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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  • ENTPgal

    The only one I’ve left to root for on BB is Spencer, as he seems to have retained some of his true self and his morals. The rest are pretty much tools.
    Might root for McCrae if he’d ditch Amanda — could someone get that $!¥¢# out already?! Just watching her gives me a headache.

    Rookie Blue was good. Andy+Nick<333 — been hoping for that since last season. It was as adorable as I thought it'd be! ^_^

  • grey

    Wouldn’t it be funny if none of these numbers turn out to be “inflated.”

  • ENTPgal

    @Mike, what’s this about Amanda, Spencer, and Gina Marie spouting bigotry now too?

    What’s wrong with this cast?

    Maybe I’ll quit will I’m ahead. I already thought these people suck…… jeez.

  • Andies

    You know Big Brother is bad when the racist people are basically making it to them end.. Aaryn, GM, Spencer and Amanda.. I gave up…

  • grey

    @ Seth, et al

    “There is not 1 likeable person left on Big Brother.”

    That was true day one of season 1 and has continued non-stop to the present. Yet, audiences in great numbers continue to watch that crap. Note: crap = mo.

  • Mike


    Look up the Amanda video on You Tube that someone made. It details all the racist and mean things she said up to last week.

    Just the other night she was calling Candace the black orphan and other things as well.

    Spencer was making racist jokes toward Helen last night. And he is always making homophobic remarks about Andy. And then there was that remark about child pornography that even got the cops to investigate him. It was really repulsive — just a joke but repulsive.

    All of them but Helen and Elissa (who I don’t really care for) had a pow wow in the HOH room last night and it was all racist and mean remarks toward Helen, Elissa and the house guest they had voted out — the ones they hated anyway. It was so disgusting at times I had to tune out — what time Big Brother was putting up fish to hide some of what they were saying.

    Really repulsive group of people. The ratings deserve to be lower. I think some of the initial highs were people hoping one of them was finally going to be confronted by Julie Chen. Now there is no hope of that until the very end since they started jury.

  • Melanie P.

    Big Brother has kinda left me speechless at this point. Aaryn just won’t go away and she and Gina Marie had it out big time and Jessie blew up everyone’s game plans. Don’t know who is really siding with who anymore since it seems to change almost daily now.

  • Ultima

    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 ?

    Because the shows were not preempted in large parts of the country…

    There were only four preseason games on last night, with coverage split amongst the four major networks as well as smaller broadcasters. For any particular network, the drop in coverage is very limited compared to a normal week.

  • Melanie P.

    @Mike, last night when Jessie outed Helen’s plan to get Amanda out, I was thinking that if Helen doesn’t win HOH she is in big trouble and sadly I may be right. I wish Elissa would really step it up because she just seems to be there and not really playing all that hard. At times I almost forget she is still in the house. It really sucks when those who act the worse with their comments, keep winning HOH and POV. Amanda aligns herself with whomever is in power that week and tells them who to nominate.

  • Melanie P.

    I wanted to add that Amanda has turned into a big bully and I think it is time for her to go.

  • Ultima

    That is the only reason CBS didn’t do anything about the blatant racism that is still going on in that house.

    I don’t watch the show, but I really don’t understand why it’s such a big deal that someone in the house is racist. Surely the show’s participants aren’t limited to only moral, upstanding people, right? I’m sure they have had their fair share of jerks, cheaters, liars, etc. How is that different from someone being a racist?

  • shawn

    i can’t with big brother anymore, the racists are still in the house and keep on winning.

    BUT, i’ll be back for finale night when Aryan and Gina Marie get confronted by julie on live tv, probably with clips. Hopefully they breakdown, and hopefully all media interviewing them after makes them breakdown

  • AllOfHerTwist

    Who cares about racism when you’re making money.

    Sounds like something Mel Gibson would say!

  • networkman

    @Mike, I totally agree. Many of the houseguests have no game play whatsoever. Why would Andy want to get rid of Jessie. There was no reason for him to do so because she wasn’t coming after him. Keep her so she could deal with Amanda. Spencer even publicly stated Andy is making wrong choices at the veto ceremony. Andy stated how he is not able to fully trust Spencer because he did not throw the veto competition. Why not get rid of him for going against the plan?

    Anyways, I’m rooting for Helen. She wanted to work with Jessie but was trying to find the right time to get rid of Amanda. Hopefully Aaryn will make a big play. Who keeps a couple together for this long into the game? McCray and Amanda has to be split up. Helen, Elissa, Aaryn and GineMarie should all work together.

  • networkman

    I really wish Elissa would step up her game play as well to help Helen. She just lays around. I don’t see her able to negoiate with anyone and she is not winning any challenges.

  • Billy


    Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta are very large markets. If you take those markets out the ratings for these shows, and any show will suffer.

  • Ultima

    Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta are very large markets. If you take those markets out the ratings for these shows, and any show will suffer.

    I didn’t say there was no effect, only that it was very limited. Also, in each of those markets, only one network is preempted. And despite those being large markets, they still do not make up a large portion of the country.

    Last week, there were twice as many games and Wipeout was the only original program to drop more than a tenth of a ratings point. The preemptions aren’t a big deal; it’s just like during the fall when Monday and Thursday ratings get inflated in the preliminaries and adjusted in the finals.

    People just need to be aware that the preliminaries are worthless, but it’s silly to think that the finals are meaningless as well. There’s always going to be something that’s causing a show’s ratings to be down… that’s why we play Fan Excuse Bingo! ;)

  • Skylar James

    I’m surprise CBS/BB let the racism/homophobic continue! The last time a bunch of contestants were so blatently racist in the BB UK, it made international news and those people were publically slammed

  • Mike


    If it is okay to you for them to be in there then what is the big deal about Paula Deen and any other in whatever they are in.

    Paula Deen was on a TV show making money not unlike these in the Big Brother house. America cried out and Paula Deen was fired.

    For me it is the example of condoning the behavior. And a little disclaimer before the show starts doesn’t take away that fact.

    It is sending the message that this is okay and this is the way you should be with no consequences.

    Why do people think bullying is so prevalent in our society today. They see it all the time on these reality shows. It is usually the bully who runs over everyone. And young people think that is who gets ahead in our society today so they emulate it.

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