TV Ratings Friday: Pre Season Football Leads CBS to Easy Win + 'Perfect Score' Up & 'America's Next Top Model' Slides

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August 24th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/7 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 6.65 4.71 3.44 2.28 1.06


NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for CBS (Football) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. In addition, there were multiple local market pre-emptions for football on ABC, CBS, NBC and the CW which also likely inflated the ratings. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.


CBS was number one in adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS , NFL Preseason Football scored a preliminary 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, 20/20 matched last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Dateline earned a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, Perfect Score earned a 0.3, up a tenth from last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating.   America's Next Top Model earned a 0.3, down two tenths  from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, August 23, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00 PM CBS NFL Preseason Football (8-11PM) 2.0 7 6.65
FOX Bones -R 0.7 3 3.10
NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers -R 0.7 3 2.97
ABC Last Man Standing -R 0.6 3 3.43
CW Perfect Score 0.3 1 0.91
8:30 PM NBC Betty White's Off Their Rockers -R 0.7 3 3.09
ABC The Neighbors -R 0.5 2 2.44
CW Perfect Score -R 0.2 1 0.94
9:00 PM NBC Dateline NBC (9-11PM) 1.0 4 5.55
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.0 3 3.55
FOX The Following -R 0.4 1 1.45
CW America's Next Top Model 0.3 1 1.20
10:00 PM ABC 20/20 0.9 3 3.84


In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.2/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5 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," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.6/3 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" (1.3/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat 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 0.8/3 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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NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.  More information on ratings is available here.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.


    Why wouldn’t NBC air Grimm instead of the now cancelled Betty White show…. Bones looks like it was have good numbers once it returns with new eps based off its repeat numbers

  • chloe

    Last man standing viewers is going to gradually increase this fall with new viewers and duck dynasty episode.

  • John A

    Terrible for Top Model.

  • rob60990

    Good the Shark Tank repeat went up 3 tenths.

  • Brandy

    Ouch @Top Model!Hope it gets adjusted up and/or rebounds next week.At least it beast Perfect Score repeat and original in total viewers and tied Prefect Score Orignal in demo.

  • Cookie

    Can someone explain why they don’t just cancel ANTM?

  • tv#1

    Top Model was preempted in my area for baseball, and I think it was in a few other places too. So that could explain the ratings drop because generally it is good for about a .6.

  • CS’ Revenge

    Really good preseason numbers for CBS as this will be the second-highest rated national game of the preseason so far and with the Seattle Seahawks starting to really gain themselves as a national draw behind Quarterback Russell Wilson.

    Top Model’s numbers so far this summer have been disappointing, I think The CW should’ve aired this show on a different night or moved it to cable. I think The CW should really think about going after Smackdown and plugging up this hole on Fridays.

    LMS once again had another good performance while Neighbors failed again behind it. With LMS doing well these past couple of weeks in repeat mode, ABC is in a good position with the show right now either keeping it on Fridays as an anchor or sandwiching in between The Middle and Modern Family, both shows could use a boost in the ratings after a down year.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Last week Last Man Standing had a .7 and the Neighbors a .4
    This week Last Man Standing had a .6 and the Neighbors a .5
    Same hourly average, but the Neighbors went up and Last Man Standing went down. The Neighbors did not “fail” behind it this week.

  • ray

    The CW should close up shop.

  • ray


  • rob60990

    LMS got a .6 last week too.

  • CS’ Revenge

    Neighbors bled from 3.43 million to 2.44 million that is failing. It will look much worse once the season starts and LMS viewership and demo levels grow.

  • John A

    ANTM should have aired monday or Tuesday night. Makes no sense to have it friday night whe u have Breaking Pointe and Capure both doing badly.

  • Nick

    LMS got a HUGE booking with the Duck Dynasty guys. The ratings for its premiere should be huge as well. I can’t believe ABC is wasting it on a Friday when they could be “previewing” it on Wednesday.

  • Dan

    I wouldn’t look to much into repeat numbers even for comedies, thats just what they are reruns. September 20 is when we’ll see how these shows do.

  • 728huey

    While I still expect CBS to lead the night with preseason football after the final numbers are in, my local CBS affiliate shipped the broadcast off to one of their second tier digital channels that normally airs reruns of classic 60s and 70s TV shows because they were airing the Chicago Bears/Oakland Raiders game which began locally at 9:00 pm. The ratings for preseason football should be up a bit this week since these games are considered dress rehearsals for the regular season and the players expected to start the season play at least one half and usually well into the third quarter. Based on what the starters did last night, Chicago Bears fans should be really excited for this season.

    Now next week should be a joke, as most teams don’t even bother to put their starters in for the final preseason game. :-X

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