TV Ratings Thursday: Pre-season Football Preemptions Lift 'Motive', 'Hollywood Game Night' & 'Big Brother'

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August 23rd, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.4/4 1.2/4 1.1/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.4/5 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.174 3.448 4.918 3.671 1.796 0.873

Note:  There were numerous local pre-emptions for NFL preseason football on ABC, CBS, The CW and NBC. CBS had pre-emptions in approximately 3% of the country and ABC’s Thursday lineup was pre-empted in approximately 2.7% of the country due to 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.

On CBS, Big Brother earned a 2.3, up  from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Wipeout garnered a 1.3, up from last week's 1.1  adults 18-49 rating. Motive earned a 1.1, up from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Rookie Blue scored a 1.1, up from last week's  1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Hollywood Game Night notched a 1.3, up  from the previous week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory -R 2.1 8 7.95
ABC Wipeout 1.3 5 4.47
NBC America's Got Talent -R 0.9 3 3.61
FOX Glee -R 0.7 2 1.93
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.3 1 0.93
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.0 6 7.41
9:00PM CBS Big Brother 2.3 7 6.83
ABC Motive 1.1 3 5.03
NBC Hollywood Game Night -R 1.0 3 3.45
FOX New Girl -R 0.7 2 1.68
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.3 1 0.82
9:30 PM FOX The Mindy Project -R 0.6 2 1.65
10:00 PM NBC Hollywood Game Night 1.3 4 3.95
ABC Rookie Blue 1.1 3 5.26
CBS Elementary -R 0.8 3 4.008


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday 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," 2.1/6; 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,” 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4 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 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 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" (0.4/2 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 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • mathew

    only thing i watch on thursday night was hollywood game night and degrassi

  • Ron

    Best Big Brother episode this season,All hail queen Elissa :)

  • Ultima

    Note: There were numerous local pre-emptions for NFL preseason football

    Although there were far fewer than in previous weeks – only one local game and simulcast coverage of the ESPN game. There will be even less tonight (only a late local game and the CBS national game).

  • omabin

    Yesterday’s Big Brother and subsequent feeds were nerve wracking, but Queen Elissa pulled through and may single handily save the house. I would hope for higher numbers – even though these are meaningless, in recent weeks they’ve only led to downwards adjustments, not upwards.

  • John A

    These are inflated ratings? They dont look that high.

  • Andy

    Big Brother was AMAZING last night. Hands down one of the best episodes of all time.

  • Ultima

    @John A
    These are inflated ratings? They dont look that high.

    There were only two games last night, so the impact is minimal. Tonight’s games will have virtually no impact on the ratings.

  • Anon

    Summer Thursday nights are my DVR nights (PBS and oldies from MeTV). Can’t wait for the fall season to start and sweep aside the reality stuff.

  • Tony

    Under the Dome reigns supreme :D

  • Azzman

    Yaayyy Motive! Wait, what? Oh…

  • ReallyTired

    ‘Impractical Jokers’ on Tru TV last night!!!

  • Samunto

    Watched ‘Game Night’ for the very first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a fun loud show. No suprise that it got renewed.

  • BigBrotherFan

    LOL atleast ROOKIE BLUE is doing better than that RATINGS LOSER Hannibal!

  • PurpleDrazi

    Can’t wait for the fall season to start and sweep aside the reality stuff.

    Sadly, there will be plenty of reality stuff in the Fall as well. Fortunately for us there will also be lots of new scripted shows to distract us.

    As for Motive, I’m just going to keep believing that it went up and ignore the real ratings when they come out.

    (plugs ears)
    I’m not listening, I’m not listening…nah,nah,nah….

  • Igwell

    Can’t wait for the fall season to start and sweep aside the reality stuff.

    I, too, cannot wait to see 7 new episodes of my favorite scripted shows sprinkled in the last 16 weeks of the year.

  • Greg

    I watched Hollywood Game Night yesterday just to see what it was like. I liked the idea of it, but the games should be more challenging. A memory game? Kinda lame.

  • It’s Me

    Why don’t they ever show the ratings for UNI?

  • TimsDale4ever

    HGNB is simply outstanding fun — I don’t know why more people have not discovered it. Maybe Jane is a turn off. Oddly to me, I didn’t care for her before this show, but now I think she’s a total riot!

  • Colin

    It’s so stupid that they air episodes during football on broadcast. I’m tired of waiting till Tuesday to watch Hollywood Game Night. That’s why they have sport networks to air sports…

  • Ultima

    It’s so stupid that they air episodes during football on broadcast.

    No, there’s preseason football 4-5 nights a week, do you think they should just not air anything on August? What about during the regular season when local markets are regularly preempted on Monday and Thursday for simulcasts of cable games?

    That’s why they have sport networks to air sports…

    I could swear there is a Game Show Network as well. How would you feel if it was your programming that was exclusively on cable?

    The goal for broadcasters (both the national networks and local affiliates) is to reach a wide audience. Stop expecting them to ignore genres of programming and cater to your specific needs. They are not cable networks! :roll:

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