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

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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