

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