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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  • rob60990

    I have a feeling Suburgatory will end up on Fridays when The Neighbors fails miserable on Friday.

    Off topic but I didn’t see it mentioned. Mistresses is moving to 9 starting Monday, with Castle reruns airing at 10.

  • HV

    @chloe @Jordan
    LMS may do well on Wednesday, but it also does very well on Friday. It is a show that belongs on Friday and does very well on Friday.
    By the way, everyone, The Neighbors will FAIL on Friday! The Neighbors, I believe, attracts a very different audience than LMS. I think it will earn miserable ratings, much worse than Malibu Country last year. (On the other hand HTLWYP would have fit very well on Friday after LMS… OR paired with Suburgatory on Tuesdays or something. ABC made a huge mistake canceling that show)

  • Ram510

    Once Neighbors fails I can see ABC moving Last Man Standing to Wednesday, I feel like they are leaning towards that decision. I’m not sure if it’ll be Back in the Game or Super Fun Night that fails but one will out of the gate and will be replaced.

    As for Suburgatory, it could replace a failed Tuesday comedy or if Neighbor does somehow survive on Fridays it could e moved there (LMS can still replace a failed Wednesday show without Neighbors having to fail). I don’t believe Suburgatory is welcome back on Wednesdays sort of like what happened to Cougar Town, Happy Endings and Apt 23. Only thing is all three of those shows were actually better than Suburgatory.

  • HV

    I think that Back in the Game will fail and be replaced by Mixology in January. I think that Super Fun Night will last the whole season, but not be renewed.

    I agree, but I think that Suburgatory will first end up on Tuesday, replacing The Goldbergs after a quick cancelation. After the Olympics, I think that Trophy Wife and The Neighbors will both be gone, so Suburgatory will move to Friday to be paired with LMS, and new drama Mind Games will end up on Tuesday at 9:00, with The Black Box also at that time replacing Lucky 7 at 10:00.

  • chris

    @HV The Goldbergs, in my opinion, is ABC best new sitcom. No way will an 80’s Wonder Years fail. The trailer and commercials don’t do it any justice.

  • chloe

    I don’t understand LMS get good ratings on friday but the demo are always not good,can someone please explain this.

  • chris

    @Chloe the ratings and demo for LMS on Friday are always good considering the day it plays on. If LMS was on wednesday, I have no doubt it could match The Middle’s numbers like it did in its first season.

  • chloe

    @Chris I know abc doesn’t treat the show very well

  • HV

    I disagree. I think that The Goldbergs will be ABC’s worst new sitcom. It will fail first, then Back in the Game, then Trophy Wife, then Super Fun Night. I think that Mixology will be the only new ABC sitcom renewed.

  • charmedcraft

    Baseball again in Chicago, it looks like it affected SPN ratings.

  • Kissan


    I don’t think The Goldbergs or Trophy Wife will get canceled. Lucky 7 will get canceled and probably be replaced by Mind Games. I don’t know about Back In The Game but if it does get canceled it’ll be replaced by Mixology and Super Fun Night will probably last the whole season but get canceled but if it doesn’t then I think Trophy Wife will take its place and Suburgatory will go on Tuesdays but all I know is that Suburgatory is NOT going back on Wednesdays because it already got a lot of support being behind MF and TM and it should already have an audience. I also believe that The Neighbors will fail on Fridays and I also believe that ABC made a huge mistake canceling HTLWYP because that could’ve been a big hit.


    I agree with you ABC doesn’t treat LMS very well. But it’s the only ABC comedy that could do good on Fridays.

    I any of you Mistresses fans want to know, it’s moving to 9/8c starting Monday.

  • Kissan


    I disagree with you about Trophy Wife and Back In The Game being canceled. TV Line made a poll about which favorite new comedies do you want to see this fall and out of 14 comedies Trophy Wife was 4th best and Back In The Game was 7th best. Super Fun Night will be canceled but probably last the whole season and Goldbergs will probably be canceled as well but I disagree about Trophy Wife and Back In The Game being canceled.

  • chloe

    @Kissan I don’t understand why does shows on friday gets good ratings but the demo are okay

    @kissan Do you think abc chairman is looking at the repeats of LMS and how it is doing well

  • Kissan


    I actually don’t understand it either how LMS can get like seven million viewers on a Friday but only a 1.5. LOL


    Yes I do think the ABC chairman is looking at the repeat ratings of LMS and he’s probably thinking that it’s good, because it is but I don’t think he’s gonna move it to Wednesday after The Middle because there’s already a new show there in the fall and if that fails their’s also two more shows waiting. They need The Middle to be a lead in to new shows and plus LMS can do like a 0.6 in the demo for a repeat on a Friday so they don’t really need it on Wednesdays. But yes LMS is repeating very well especially outside of its day and time.

  • CS’ Revenge

    LMS is a very tricky situation right now and a lot of it depends on if ABC still believes in a Friday comedy block but what’s also mysterious is how ABC has placed LMS repeats behind The Middle on Wednesdays giving the hint that they may try it out if Back in the Game fails.

  • Liam

    LMS just started here in Ireland and ABC should have originally put it on after the Middle and before Modern Family. These three shows are a perfect fir for each other and will do great in the ratings.

  • Networkman

    ABC has 8 sitcoms on the primetime schedule in the Fall. The most challenging situation is finding the right timeslot to place each. Because I feel it should be somewhat compatible with the shows around it. I don’t like that there are two new comedies on Tuesday. I think ABC could of promoted The Neighbors following S.H.I.E.L.D. It could reach those viewers who are fans of Marvel Comic Books and Fantasy. Shows such as The Neighbors, 3rd Rock from the Sun and even Beverly Hillbillies have to be creatively well written in order to sustain. I think the move for The Neighbors would of challenged the writers having such a plum spot after the most anticipated show this season.

    This would be my schedule for the comedies

    Tuesday Target: Hip, Creative Young Adults
    9pm The Neighbors
    9:30pm Super Fun Night- Rebel Wilson most likely would do better with The Avengers crowd than with Modern Family.

    Wednesday Target: Family/Mature critically acclaimed Comedies
    8pm The Middle
    8:30pm The Goldbergs
    9pm Modern Family
    9:30pm Trophy Wife

    Friday Target: TGIF(Shows more promoted to the youth)
    8pm Last Man Standing
    8:30pm Back in the Game – I like James Caan being paired with Tim Allen.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    I know ABC will never do this, because The Middle is already a self starter, but imagine if they aired The Middle after Modern Family? I feel like it could be a lot bigger.

  • Networkman

    With Tim Allen and James Caan both being paired together on Friday, those comedies could also attract the older audiences that is at home on Friday looking for some laughter from traditional family sitcoms. So while both comedies may skew older than the other sitcoms throughout the rest of the week, they could attract a large audience.

  • Melanie P.

    BB is out of control. Amanda is controlling everyone in the house to vote the way she wants them to and they all act like a bunch of whimps like they are afraid to go against her. How stupid!! Can’t wait to see which evicted jury member will come back into the house. If so, they should make Amanda their target because she has gotten all of them out of the house previously. If they don’t get her out, she will win BB.

    Anyways, thanks for the update about Mistresses moving to 9pm on Monday.

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