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TV Ratings Thursday: Football Inflates 'Big Brother', 'Welcome to Sweden', 'The Quest' & 'Rookie Blue' Finale

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August 22nd, 2014

Rookie Blue August 21

Scoreboard CBS UNI ABC FOX NBC CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/6 1.3/5 1.0/3 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.0/4 1.1/5 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.926 3.102 4.683 2.822 2.767 0.585

Note: ABC was pre-empted in Philadelphia, CBS was preempted in Pittsburgh and NBC was preempted in Indianapolis and Jacksonville for NFL preseason football. CBS, NBC and ABC's ratings are likely to change in the finals.

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

On CBS, Big Brother earned a possibly football inflated 2.3, up 5 percent from last week's 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, The Quest garnered a probably inflated 0.7, up 40 percent from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. The two-hour season finale of  Rookie Blue notched a potentially inflated 1.1, up 22 percent from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating and up 10 percent from a 1.0 for last year’s season finale.

On NBC, two episodes of the recently renewed Welcome to Sweden both scored a probably football inflated 0.7 at 9PM, up 40 percent from a 0.5 for its most recent episode .

Broadcast primetime ratings for Thursday, August 21, 2014 (All Ratings Live + Same Day)

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Total Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 1.7/7 8.00
  NBC Hollywood Game Night - R 0.9/4 3.69
  ABC The Quest 0.7/3 2.70
FOX Bones - R 0.6/2 2.45
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.2/1 0.63
8:30 CBS Mom - R 1.5/6 6.38
9:00 CBS Big Brother 2.3/8 6.97
  ABC Rookie Blue - Season Finale (9-11PM) 1.1/4 5.67
FOX Bones - R 0.9/3 3.20
NBC Welcome to Sweden 0.7/2 2.43
CW The Originals - R 0.2/1 0.54
9:30 NBC Welcome to Sweden 0.7/2 2.08
10:00 CBS Elementary - R 0.7/3 3.62
  NBC America's Got Talent - R 0.6/2 2.36

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In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday Night:

 

  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 2.5/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5; 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 Starring Jimmy Fallon,” 0.9/5; "Late Show," 0.4/2; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.1/4 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 Seth Meyers" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3 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" (0.2/1 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

 

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

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