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[07/31/12 - 10:49 AM]
NBC Weekly Ratings - Network Dominates the Week of July 23-29, as the 2012 London Olympics Open with Record Results
NBC spins the numbers for the week of July 23-29.

[via press release from NBC]

NBC DOMINATES THE WEEK OF JULY 23-29, AS THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS OPEN WITH RECORD RESULTS

NBC WINS THE WEEK IN ALL KEY MEASURES, AS THE FIRST THREE NIGHTS OF THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS TAKE THE GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE FOR THE WEEK IN EVERY KEY CATEGORY

THROUGH THREE NIGHTS, NBC'S OLYMPIC COVERAGE IS AVERAGING 35.8 MILLION VIEWERS, THE HIGHEST-EVER THROUGH THE OPENING WEEKEND OF A SUMMER OLYMPICS

NBC DELIVERS THE MOST-WATCHED SUMMER GAMES OPENING CEREMONY ON RECORD, UP NEARLY SIX MILLION VIEWERS VS. THE 2008 OPENING NIGHT

SATURDAY'S COVERAGE GENERATES THE BIGGEST AUDIENCE ON RECORD FOR AN OPENING NIGHT OF COMPETITION FOR A SUMMER GAMES, WITH A GAIN VS. 2008 OF NEARLY FIVE MILLION VIEWERS

SUNDAY'S PRIMETIME TELECAST EARNS THE BIGGEST AUDIENCE EVER FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF A NON-U.S. SUMMER GAMES

'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' RANKS #1 AND 2 AMONG NON-OLYMPIC TELECASTS IN TOTAL VIEWERS FOR THE WEEK, MARKING THE NINTH STRAIGHT WEEK IT'S BEEN THE #1 NON-SPORTS SHOW ON ABC, CBS, NBC AND FOX

IN 18-49, NBC GETS TOP-20 RANKINGS FROM THE OLYMPICS, 'TALENT,' 'NINJA WARRIOR' AND 'JIMMY FALLON'S PRIMETIME MUSIC SPECIAL'

ON MONDAY, 'AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR' GRABS ITS TOP 18-49 RATING SINCE JUNE 18 AND RISES TO #1 FOR ITS SECOND HOUR FROM 10-11 P.M. ET

TUESDAY'S 'TALENT' IS #1 FOR THE NIGHT IN 18-49 AND TOTAL VIEWERS

ALSO ON TUESDAY, 'LOVE IN THE WILD' RANKS #1 AMONG ABC, CBS AND NBC AT 10 P.M. ET IN 18-49

WEDNESDAY'S 'TALENT' IS #1 FOR THE NIGHT IN 18-49 AND TOTAL VIEWERS WITH THE SHOW'S TOP WEDNESDAY RESULTS SINCE JUNE 27

ALSO ON WEDNESDAY, 'THE CLIOS' WALKS OFF WITH NBC'S TOP NON-SPORTS RESULTS IN THE SLOT THIS SUMMER

WEDNESDAY'S 'JIMMY FALLON'S PRIMETIME MUSIC SPECIAL' STRUMS FIRST-PLACE NUMBERS IN THE TIME SLOT AMONG ABC, CBS AND NBC IN 18-49 AND ALL OTHER KEY DEMOS

FOR THE 2011-12 BROADCAST YEAR TO DATE, NBC IS #3 IN 18-49 RATING AND #2 AMONG ABC, CBS, NBC AND FOX IN 18-34

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - July 31, 2012 - Led by record-breaking results for the network's coverage of the 2012 London Olympics, NBC has won the primetime week of July 23-29 in all key ratings categories with an average 5.8 rating, 17 share in adults 18-49 and 19.0 million viewers overall, according to "live plus same day" viewing figures from Nielsen Media Research. These are NBC's top averages since January 30-February 5, the week of the Super Bowl, and, excluding that week, since February 2010 during the Vancouver Olympics.

Through the first three nights of the London Olympics, NBC was averaging 35.8 million viewers, the best through the first weekend for any Summer Olympics in history (since the 1960 Rome Olympics, the first televised Olympics), 1.4 million more than the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (34.4 million) and five million more viewers than 2008 Beijing Olympics (30.6 million).

The average audiences for Friday's Opening Ceremony (40.7 million) and Sunday's competition coverage (36.0 million) were higher than any night from the Beijing, Athens or Sydney games. In household rating, the three-night average of a 19.2 rating, 33 share, is 12 percent higher than Beijing (17.1/31) and 36 percent higher than Athens (14.1/26).

The first three nights of London Olympic coverage accounted for the week's #1, 2 and 3 telecasts in all key ratings categories and NBC's "America's Got Talent" tied for the top-rated non-Olympic show on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49. The Tuesday and Wednesday editions of "Talent" were the top two non-Olympic telecasts on those networks for the week, combining with the Olympic coverage to give NBC the top five primetime ratings of the week on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in total viewers.

"America's Got Talent" has been the #1 non-sports program on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in total viewers for the last nine weeks in a row and has been #1 or tied for #1 among non-sports programs on those networks for eight of the last nine weeks.

Among NBC's top-ranked programs for the week in adults 18-49, London Olympics coverage finished #1, 2 and 3, Tuesday's "America's Got Talent" tied for #4, Wednesday's "Talent" tied for #9, Monday's "American Ninja Warrior" finale tied for #13, Wednesday's "Jimmy Fallon's Primetime Music Special" tied for #18 and Monday's "Fear Factor" encore tied for #26.

NBC won the week by a 313 percent advantage over second place in total viewers (19.0 million vs. 4.6 million for CBS) and by a 314 percent margin in adults 18-49 (5.8 vs. 1.4 for Fox). Excluding weeks with a full seven nights of Olympics coverage, these are NBC's biggest margins in a summer week in the history of Nielsen's People Meter sample (which dates back to September 1987). Also excluding weeks with a full seven nights of Olympics coverage, NBC's 19.0 million average last week in total viewers is the network's highest outside the traditional September-to-May season since the week of July 15-21, 1996 during the Atlanta Summer Games.

Primetime averages for the week of July 23-29 in adults 18-49 were: NBC (5.8/17), Fox (1.4/4), CBS (1.1/3), NBC (1.0/3) and CW (0.2/1). In overall total viewers, the weekly averages were: NBC (19.0 million), CBS (4.6 million), Fox (3.6 million), ABC (3.5 million) and CW (0.6 million).

For the 2011-12 broadcast year to date, NBC is #3 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adult 18-49 rating and is the only network among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox that's up versus one year ago. NBC is also #2 in adults 18-34 for the broadcast year to date. Averages for the broadcast year through 45 weeks are: Fox (2.9/8), CBS (2.6/7), NBC (2.4/7), ABC (2.3/7) and CW (0.7/2). In overall total viewers, the broadcast-year averages are: CBS (10.5 million), Fox (8.0 million), ABC (7.8 million), NBC (7.3 million) and CW (1.5 million).

NBC highlights for the week of July 23-29

* On Friday, NBC's coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics delivered the biggest average audience for an Opening Ceremony of a Summer Games on record, 40.7 million viewers. That's an increase of nearly six million persons versus the audience for the opening night of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

* On Saturday, the first night of competition for the London Olympics delivered the biggest overall average audience for a Summer Games opening night on record, with 28.7 million average viewers. Versus the 2008 Games, Saturday's primetime audience was up by nearly five million viewers.

* On Sunday, the London Olympics drew 36.0 million viewers, the most for the first Sunday of a non-U.S. Summer Games in history. Versus the 2008 Games, Saturday's primetime audience was up by more than three million viewers.

* On Monday, "American Ninja Warrior" grabbed its highest 18-49 rating since June 18 and ranked #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC for its second hour from 10-11 p.m. ET in 18-49 and all other key demos.

* On Tuesday, "America's Got Talent" scored the night's #1 results in 18-49 and total-viewers.

* Also on Tuesday, "Love in the Wild" won the 10 p.m. ET hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in 18-49.

* On Wednesday, "The CLIOS: World's Best Commercials" walked off with NBC's best non-sports results of the summer in the time period in 18-49 and total viewers.

* Wednesday's "America's Got Talent" Results Show scored the #1 results of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in 18-49 and total viewers with the show's highest Wednesday results since June 27.

* Also on Wednesday, "Jimmy Fallon's Primetime Music Special" ranked #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in the 10 p.m. hour in adults 18-49 and all other key demographics.

Ratings reflect "live plus same day" data unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of "live plus seven day" data except for the two most recent weeks, which are "live plus same day."

Additional NBC highlights for the week of July 23-29:

On Monday, July 23 from 8-9 p.m. ET, an encore telecast of "Fear Factor" averaged a 1.3 rating, 4 share in adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers overall. In the time period, the "Fear" encore ranked #2 or tied for #2 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

Monday from 9-11 p.m. ET, "American Ninja Warrior" (2.0/5 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) scored its highest 18-49 rating since June 18 and delivered its biggest overall audience since June 25. This week's season-finale telecast was up versus the prior week's 9-10 p.m. results by 11 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 2.0 from a 1.8) and by 6 percent in total viewers (4.9 million vs. 4.6 million). Versus two weeks earlier, "Ninja" was up 43 percent in 18-49 rating (2.0 vs. 1.4) and 22 percent in total viewers (4.9 million vs. 4.0 million). In the time period, "American Ninja Warrior" was #2 among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and most other key demos. From its first half-hour to its fourth, "American Ninja Warrior" grew by 60 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 2.4 from a 1.5) and by 43 percent or 1.7 million persons in total viewers (5.7 million vs. 4.0 million). Versus NBC's average in this time period last summer, "American Ninja Warrior" was up 82 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 2.0 from a 1.1, "live plus same day," non-sports).

For its second hour from 10-11 p.m. ET, "American Ninja Warrior" ranked #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in every key demographic and beat the combined ABC-CBS rating in adults 18-49 (with a 2.3 rating from 10-11 vs. a 1.1 for CBS's "Hawaii Five-0" encore and a 0.8 for ABC's "The Glass House").

On Tuesday, July 24, from 8-10 p.m. ET, "America's Got Talent" (2.7/8 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers overall) delivered the #1 results of the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers. In the time period, "Talent" ranked #1 in adults 18-49, total viewers, adults 25-54 and other key categories. Week to week, "Talent" was up 4 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 2.7 from a 2.6) and up 3 percent in total viewers (10.4 million vs. 10.2 million). From its first half-hour to its fourth, "Talent" grew by 27 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 2.8 from a 2.2) and 30 percent or more than 2.6 million persons in total viewers (11.4 million vs. 8.7 million).

Tuesday from 10-11 p.m. ET, "Love in the Wild" (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) ranked #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in the time period in adults 18-49, adults, men and women 18-34, adults 25-54 and other key categories. "Love in the Wild" delivered its biggest overall audience since June 26, with a week-to-week gain of 5 percent (4.4 million vs. 4.2 million), and biggest adult 25-54 rating since that same date, with a week-to-week increase of 7 percent (to a 1.6 rating from a 1.5).

For the night, NBC was #1 among ABC, CBS and NBC in total viewers and other key categories..

On Wednesday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET, "The CLIOS: World's Best Commercials" (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall) scored NBC's highest non-sports 18-49 and total-viewer results in this time period so far this summer.

Wednesday from 9-10 p.m. ET, the "America's Got Talent" Results Show (2.2/7 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) delivered the #1 18-49 and total-viewer results of the night on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. "Talent" led its time period among those networks in 18-49, total viewers and other key measures and built on its lead-in by 100 percent in 18-49 rating and 85 percent in total viewers. From its first half-hour to its second, "Talent" grew by 5 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 2.3 from a 2.2) and by 7 percent in total viewers (9.1 million vs. 8.5 million). Versus the prior Wednesday, "America's Got Talent" was up by 10 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 2.2 from a 2.0) and 15 percent in total viewers (8.8 million vs. 7.6 million). These are the top Wednesday results for "America's Got Talent" since June 27.

Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET, "Jimmy Fallon's Primetime Music Special" (1.6/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) ranked #1 in the hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in adults 18-49 and all other key demographics. The special generated NBC's highest 18-49 rating in the time period in four weeks (since June 27).

On Thursday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET, an encore telecast of "The Office" averaged a 0.6/2 in 18-49 and 2.2 million viewers overall. This is the top "Office" in total viewers since May 31. At 8:30, a rebroadcast of "Parks and Recreation" delivered a 0.5/2 in 18-49 and 1.5 million viewers overall.

Thursday at 9 p.m. ET, "Saving Hope" (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) earned its highest 18-49 rating since June 28. Compared with NBC's total-viewer average in the time period last summer, "Saving Hope" is up 20 percent (2.799 million vs. 2.331 million, L+SD non-sports).

Thursday at 10 p.m. ET, "Rock Center" (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) reported week-to-week gains of 14 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 0.8 from a 0.7) and 10 percent in total viewers (3.8 million vs. 3.4 million). "Rock Center" grew from its first half-hour to its second by 13 percent in adults 18-49 (to a 0.9 rating from a 0.8), 9 percent in adults 25-54 (1.2 vs. 1.1) and 6 percent in total viewers (3.9 million vs. 3.7 million). Versus its lead-in, "Rock Center" was up 25 percent in 18-49, 38 percent in 25-54 (1.1 vs. 0.8) and 35 percent in total viewers. Compared with NBC's total-viewer average in the time period last summer, "Rock Center" is up 46 percent (3.770 million vs. 2.579 million, L+SD non-sports).

Friday, July 27 from 8 p.m.-12:02 a.m. ET, NBC's coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics delivered an average 40.7 million viewers overall, the biggest average audience for an Opening Ceremony of a Summer Games on record, topping the prior high of the 1996 Atlanta Games (39.8 million). The London viewership is also nearly six million more than the 2008 Beijing Olympics (34.9 million) and 15 million more than the 2004 Athens Olympics (25.4 million), the prior European Olympics.

The 40.7 million average is the biggest total-viewer delivery for any primetime telecast on NBC, excluding Super Bowls, since the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Salt Lake City games on Friday, Feb. 8, 2002. For a summer Friday, it's the highest total-viewer average for any primetime telecast on any network in the nearly 25-year history of People Meters, dating back to September 1987.

In households, the Opening Ceremony on NBC earned a 21.0/37 rating/share, the best for a non-U.S. Summer Olympics ever, and the second best for a non-U.S. Games (Summer or Winter) in 36 years - since Innsbruck in 1976 (23.2/37). The 21.0/37 is 12 percent higher than the rating for Beijing in 2008 (18.8/34) and 44 percent higher than the Athens result in 2004 (14.6/27). It's the highest-rated Friday night on any network since the Opening Ceremony of the Salt Lake City Games (25.2 on February 8, 2002).

On Saturday, July 28, from 8:30-11:28 p.m. ET, the first night of competition for the London Olympics delivered the biggest overall average audience for a Summer Games opening night on record, with 28.7 million average viewers. That topped the previous high, the first night of competition from the 1996 Atlanta Games (26.3 million), by more than two million viewers. The July 28 audience of 28.7 million was also nearly five million viewers more than the first night of the 2008 Beijing Olympics (24.0 million) and nearly nine million more than the first night of the 2004 Athens Olympics (19.8 million), the last European Olympics.

In household rating, the Saturday primetime coverage, which featured the first duel between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, earned a 15.8/29 rating/share, the best for a non-U.S. Summer Olympics opening night in 36 years since Montreal Olympics. The rating was 14 percent higher than the first night of the Beijing Olympics (13.9/27), which featured live coverage of Phelps' first of his eight gold medals. The 15.8/29 was also 34 percent higher than the first night of competition in Athens in 2004 (11.8/23), the last European Olympics

On Sunday, July 29, from 7-11:14 p.m. ET, NBC's coverage of the London Olympics drew 36.0 million viewers, the most for the first Sunday of a non-U.S. Summer Games in history. The July 29 primetime viewership was more than three million more than the first Sunday night of the 2008 Beijing Olympics (32.3 million) and 10 million more than the first Sunday of the 2004 Athens Olympics (25.8 million), the last European Summer Olympics.

In adults 18-49, Sunday night's competition on NBC, which featured a silver medal for the U.S. in the 4x100m freestyle relay, a gold medal by Dana Vollmer in the women's 100m butterfly and the preliminaries of the women's gymnastics all-around, earned an 11.6 rating, the best for a Summer Olympic night, excluding Opening and Closing Ceremonies, since Thursday, Aug. 1, 1996. It's also NBC's highest-rated Sunday, excluding Super Bowls, since June 14, 1998 (Game 6 of the Bulls-Jazz NBA Finals).

In households, Sunday night's competition on NBC, earned a 19.8/33 rating/share, the best for the first Sunday of a non-U.S. Summer Olympics in history. The rating was 9 percent higher than the first Sunday night of the Beijing Olympics (18.1/31), which featured live coverage of Phelps' second of his eight gold medals. Sunday's household rating of 19.8/33 is also 29 percent higher than the first Sunday night in Athens in 2004 (15.4/26), the last European Summer Olympics.





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· AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (NBC)
· AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (NBC)
· FEAR FACTOR (NBC)
· GLASS HOUSE, THE (ABC)
· HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
· LOVE IN THE WILD (NBC)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS (NBC)
· SAVING HOPE (ION)









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