TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Big Brother' & 'MasterChef' Rise, 'Camp' & 'America's Got Talent' Flat + 'The Lookout' Hits Low

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August 22nd, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.4/4 0.8/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.1/4 0.9/3 1.2/4 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.181 6.150 5.470 3.483 3.117 1.095

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

On FOX, MasterChef notched a 2.3, up a tenth from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, America’s Got Talent matched last week's season low 2.1  adults 18-49 rating.  Camp also matched last week's series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, Big Brother notched a 2.2, up from last week's  2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Lookout earned a series low 0.7, down three tenths from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 21, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Big Brother 2.2 7 6.31
NBC America's got Talent -R 1.3 4 5.84
FOX Masterchef  -R 1.1 4 2.90
ABC The Middle -R 0.8 3 3.61
CW Arrow -R 0.4 1 1.30
8:30PM ABC Last Man Standing -R 0.8 3 3.57
9:00PM FOX Masterchef 2.3 7 5.46
NBC America's got Talent 2.1 6 9.18
ABC Modern Family -R 1.0 3 3.34
CBS Criminal Minds -R 0.9 3 4.41
CW Supernatural -R 0.2 1 0.89
9:30PM ABC The Neighbors -R 0.7 2 2.38
10:00PM CBS CSI -R 1.1 3 5.68
NBC Camp 0.9 3 3.44
ABC The Lookout 0.7 2 2.90


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," 2.4/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.7/5 with an encore.

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," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3 with an encore.

From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 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" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) tied CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 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 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • hanp

    AGT is skewing older compare with Masterchefa and BB.

  • omabin

    Glad to see BB up. LMS is repeating really well for ABC.

  • Nathan

    LMS and The Neighbors repeated well…

  • Dennis

    Under the Dome still top, beating AGT, Masterchef, BB :D

  • Kaaboom

    BB has been very consistent this year, after a low start. :D

  • chloe

    Why can’t just abc air LMS after the middle this fall.

  • CBSviewer

    Only 0.2 for Supernatural ?

  • CS’ Revenge

    Got Talent has had a really interesting trend this season where the results show has been out rating the live performance shows on Tuesdays. It was usually the opposite in the past few seasons. For those who have been watching the result shows have been super interesting this year as we’ve had a lot of nail-biters and last night’s twist of Heidi and Mel B. using their wild cards really changed the game up.

    Camp might not be coming back but who knows really? I’m actually it hasn’t caught on more with the younger viewers watching AGT or maybe the timeslot is really bad for it.

    CSI has been one of CBS’ best repeaters very quietly this summer.

    Speaking of repeats Last Man Standing has fit in very well with The Middle and Modern Family as its even getting more viewers than Modern Family which I believe will be the first time something in that timeslot outside of The Middle has actually grabbed more viewers than MF when in repeat mode. That has me worried about MF on USA which might be a disaster this coming year.

    It’s got me thinking with Neighbors failing already on Fridays and will likely fail this fall why ABC just won’t move LMS there if Back in the Game fails in mid-season. I lost all hope on the Friday comedy block after MC got canned. Will be interesting if this move ever does happen.

    I think multi-cams and single-cams can co-exist when their family comedies I’m expecting to see this with Sean Saves the World and Michael J. Fox for NBC this fall.

  • TVDude

    AGT is still a very strong show for NBC. Only The Voice (and football, if you want to count it), which airs in the actual traditional television season consistently does better for the network on its own.

    I mean nothing new comes close. HGN just got renewed and it is significantly lower rated than AGT (albeit, much cheaper, I’m sure). The point is AGT is still NBC’s best summer show by a long shot and still looks good for the network.

  • Jordan

    @chloe, My thoughts exactly. LMS fits like a glove after The Middle…

    If The Neighbours tanks on Fridays, which I’m assuming it will, I hope ABC will bring LMS over to Wednesdays.

  • steven

    I hope camp doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.

  • chloe

    @Jordan I have a funny feeling when back in the game fail abc will put suburgatory in that timeslot instead of LMS.

  • Unicorn

    LMS repeats crazy good for ABC. :)

  • chloe

    I’m just wondering will LMS do good at trophy wife timeslot.

  • CS’ Revenge

    Jordan is actually making sense, the reason why LMS would move to that slot if Neighbors tanks is that ABC might decide to abandon their Friday comedy plans and move LMS where its showing strength in repeats at 8:30p.

    Things can always change on the fly, Suburgatory doesn’t necessarily own that timeslot they could move LMS or Suburgatory to Trophy Wife’s spot as well on Tuesdays.

  • catsrule

    Everyone is writing off Back in the Game before it even premieres. I’m looking forward to it, as a fan of The Middle BITG looks a lot better than the dreck that’s aired after it the last few years.

  • catsrule

    Bryan: The post after The Middle belongs to Suburgatory.

    No it doesn’t. Suburgatory is a lousy show, The Middle deserves a better companion.

  • Kissan

    I wonder why AGT is so low this season,even Masterchef is beating it in the demo. LMS repeats really well after The Middle, and people say multi cams can’t work behind single cams. But I don’t think ABC is gonna move LMS to Wednesdays because it already has an audience on Fridays and plus ABC wants to use The Middle and MF wisely for new shows while they still have good ratings. Plus if Back In The Game fails, ABC still has a new show called Mixology and Suburgatory waiting and also they probably don’t wanna put LMS there because it’s about to start season 3 so…I think LMS will stay on Fridays ABC just has to find a right companion for it because obviously The Neighbors isn’t gonna work. What I would love to see is Trophy Wife in the post MF slot and not Super Fun Night.

  • chris

    Well, I don’t know about Back in The Game but I’m confident Super Fun Night will tank.

  • Joseph A

    Those are great numbers for Big Brother , even more so because TWC is dark ,

    also , tried to watch The Lookout , but found it unwatchable and had to change the channel

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