TV Ratings Thursday: NFL Opener Rises From Last Season, 'Big Brother' & 'Rookie Blue' Up, 'Wipeout' Down

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September 6th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 9.2/26 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.1/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 8.9/28 0.9/3 1.3/4 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 23.190 5.891 3.531 3.759 1.606 0.677

NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for  NBC (NFL Football) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.

NOTE: Versus last week, A18-49 usage was up +13% from 8-11pm.

NBC was number 1 in adults 18-49 and with Total Viewers.

On NBC, NFL Kickoff earned a preliminary 6.5 adults 18-49 rating up 15 percent from a preliminary 5.5 last season on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. The first NFL Football game of the season, between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos, scored a 10.4 preliminary adults 18-49 rating from 9-11PM up 20 percent from a 8.7 for last year’s opener on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Since the game actually ran until 12:25Am expect major adjustments when the final ratings are released this afternoon.

On CBS, Big Brother garnered a 2.4, up 33 percent from last week's 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, a two hour Wipeout notched a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 8 percent from a 1.2 on August 23.  Rookie Blue scored a 1.0 up 11 percent from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Thursday, September 5, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC Football Night in America: Kick-Off 2013 - Live 6.5/21 17.88
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 1.5/5 7.26
ABC Wipeout (8-10PM) 1.1/3 3.53
FOX Glee - R 0.6/2 1.79
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.77
8:30 CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.3/4 6.26
9:00 NBC NFL Football (9-11PM) - Live 10.4/28 25.85
CBS Big Brother 2.4/6 6.91
FOX New Girl - R 0.5/1 1.41
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.2/1 1.11
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project - R 0.5/1 1.44
10:00 ABC Rookie Blue 1.0/3 4.21
CBS Elementary - R 0.8/1 3.85


In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/11 (delayed by NFL overrun); CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.6/4.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.2/10 (delayed by NFL overrun); "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.4/2.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/1 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" results are unavailable due to a delay for an NFL overrun.  CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households and a 0.2/2 in the 25 markets with Local People Meters.
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" results are unavailable due to a delay for an NFL overrun.


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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.


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.)
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.

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  • CrimTV

    Wow good for Big Brother, but the two most audience-grabbing players were evicted last night. Ratings will go much lower from now on with the awful final 5. Elissa, i’m so upset that she left and she will take viewers with her.

  • Robert

    Wow at BB going against football

  • Joseph A

    AMAZING #’s for CBS , Big Brother and the comedy repeats ,

    Horrible numbers for FOX and ABC

  • Dillan

    Amazing for BB against the football.

    Very sad about Ellisa leaving. :(

  • CrimTV


    Don’t you agree that this is the worst final 5 ever?! I hope that the ratings drop for this season of BB from now on and that Elissa will win America’s Favourite Houseguest!

  • SG

    Not Elissa! So hard to watch McCrae make a dumb move last night, Judd too. Great BB ratings, wonder how many will watch the pitiful final 5 now.

  • Samunto

    Impressive for BB to rise against football.

    And Football is back! The slaughtering of Sunday shows can begin!

  • Mark

    Big night for BB! Keep in mind, the reason it got a 1.8 last week is because it was pre-empted in much of the country.

  • Dillan


    It’s an awful final 5. All of them shouldn’t be there. They’ve done pretty much nothing throughout the entire season.

  • a p garcia

    I only hope Wipeout fall was due to the football game!

  • Clarke

    Worst Big Brother final 5 …ever. I can see the show dropping to 1.7-1.8 levels this Sunday…many people seem to agree the show is not worth watching without Elissa (or Amanda…she was vile but interesting to watch).

  • madbengalsfan85

    Oh Football, how I’ve missed you

  • Max Vrany

    Ignore all of NBC’s numbers. (For reasons that apparently aren’t obvious.)

  • redbirds

    Can you at least put up a picture of peyton manning. The guy had a record tying 7 touchdowns.

  • Mon

    Bye BIg Brother. I really lost interest now. I’ll watch an episode where they’llshowthe jury but that’s it. Worst final 5 ever: a racist, a woman hater/pervert, a dumbass jock, a rat floater and a coward. The last remaining players left last night.

  • redbirds

    The NFL just gets bigger and bigger every year. It’s funny even comparing the NFL to other pro leagues. The NBA and MLB are light years behind.

  • Croq

    SOOOOO glad both Amanda and Elissa are gone. Didn’t care for either one of them to be honest.

  • CrimTV

    Currently wishing we could just watch the Jury House for the rest of the season :(

  • Carl

    I can’t say this is the worst. This is the show which practically threw a parade for a man who spent months making rape jokes and threats.

    They also gave racist Amanda a sweetheart, softball interview.

    I lost a ton of respect for Elissa when she tried to keep her, so I’m not sorry she went.

  • Nick

    First Helen, then Aaryn, then Amanda, then Elissa. The only four players people watched for, all evicted out one by one. I’ll still watch, but for me, the season ended last night.

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