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[08/30/13 - 08:25 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Demos with "Big Brother"
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, august 29, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to significant local NFL pre-season preemptions, Fast Nationals for ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC are inflated.]

CBS (7.219 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "Two and a Half Men" (7.220 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), a second "Two and a Half Men" (7.555 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Big Brother 15" (8.359 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Elementary" (5.909 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

The silver then went to NBC (4.880 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) with its combination of "America's Got Talent" (5.158 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "Hollywood Game Night" (4.660 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) encores followed by the season finale of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.821 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

Next up was ABC (6.264 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) with a new "Motive" (6.349 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T12) alongside the season finale of "Motive" (6.418 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and a new "Rookie Blue" (6.026 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.504 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) served up repeats of "Glee" (4.625 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "New Girl" (4.575 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "The Mindy Project" (4.193 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.097 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "America's Next Top Model" (1.083 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.090 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 0.3 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Top Model" a 0.3 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+36.36% - Rookie Blue
+27.27% - Motive
+15.38% - Hollywood Game Night
+13.04% - Big Brother 15

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+87.50% - Hollywood Game Night (vs. NBC News Special)
+50.00% - Rookie Blue (vs. ABC News Special)
+13.04% - Big Brother 15
-6.67% - Motive - 9:00 (vs. Rookie Blue)
-18.75% - Motive - 8:00 (vs. Wipeout)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

· In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.6/7; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; 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 with Jay Leno," 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.5/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/4 with an encore.

· From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 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 Jimmy Fallon" (1.4/5 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4 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" (0.3/2 with an encore).

· At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/4 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/30/12):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to significant local NFL pre-season pre-emptions, Fast Nationals for FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC are inflated.]

CBS (5.74 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.79 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Two and a Half Men" (6.66 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Big Brother 14" (6.51 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and its "CBS News Special" (3.47 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

ABC (5.27 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Wipeout" (5.84 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Rookie Blue" (5.79 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) plus its "ABC News Special" (4.17 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

Next up was FOX (3.51 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with rebroadcasts from "Raising Hope" (3.34 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "New Girl" (3.40 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "Glee" (3.65 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.63 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "The Office" (3.82 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Parks & Recreation" (3.06 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) followed by the Saturday-bound "Saving Hope" (4.14 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and its "NBC News Special" (3.31 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

And finally, a repeat of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.31 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) lead into week three of "The Next" (1.27 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) - a series high - on The CW (1.29 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "The Vampire Diaries" delivered a 0.4 rating while "The Next" posted a 0.4 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - The Next
+37.50% - Saving Hope
+25.00% - Rookie Blue
+4.55% - Big Brother 14
-5.88% - Wipeout

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - The Next (vs. Plain Jane (Repeat))
+7.14% - Rookie Blue (vs. Rookie Blue (Repeat))
-11.11% - Wipeout (vs. Wipeout (Repeat))
-32.35% - Big Brother 14
-37.14% - Saving Hope (vs. The Office (Repeat)/30 Rock (Repeat))

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

·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.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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