Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.8/5 1.4/4 1.2/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 1.0/3 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.737 5.265 2.903 3.506 3.627 1.292


Note:  Due to the live nature of the Republican National Convention coverage as well as TONS of local football preemption (FOX was preempted in almost 20% of the country) these time-period based Fast Affiliate Ratings are subject to more than the typical adjustments.

CBS was the number one network among adults 18-49 and in total viewers.

On CBS, Big Brother was even with 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,Wipeout at 8PM scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, up three tenths  from last week’s 1.3 rating at 8PM. Rookie Blue at earned a 1.5 18-49 rating, up half a ratings point from last week’s 1.0 rating.

On NBC, Saving Hope earned a summer-high 1.1 rating, up three tenths from last week’s  0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW,The Next garnered a 0.5, up two tenths from last week’s 0.3 among adults 18-49 rating.

FOX was all repeats for the evening

Late-night ratings are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, August 30, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS The Big Bang Theory  -R 2.1 7 7.791
ABC Wipeout 1.6 5 5.835
FOX Raising Hope -R 1.1 4 3.339
NBC The Office -R 1.1 4 3.817
CW The Vampire Diaries -R  0.5 1  1.314
8:30PM CBS Two and a Half Men -R 2.1 7  6.657
FOX New Girl -R 1.2 4  3.397
NBC Parks and Recreation -R 1.0 3  3.064
9:00PM CBS Big Brother -Live 2.3 6  6.512
ABC Rookie Blue 1.5 4  5.791
FOX Glee -R 1.1 3  3.645
NBC Saving Hope 1.1 3  4.135
CW The Next  0.5  1  1.269
10:00 PM ABC Republican National Convention 1.0 3  4.169
CBS Republican National Convention 1.0 3  3.474
NBC Republican National Convention 0.8 2  3.307

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

 In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 1.9/5; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 1.4/4; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.0/5; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.1/4 with an encore. 

  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3; “Late Show,” 0.3/2; “Nightline,” 0.7/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.4/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (0.9/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS’s first-run “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (0.8/3).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/1).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.6/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are “live plus same day” from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.

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Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

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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