TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Big Brother' Down, 'MasterChef' & 'Camp' Stable + 'The Lookout' & 'America's Got Talent' Up

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August 29th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/7 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.3/4 0.8/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.9/7 1.1/4 1.0/4 0.9/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.820 6.402 3.340 5.540 3.238 0.976

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

On FOX,  MasterChef notched a 2.0 at 8PM (down two tenths from its last 8PM airing on July 10)  and a 2.4 at 9PM, matching last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, America’s Got Talent earned a 2.2, up a tenth from last week's season low 2.1  adults 18-49 rating.  Camp matched last week's series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

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

On ABC, The Lookout earned a 0.8, up a tenth from last week's series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, August 28, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM FOX Masterchef 2.0 7 5.34
CBS Big Brother 2.0 7 6.26
NBC America's got Talent -R 1.3 5 5.99
ABC The Middle -R 0.8 3 3.52
CW Arrow -R 0.3 1 1.13
8:30PM ABC The Middle -R 0.8 3 3.43
9:00PM FOX MasterChef 2.4 7 6.30
NBC America's got Talent 2.2 6 9.69
ABC Modern Family -R 1.0 3 3.37
CBS Criminal Minds -R 0.9 3 4.72
CW Supernatural -R 0.2 1 0.82
9:30PM ABC The Neighbors -R 0.7 2 2.42
10:00PM CBS CSI -R 1.1 3 5.63
NBC Camp 0.9 3 3.53
ABC The Lookout 0.8 2 3.34

In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.4/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; 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; "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 0.3/2 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" (0.5/2 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 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


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  • Dennis

    Under the Dome rules all :D

  • omabin

    Hoped for higher for BB, hopefully it adjusts up

  • Mathew

    Ugh camp needs to go back to a 1.0 this was the best episode so far! Especially the kip and marina scenes

  • James

    Paula helped masterchef.

  • steven

    csi is doing amazing for summer re runs !!

  • Dennis

    Under the Dome .. the NUMBER 1 show on Network TV this summer :D :D

    Haters gonna hate!
    Potato’s gonna potate

  • Jordan

    I don’t think Paula’s appearance on MasterChef was advertised… Was it?

  • Ccemerson

    Criminal Minds continues to be the weak link for CBS Wednesday . Wish they would plug a few new Unforgettable episodes in that spot. Props to CSI for its age and good numbers it still pulls.

  • Potato


    I DO NOT potate! How dare you, sir! :p

  • Mon

    If it were up to me, Big Brother would have been 2 hours last night. There were lots of good stuff left out on last night’s episode.

  • dan

    as a masterchef fan
    i did not know paula dean was on there
    ur right
    no adversizing

  • jose


  • Hardline_Pro

    AGT was already renewed for a 9th season. How is that possible? o_O

  • Ultima

    AGT was already renewed for a 9th season. How is that possible?

    Seriously? It’s NBC’s highest rated summer show by a huge margin.

  • Ultima

    Criminal Minds continues to be the weak link for CBS Wednesday .

    If they put original programming in that hour, there’s a chance that it could perform better than Criminal Minds repeats, but it probably wouldn’t be worth the cost.

    In any case, during the regular season, Criminal Minds has better numbers than both CSI and Survivor, so it’s not going anywhere.

  • CBSviewer

    Why is Supernatural so low ? I’m more and more worried for next season.

    CSI still strong :)

  • Ultima


    Also, CBS clearly does not want to air all 13 epiodes of Unforgettable over the summer. If they did, it would have premiered in June.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Ccemerson

    Wish they would plug a few new Unforgettable episodes in that spot

    Big Brother was stronger on Sunday than Wednesday this week (2.5 vs. 2.0) and Unforgettable only got a 1.1. If it was on Wednesday at 9 it would go even lower. Plus, Unforgettable is more compatible with Mentalist than CSI.

  • Rick

    Masterchef has been really entertaining this year.

  • Justin


    You’re assuming that Unforgettable is lead-in dependent, which isn’t necessarily true. I haven’t followed the Big Brother ratings, but I’m pretty sure Big Brother has fluctuated a bit while Unforgettable is still getting 1.1 every week.

    I don’t watch the Mentalist but I would say Unforgettable is still compatible with CSI.

    Regardless, I wonder what CBS will do with Unforgettable by the time the Emmys and the Good Wife return. Are they just going to burn off the last five episodes on Saturday? It’s doing poorly enough that I suspect they will.

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