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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  • Samuel

    Julie Chen did poorly last night, in my opinion. I genuinely like Aaryn. She seems very sweet. Howveer, she certainly said some dumb, stupid, rude things and then unwisely tried to deny them. I think she was very nervous and under a ton of pressure last night. I also applaud her for staying strong while the extremely rude audience laughed at her answers.

  • chloe

    @Ultima isn’t that good for a repeat and it beat the ABC comedies and some of CBS.
    The thing I don’t get is new girl got 4.58 million viewer but the demo are low.

  • rob60990

    @chloe, READ THE RED TEXT.

  • Rebecca

    Enjoyed HGN as always (no pre-emption in my part of CO anyway) – nice to see the lead guy from Grimm in better lighting (Grimm is so dark, lol). And his team captain seemed to like him; she picked him at least a couple times for things (SPOILER: won her the money in the end, too – awesome). Glad the show will return for another season.

  • DryedMangoez

    Sucks that football had to pre-empt one of the biggest episodes of Big Brother ever.

  • Max Vrany


    (Just don’t look at them! Pretend they don’t exist!)

  • Ultima



  • HalCapone

    Since these number are more or less meaningless due to football pre-emptions up the wazoo why not just withhold the preliminary numbers on nights like this until the final numbers are released. It would eliminate the erroneous interpretations/comments and the even more annoying condescending criticism of those making said erroneous comments.

  • Matthew

    Question… Motive is a Canadian show and it was renewed over there for a second season how would renewal here work? ABC would just chooseto syndicate it or not?

  • Holly


    Motive is a Canadian show and it was renewed over there for a second season how would renewal here work? ABC would just chooseto syndicate it or not?

    Assuming the Canadian producers can still support their budget without the ABC deal, it will continue on in Canada but no longer air in the US (like The Listener) or they can try to make a deal with a different net (like Flashpoint).

  • Igwell

    …the erroneous interpretations/comments and the even more annoying condescending criticism…

    are why I come to TVBTN and read the comment section

  • HalCapone

    To each his own. If stupidity, incivility, supreme arrogance, condescension, and conflict is what you want, that is why networks offer reality shows. Me, I just come here for the ratings info, nothing else.

  • Khan

    @Ultima it’s a free country. everyone is allowed to have their opinion, and the choice of whether or not they wanna read the red text. Dont get me wrong, I’m not trying to be mean or anything, but just sayin’

  • Holly


    The erroneous interpretations and criticism would just be replaced with whining about the lack of ratings and criticism of the whining, but it would be spread out over multiple posts. At least this way it’s contained.

  • chris

    You guys need to remember that many of the markets that aired the games last night might not have been the team’s home market due to the games not being sellouts and being blacked out.here In Cincinnati the Bengals game didn’t air on WKRC-TV the local cbs affiliate until 11:35 pm.With that in mind i’m pretty sure the final ratings won’t change that much.

  • Kate

    @ph There has not been anyone worse than Aaryn that has been evicted thus far. Amanda would be #1 in my book, but she hasn’t gone yet and production has pretty much ignored her. Dan brought up Amanda’s comments last night, but they weren’t addressed.

  • Ultima

    With that in mind i’m pretty sure the final ratings won’t change that much.

    Wait, what?

  • HalCapone

    Good golly, Ms. Holly, you are always the sensible, nice presence on this site, well-mannered and ready with the occasional sly, understated zinger when appropriate.

    I suppose containing this contagion before it spreads is the best course of action. I will just ignore the posts altogether when there are massive pre-emptions like last evening. Don’t get me whining about whining and those who whine about whiners:)

  • Max Vrany

    @chris, almost half of CBS stations* did not air last night’s network programming. Every one will be adjusted significantly. Your market didn’t sell out, but most did**.

    *Stations covering 40% of households, obviously some stations cover more households than others. Both WCBS (New York) and KCBS (Los Angeles) aired local preseason football, as did KTVT-Dallas, KPIX-San Francisco, WBZ-Boston and WGCL-Atlanta. That’s 6 out of the Top 10 markets.

    **Most teams sell season tickets, which require the purchase of pre-season tickets to buy regular season tickets. Blackouts don’t apply to non-primary markets or road markets either.

  • Flame

    Maybe TVbtN should start posting that red text in 64 point size.

    Then again, people would manage to ignore that too…

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