TV Ratings Wednesday: Steady 'MasterChef' Wins Night as 'Big Brother' Falls & 'America's Got Talent' Hits Low

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August 15th, 2013

MasterChef August 14

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.0/4 0.9/3 1.1/4 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.051 6.277 5.565 3.134 3.308 1.172

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

On FOX, MasterChef matched last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, America’s Got Talent earned a season low 2.1 down 16 percent from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating.  Camp garnered tied its series low with a 1.0 down 9 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Big Brother notched a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 9 percent from last week’s 2.2.

On ABC, The Lookout earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 14, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother 2.0/7 5.99
NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.3/5 5.79
FOX MasterChef - R 1.0/4 2.74
ABC The Middle - R 0.9/3 3.68
CW Arrow - R 0.4/1 1.31
8:30 ABC Last Man Standing - R 0.8/3 3.25
9:00 FOX MasterChef 2.2/6 5.37
NBC America's Got Talent 2.1/6 9.28
CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.1/3 4.60
ABC Modern Family - R 1.0/3 3.39
CW Supernatural - R 0.3/1 1.03
9:30 ABC The Neighbors - R 0.8/2 2.54
10:00 CBS CSI - R 1.1/3 6.11
NBC Camp 1.0/3 3.76
ABC The Lookout 0.9/3 3.50


In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.1/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.3/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.8/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.4/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/4 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.3/2 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.




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  • alim

    omg bb last night the most bored episode everr.

  • Seth

    What a disaster of a season this has become for Big Brother

  • John A

    Camp probably adjust down to a 0.9 later.

  • Sam

    I actually thought last night was one of the best episodes for Big Brother this season. I guess people only care if there’s racist remarks happening 24/7.

  • DenverDean

    A 1.5 for CSI (R)? That can’t be right. It’s been around 1.1 or 1.2 all summer. And with Duck Dynasty premiering last night….

  • BigBrotherFan

    NO Big Brother is getting boring week after week it’s Jessie and Spencer two of the weakest likely less interesting people in the house used as scapegoats. It’s getting boring. I have the show Jessies Monday night though

  • CBSviewer

    CSI is a beast :)


    A 1.5 for CSI (R)? That can’t be right

    Why ? Everything else was so low and people really like CSI. I expect a 2.5-2.6 for its season Premiere !

  • Billy

    CSI got a 1.1, not a 1.5.

  • AllOfHerTwist

    Go LMS!

    CSI wow!

  • John A

    Berman has CSI as a 1.1.

  • chloe

    Who else thinks abc president paul lee will quickly change his mind and put LMS on wednesday after the middle this fall.

  • redbirds

    I was a big brother fan but I refuse to watch because of that racist idiot girl.

  • One

    More like MasterChaff if you ask me. Get it?

    Bored bored bored bored boring summer shows.

  • Mike

    When BB constantly ignores the racism in the house and players continue to make safe choices over and over and over again — BB just gets worse week after week. This is the worse set of house guests ever — both in game play and just how disgusting they are.

  • Michael

    Players continue to make safe choices weekly! Just getting boring and repetitive. I wish someone in the Big Brother house would actually make a powerful move already.

  • cc

    The Middle has the most viewers for abc for the night. Maybe the finals will add to the demo too, which is already real close to MF.

    Yay for Master Chef. My favorite Gordon Ramsey show.

  • Joseph A

    Big Brother will just be down .1 after it gets an adjustment, that is still pretty amazing given that it is currently dark on TWC.

  • Edward Mooney

    Worst season of AGT. What up with Heidi saying they need kid friendly acts. Who wants to go see a show in Vegas with children! Where’s America’s talent!

  • Ultima

    Who else thinks abc president paul lee will quickly change his mind and put LMS on wednesday after the middle this fall.

    Suburgatory is much more likely to end up in that timeslot than Last Man Standing.

  • AllOfHerTwist

    Where’s America’s talent!

    On American Idol and The Voice?

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