While there were no nationally televised NFL preseason games on the broadcast networks last night, there were some local market  pre-emptions/delays on CBS, NBC and ABC that inflated some of last night’s broadcast numbers in the preliminary results. We’ll see by how much in the finals.

CBS won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers, and pending updated info, Big Brother rose by 14% to a 3.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Wipeout was down a tenth to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, but pending updated info, Expedition Impossible was up two-tenths to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating and Rookie Blue was up a tenth to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating.

The two hour So You Think You Can Dance finale scored a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49 that’s up 24% from last week’s one hour telecast and its best numbers since June 16, but down 13% from last year’s finale that scored aa 2.4 adults 18-49 rating on August 12, 2011.

Late-night results are below the primetime data.

Overnight ratings for Thursday, August 11, 2011: 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS The Big Bang Theory (R) 2.2/8 7.80
ABC Wipeout 1.9/6 6.35
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (Finale) 1.9/6 5.79
NBC Community (R) 0.7/3 2.72
CW Vampire Diaries (R) 0.4/1 1.09
8:30 CBS Rules of Engagement (R) 2.1/7 7.16
NBC Parks & Recreation (R) 0.9/3 2.66
9:00 CBS Big Brother 3.2/9 8.64
FOX So You Think You Can Dance (Finale) 2.3/7 6.77
ABC Expedition Impossible 1.6/4 5.23
NBC The Office (R) 1.2/3 3.14
CW Plain Jane (R) 0.4/1 1.11
9:30 NBC 30 Rock (R) 1.0/3 2.74
10:00 CBS The Mentalist (R) 1.6/5 6.94
ABC Rookie Blue 1.4/4 5.08
NBC Law & Order: SVU (R) 1.0/3 3.74

via NBC press note:

In Late-Night Metered Markets Thursday night:

  • In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 2.4/6; CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” 2.0/5 with an encore; and ABC’s combo of “Nightline,” 2.8/7; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 1.1/3 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/3; “Late Show,” 0.5/2 with an encore; “Nightline,” 0.9/4; and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” 0.5/3 with an encore.
  • At 12:35 a.m., “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (1.4/5 in metered-market households) beat CBS’s “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” (1.1/3 with an encore delayed by golf coverage).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “Late Night” (0.6/4 in 18-49) topped “Late Late Show” (0.2/1 with an encore delayed by golf coverage).
  • At 1:35 a.m., “Last Call with Carson Daly” averaged a 0.9/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.4/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

NOTE: All national ratings are “live plus same day DVR viewing” 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.

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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 which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. 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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