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TV Ratings Thursday: Pre-Season Football Inflates Everything Including 'Big Brother' & 'Rookie Blue'

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August 8th, 2014

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Scoreboard CBS UNI NBC ABC FOX CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.0/7 1.4/5 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.3/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/6 1.2/5 0.7/3 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 7.142 3.429 3.797 4.391 2.912 0.704

Note 1:  CBS was pre-empted/delayed in approximately 22% of the country, including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston due to NFL pre-season football. CBS's ratings will adjusted significantly in the finals. NBC, ABC and FOX were also preempted in several local markets for NFL pre-season football. 

Note 2: NBC and ABC programming was interrupted from approximately 9:30 to 9:40 p.m. ET by  a Presidential statement on Iraq, with the NBC preemption running from 9:29-9:41.

Note 3: On ABC, NY Med and Rookie Blue aired at 9pm & 10pm, respectively, on the East Coast and swapped time periods on the West Coast. Due to local NFL coverage on Thursday, ABC’s The Quest was pre-empted in 7.84% of the U.S., Rookie Blue in 8.02%, and NY Med in 6.78%.

Note 4: In a few markets, CBS programming aired on the CW affiliates due to pre-season foootball coverage on CBS. The CW's ratings are also likely to be adjusted.

CBS was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Due to the pre-emptions, timeslot and affiliate swaps and the interruption from the President's speech, any ratings analysis would be meaningless. We will do our typical ratings analysis this afternoon when the final ratings are released.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, August 7, 2014 (All Ratings Live + Same Day)

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Total Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R  2.3/9 8.77
  NBC Hollywood Game Night - R  1.0/4 4.42
  FOX  Sleepy Hollow - R 0.8/3 2.69
  ABC The Quest  0.7/3 2.73
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.81
8:30 CBS Mom - R 2.0/7 7.37
         
9:00 CBS Big Brother  2.7/9 7.98
  ABC Rookie Blue/NY Med 1.0/3 5.60
  FOX  Gang Related 0.9/3 3.13
  NBC Welcome to Sweden  0.8/3 3.28
CW The Originals - R 0.3/1 0.60
9:30 NBC Working the Engels  0.8/3 2.94
         
10:00 CBS Elementary - R 1.3/4 5.37
  NBC Last Comic Standing 1.2/4 3.87
  ABC NY Med/Rookie Blue 1.0/3 5.60

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via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

 

In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.3/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.8/5.

 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.9/4; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

 

  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 in metered-market households and a 0.3/2 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.

 

  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (1.1/4 in metered-market households) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3, delayed by PGA Golf coverage).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1, delayed by PGA Golf coverage).

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