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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  • Networkman

    @Carl, I agree with you. I lost respect for Elissa when she voted to keep Amanda. She knew Amanda was behind getting rid of Helen and she really pushed to have Elissa nominated. Gina Marie stayed true to Elissa and had the guts to nominate both Amanda and McCrae. You would think Elissa would remain loyal. Also she should have really spoke to McCrae that she really did vote for Amanda and wants to work with him and pushed to have Andy put on the block

    Anyways, I want Gina Marie to win the whole game. Judd was already evicted and I don’t feel he should be able to win the same amount of money as the others. Spencer has been on the block so many times and has never won anything. He is truly a weak player. Andy has been sneaky and I just don’t like him because he doesn’t have the guts to stand up and defend his actions. I don’t want McCrae because that would be as if Amanda has won as well.

  • Ultima

    it got a .6 last week in the 18-49 demo.

    How could you possible think that a comparison to a night in which CBS was preempted in 40% of the country could possibly be meaningful?


  • Ultima

    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.

    Also, where the hell did this come from?

    I’m not Petar.


  • CrimTV


    Completely disagree on the Elissa thing. If Elissa and Amanda had stayed, it would’ve helped Elissa’s game loads, would’ve kept her safe this week and then she could win Final 4 HOH. However I do agree on your winner prospects, GinaMarie has said some awful things about Elissa and Candice but she stood up to Amanda and I applaud that, and she has come from the bottom to almost the top. I want McCrae evicted so Amanda can tell him about the mistakes he made nominating Elissa. GinaMarie against Andy would win, against Spencer she’d win, up against McCrae or Judd she wouldn’t win.

  • bluejoni

    Love Big Brother and LOVED the outcome last night !!!

  • Elijah


    Alright I didn’t know CBS was preempted last week and didn’t mean to come as as being rude or harsh, and I haven’t been posting in the comments for a few months so I didn’t remember who the crazy POI fan was, but now I remember it is Petar that you say his name it sounds familiar to me. I apologize to you.

    But yeah, I am a huge Elementary fan and remember people saying it was undeserving of the Super bowl slot, etc.

  • JSunkist

    Heh… NBC should just air The Voice all year and figure out a way to do an NFL game all year so they have something to cheer for

  • william

    no elissa…i’m now done with big brother unless they change there casting process dramatically next season.

  • Hugh

    Interenet fights are funny :)

  • Melanie P.

    @Mon, LOL, yes you have pretty much summed up the rest of the players left in the BB house!! The jury house now is way more interesting. They should just keep the cameras there for the rest of the season!

  • Melanie P.

    At first I was annoyed with Elissa for even wanting to talk to Amanda after her obnoxious behavior towards her, but when she explained keeping her would take the target off, I saw her point. As weird as this sounds, Elissa would probably still be in the house if Amanda had stayed. When the exterminators were talking, Amanda was by far their biggest target, but then Elissa was next. Maybe if McCrae did win that HOH, he would’ve been the next one out the door.

  • Melanie P.

    Oops, meant to say “didn’t win the HOH”.

  • Networkman

    Elissa agreeing to play with Amanda and McCrae would of sealed her fate for 4th place. The couple would be more loyal to Andy. Both Amanda and McCrae would simply use Elissa to do their dirty work and then kick her out of the house when she was no longer of use. Why continue to play with a couple? They would of told her to not nominate Andy. But Elissa really didn’t trust him. Also if Amanda would of won POV she probably wouldn’t have even bother making up with Elissa.

  • Ashley

    Boy, everyone seems to have missed football. Go HAWKS!!!

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