TV Ratings Thursday: Preseason Football Preemptions Artificially Lift 'Big Brother', 'Motive', 'Rookie Blue' & 'Hollywood Game Night'

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August 30th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/6 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.1/4 1.0/4 1.2/4 1.3/5 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.219 4.880 6.264 4.504 3.428 1.090

Note:  There were numerous local pre-emptions for NFL preseason football on ABC, FOX, CBS, The CW and NBC. CBS had pre-emptions in approximately 40% 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 2.6, up half a ratings point from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,  Motive earned a 1.3 at 8PM and 1.4 at 9PM, both up from the 1.0 it earned last week.  Rookie Blue scored a 1.5, up four tenths from last week's 1.1  adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the season finale of Hollywood Game Night notched a 1.5, up three tenths from the previous week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, August 29, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 1.8 6 7.22
FOX Glee -R 1.5 5 4.63
NBC America's Got Talent -R 1.4 5 5.16
ABC Motive 1.3 5 6.35
CW The Vampire Diaries -R 0.4 1 1.10
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 1.5 5 7.35
9:00PM CBS Big Brother 2.6 8 8.36
NBC Hollywood Game Night -R 1.5 4 4.66
ABC Motive 1.4 4 6.42
FOX New Girl -R 1.4 4 4.58
CW America's Next Top Model -R 0.4 1 1.08
9:30 PM FOX The Mindy Project -R 1.3 4 4.19
10:00 PM NBC Hollywood Game Night - Finale 1.5 5 4.82
ABC Rookie Blue 1.5 5 6.03
CBS Elementary -R 1.4 4 5.91


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; 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,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4 with an encore.From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 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 0.8/4 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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  • Chris

    Wow…BB15…I wonder what happens now…ratings will decline…

  • rob60990

    there’s going to be big adjustments later. CBS & NBC were both preempted here in NY.

  • Cheryblosen

    Lol wow hollywood game night repeat tied originAl

  • TimsDale4ever

    I thought it was odd that football was on NBC in my market, so I missed the finale of HGN.

  • Jean

    Wow BB.

  • DenverDean

    All 32 teams played last night since it was last preseason game. That’s why CBS pulled TBBT (R). Will be lowest clearance for all networks this season.

  • 728huey

    Wow! Those ratings were off the chart last night. I didn’t know Motive had such an exciting episode last night. And BB must have been huge with Aa….what? Did you say all the NFL teams played their last preseason game last night?…. Um…nevermind.

  • Kissan

    It’s SO obvious CW and FOX were inflated. Glee, NG and TMP will never have repeats that go over a 1.0, they’ll all get like a 0.7. TVD and ANTM will get 0.2’s and Motive will go down to a 1.0. Rookie Blue and HGN probably tied with both having a 1.2 and BB probably had like a 2.3.

  • bryer

    I didnt get to watch BB15 because of football games playing on CBS, and BB didnt air until 2:35 AM. so i missed lastnight. good to see its still up.

  • ph

    Julie Chen was disgusting last night on Big Brother.

    In the past, Chen has repeatedly praised contestants who have said and done MUCH worse than yesterday’s evicted player. Yet last night, Chen acted in a personal, discriminatory and unprofessional manner to pounce on the young girl when she was down.

    How Julie Chen (the homewrecker who got the job by marrying the boss at CBS) thinks she can give moral lectures to anyone is ridiculous. Chen, arguably the worst host on television, should not be on the show if it even comes back for another season.

    Last night was a new low for Chen and for CBS.

  • Ultima

    if it even comes back for another season

    There’s absolutely no chance that CBS cancels Big Brother…

  • PurpleDrazi

    *waits patiently for real ratings*

  • omabin

    I will ignore these ratings and wait for the finals to comment but it appears that BB did well.

  • Fashe

    Julie was super nice last night. She should have been tougher.

  • Dom

    PH- you are in fact an idiot. Chen “pounced” on a dumb racist from Texas who deserves every bad thing she has coming to her. Period. Go ahead and make some more excuses for racism in America…..you tool.

  • Eric

    It would have been nice for those who haven’t seen last night’s episode of BB for you not to place a picture of the evicted houseguest right in the front page, on Facebook, etc. Usually I wouldn’t click on a link if I haven’t watched an episode. This time it was spoiled with just a picture. Thanks!

  • chloe

    WTF look at new girl and MP ratings

  • Ultima

    WTF look at new girl and MP ratings

    The rest of us looked at the text in red, bold and italics first… :roll:

  • LisaM

    I saw no TBBT so watched it on TBS instead. I just don’t like Two and a half men.

  • Ultima

    Seriously, can someone please explain this to me?

    You load up this page; you scroll past the massive amount of red text that is different than normal and clearly highlighted to get your attention; you see nunmbers in the ratings table that are clearly not normal; and finally, you decide to write a “WTF?!” or a “look at those ratings!” comment.

    How is there not a point in there where it occurs to you to stop and go read that red text?

    I don’t get it.

    Hopefully, there’s something obvious I’m missing here.

    Otherwise, the logical conclusion is that people who do this are… well, it doesn’t really need to be said, does it?

    I’m not trying to be mean, I just feel bad for Amanda and Sara. They’re clearly trying everything they can to get people’s attention and are being ignored. :(

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