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[08/18/11 - 08:50 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Brother" Hits Season High for CBS
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for wednesday, august 17, 2011)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

CBS (6.96 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was Wednesday's top draw thanks to a season high audience from "Big Brother 13" (7.96 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (5.86 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (7.06 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

NBC (6.18 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then had to settle for second place with new episodes of "Minute to Win It" (4.65 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "America's Got Talent" (9.42 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) alongside the season finale of "Love in the Wild" (4.49 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Next up was ABC (4.31 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with encores of "The Middle" (4.70 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.68 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), another "Modern Family" (4.82 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Happy Endings" (2.93 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) and a new "Primetime Nightline" (4.37 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.88 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up repeats of "Mobbed" (1.91 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "House" (1.84 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "America's Next Top Model" (1.19 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and another "America's Next Top Model" (1.05 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.12 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): Big Brother 13 (14.8%), America's Got Talent (0.0%), Primetime Nightline (0.0%), Minute to Win It (0.0%), Love in the Wild (-6.7%).

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," 2.1/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.0/5 with an encore; and ABC's combo of "Nightline," 2.9/7; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.2/4.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 0.7/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.5/2 with an encore; "Nightline," 1.0/4; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.5/3.

At 12:35 a.m., "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.0/3 with an encore). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.5/3 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 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/3 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/18/10):

FOX (5.02 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 thanks to the relocated "Masterchef" (4.83 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) and a second "Masterchef" (5.21 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3).

NBC (6.86 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) then claimed the silver with new episodes of "Minute to Win It" (5.65 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), "America's Got Talent" (10.16 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T1) and a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.76 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).

Next up was CBS (6.48 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) with a new "Big Brother 12" (7.54 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T1) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (6.55 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "CSI: NY" (5.36 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.71 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) was all repeats with its mix of "The Middle" (3.92 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), another "The Middle" (3.97 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Modern Family" (3.79 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Cougar Town" (2.90 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Castle" (3.83 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12).

And finally, a repeat of "America's Next Top Model" (1.55 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) lead into a new "Plain Jane" (1.33 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (1.44 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

In late-night metered market ratings, ABC's "Nightline" (2.7/6) took top honors over NBC's "Leno" (2.6/6) and CBS's "Letterman" (2.1/5). Rounding out the night then were "Kimmel" (1.3/4) on ABC "Ferguson" (1.1/4) on CBS and "Fallon" (1.1/4) and "Daly" (0.7/3) on NBC.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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