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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  • Mon

    It was a game move on Elissa’s part and it made sense to keep Amanda. She knew she was the next target anyway so why not just make a move that might buy her another week. I didn’t like it at first but her diary room sessions made me understand.

  • BenA


    I have nothing to say! :facepalm:

  • Andrew

    Expect Big Brother ratings to plummet from here on out. This is the worst final 5 in the history of BB – no one to root for. Hate Andy and GM so much, Judd and Mccrae don’t deserve to win for their recent terrible game moves, and Spencer is just revolting.

  • Joel

    After seeing Elissa evicted, I lost all interest…I will be back for finale of course to see Elissa get the America’s Favorite HG prize. :)

  • Michael1

    Some of us old fogies remember the good old days, back in 2011, when “Two and a Half Men” would attract more viewers than “Football Night in America”.

  • K


    Who is the woman hater/pervert, Spencer?

  • K

    Very disappointed as well, in BB. It is no fun to watch now with Elissa, Helen, and even Aaryn gone. Those 3 should have made an alliance from the beginning. Now it will be more of Andy whining, dull Mccrae and even Spencer, unfortunately, Oh well.

  • Bob

    God Help Me, but I actually hope that Gina Marie wins. I do like Judd especially his stupid quips but since he was voted out once, he in my opinion should not win. I couldn’t stand Gina Marie at the beginning but lately she is growing on me. Get rid of Spencer and that creppy Andy (who at one time was decent). And McCray I had so much hope for at the beginning but get rid of him finally.

  • Ultima

    Some of us old fogies remember the good old days, back in 2011, when “Two and a Half Men” would attract more viewers than “Football Night in America”.

    Season averages for 2012-13…

    Two and a Half Men – 13.79 million viewers, 4.1 A18-49

    Football Night in America part 3 – 11.15 million viewers, 4.0 A18-49

    Football Night in America part 2 – 4.93 million viwers, 1.7 A18-49

    Football Night in America part 1 – (sustained, local commercials only)

    Not really sure what the point of your comment was…

  • Joseph

    Given the pre-game weather, Al Roker and Jim Cantore should have been the play-by-play commentators last night (September 5th) in Denver!!


  • John A

    Weird that TVD dosen’t repeat better.

  • CrimTV

    @John A

    Mostly down to the fact that, like other serial shows, you have to have watched from the beginning of the season or even from the beginning to understand whats going on. People are not likely to watch an episode of The Vampire Diaries right in the middle of a season.

  • Carl

    If anything I thought Helen, Amanda and Aaryn stayed too long.

  • josh

    bye elissa i love you i hate big brother now i am stop watchin it rachel is a star Helen is better than everyone in that house MCpu$$ andy the rat , spencer the creep and judd who f is judd why NOBODY THATS WHO

  • Elijah

    Wow that is pretty good for the Elementary repeat against football, dont you guys agree?

  • Stephen

    I can’t believe people like Elissa… she’s a brain dead buffoon with a grating voice. “I think McCrae voted against Amanda,” yeah… she was really tapped into the game. How can you be that oblivious? Good riddance.

  • A Nice Person

    Ultima is a person I would not want to know in real life. Get off your high horse, not everything people say has to be approved and/or dissected and/or criticized by you!

  • Ultima

    @A Nice Person
    not everything people say has to be approved and/or dissected and/or criticized by you!

    Everything? I responded to one comment, now two, which were both nonsensical and everyone else would have been better off not reading.

    If people don’t want their drivel criticized, perhaps they should stop posting it.

    Ultima is a person I would not want to know in real life.

    I don’t like you either, random internet person! Have a nice day! :)

  • Ultima

    Wow that is pretty good for the Elementary repeat against football, dont you guys agree?

    I don’t pay much attention to repeat ratings, but didn’t it do pretty much the same as it has been doing all summer? Just because football was on doesn’t automatically make the same number more impressive. It’s a common misconception that because football gets huge ratings that it must be suppressing the ratings of entertainment programming.

  • Elijah

    it got a .6 last week in the 18-49 demo. And I respectfully disagree, when the competition is exponentially increased by a lot and the rating increases 33% from a .6 to a .8 it is indeed more impressive.

    Thats like saying if there is a Burger King than a McDonalds opens up right across the street from it and than the same week that McDonalds opens the Burger Kings sales increase by 33% that same week, your saying that isn’t impressive or remarkable.

    I know, I know. Your so sad Elementary got the post super bowl slot over Person of Interest and your so sad and bitter that POI got shafted to Tuesdays at 10pm after you were predicting all season long POI would remain at Thursdays at 9pm for 10+ years and eventually evolve into a ratings juggernaut like American Idol was in its early seasons while you were also predicting Elementary would get shafted to Fridays or Sundays and than cancelled. And since that never happened and POI was sent to Tuesdays at 10pm while Elementary is still in its prime 10 pm Thursday slot with an incredible lead inand not on Friday or Sunday nights your so bitter and mad and you are still fuming months after CBS announced the 2013-2014 schedules.

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