TV Ratings Thursday: Pre-Season Football Lifts 'Wipeout', 'Motive' & 'Rookie Blue' to Artificial Highs, 'Big Brother' Down

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August 16th, 2013

Rookie Blue August 15

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.4/5 1.2/4 1.2/4 0.6/2 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.0/4 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.122 5.573 3.253 3.879 1.706 0.987

Note:  There were numerous local pre-emptions for NFL preseason football on ABC, CBS, and NBC.  CBS was pre-empted or delayed in approximately 5% 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  but today's preliminary numbers are likely to be inaccurate due to local NFL preseason pre-emptions.

On CBS, Big Brother earned a 2.3 down four percent from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. CBS was preempted in about 5 percent of the U.S. so this number is likely to be adjusted in the finals.

On ABC, Wipeout garnered an obviously inflated 1.6 up 78 percent from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Motive earned a clearly inaccurate 1.3 6 percent up from last week's series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. Rookie Blue scored a football enhanced 1.4 up 56 percent from last week's series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Take all of these ratings with a huge grain of salt!

On NBC, Hollywood Game Night notched an inflated 1.3 up 18 percent from the previous week's series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, August 15, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 1.8/7 7.31
ABC Wipeout 1.6/6 5.10
NBC America's Got Talent -R 1.0/4 4.06
FOX Glee - R 0.7/2 1.82
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.4/1 1.04
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.5/5 6.51
9:00 CBS Big Brother 2.3/7 6.87
ABC Motive 1.3/4 5.86
NBC Hollywood Game Night - R 1.2/4 3.67
FOX New Girl - R 0.6/2 1.53
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.3/1 0.93
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project - R 0.6/2 1.67
10:00 ABC Rookie Blue 1.4/4 5.76
NBC Hollywood Game Night 1.3/4 3.90
CBS Elementary - R 1.0/3 4.59


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 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.9/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.1/6.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.7/4 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/5.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.4/5 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.3/4 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" (0.2/2 with an encore).
  • 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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  • AllOfHerTwist

    Go football!

  • Mon

    I’m kind of rooting for Aryn on Big Brother now.

  • Jennifer

    Why would Hollywood Game night’s rating be viewed as “inflated”? Football was on another station entirely and ended over 2 hours before HGN began.

  • buttondiet

    Wipeout’s demo has been awful this summer, what are it’s chances of getting renewed?

  • Seth

    There is not 1 likeable person left on Big Brother.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    @Jennifer The football coverage was local. In your market, it wasn’t on NBC, but in other cities, the NBC affiliates were carrying games.

  • Billy

    Thursday ratings are completely meaningless the rest of the summer. Between shows being preempted in various parts of the country, and viewers watching multiple football games the ratings are going to be messed up for these shows.

  • PurpleDrazi

    Darn you Football…getting my Motive hopes up.

  • Phill

    Summer scheduling sucks!!

  • Igwell

    Thursday ratings are completely meaningless

    ‘cept FOX & CW reruns

  • Brian

    @Seth: that’s why they’re bringing someone likable back. lol

    Wow at ABC! ;)

    The last preseason Thursday on CBS is always killer. Usually everything falls about .7!

    Networks know this though… not the shows fault.

  • Mike

    I agree about not 1 likable person left on BB. Last night was even more boring than Wednesday night.

    Amanda is so lame….can’t win anything. McCrae had already thrown the game for her. And Aaryn was trying and the dummy still couldn’t win. And then got mad because they didn’t let her win.

    And then the group spend all night putting other guests down. Disgusting group of people.

    The show deserves to fall and to fall big.

  • ABC


  • omabin

    These ratings are totally useless before finals. I am rooting for Aaryn or Elissa on Big Brother, for different reasons, but those are the only ones I like in there now. Too bad they can’t wisen up and work with one another, they would make it to f2 and blindside the whole house, nobody would think they would work together. I hope Judd comes back this week!

  • Billy


    These ratings are useless even after the finals, as well. What is the sense in ratings if shows were preempted in large parts of the country ?

  • K


    ..Yet it will be on until Julie Chen says enough is enough. Les is not going to go against his wife.

  • Rich

    Why would ANYONE in thier right mind vote for that Aryan b*tch Aaryn?(see what i did there? Aryan/Aaryn? LOL!)

  • Mike


    If the ratings drop low enough they won’t be able to get the money to fund it. That is the only reason CBS didn’t do anything about the blatant racism that is still going on in that house. It hasn’t hit them in the pocket book. Who cares about racism when you’re making money. They’ll just continue to let it prosper and teach young people that it doesn’t matter if your racist or homophobic — it won’t cost you anything. That is the way you win in life. Most likely CBS is about to hand 500,000 dollars to a racist or homophobe or in some cases in that house with folks like Spencer and Aaryn — they are both.

    I can’t wait for Andy to come out of the house and find out he was ignoring the racism but little does he know that behind his back Spencer, Aaryn and Amanda have routinely called him fag or faggedy andy.

  • Joseph

    Once you take football-inflated ratings in some cities out of the equation, Univision probably finished second among broadcast networks in the 18-49 demographic last night (August 15th), and likely finished first in the 18-34 demo.

  • Mike

    Rich — so much focus has been put on Aaryn, but Amanda, Gina Marie, and Spencer have all said racist remarks multiples times. And throw McCrae into the bunch now after last night. And Judd wasn’t racist but the way he talked about women was repulsive. He definitely has no respect for them.

    As to whoever wanted Judd to come back — since he has been in sequester and doesn’t know what has gone on, I highly doubt anything will change when he comes back. He’ll want to work with the same ones he worked with before. Plus by the time he comes back who is he gonna work with that isn’t an equally despicable choice in that house.

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