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[05/24/13 - 08:32 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Opens Summer on Top in Demos
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for thursday, may 23, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (4.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) opened the summer as the top demo draw with the return of "Hell's Kitchen" (5.478 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and the debut of "Does Someone Have to Go?" (3.076 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

CBS (6.630 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver despite an all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.838 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "Two and a Half Men" (7.624 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Person of Interest" (6.838 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Elementary" (4.821 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Next up was ABC (5.346 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with new episodes of "Wipeout" (4.120 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Motive" (5.941 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) followed by the season opener to "Rookie Blue" (5.978 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.615 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up the premiere of "Save Me" (3.208 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), a second "Save Me" (3.001 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) plus repeats of "The Office" (2.123 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "Parks & Recreation" (1.877 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and a new "Hannibal" (2.740 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.864 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "Beauty and the Beast" (0.735 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) closed out the evening over on The CW (0.799 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Diaries" delivered a 0.3 rating at 8:00/7:00c and "Beast" a 0.3 rating at 9:00/8:00c.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+23.53% - Hell's Kitchen (vs. 5/13/13)
+20.00% - Wipeout
0.00% - Hannibal
-14.29% - Motive (vs. 5/20/13)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+11.11% - Hannibal (vs. Awake)
0.00% - Save Me - 8:00 (vs. The Office (Repeat))
0.00% - Save Me - 8:30 (vs. The Office (Repeat))
-12.50% - Hell's Kitchen (vs. So You Think You Can Dance)
-14.29% - Rookie Blue
-29.41% - Wipeout (vs. Duets)
-29.41% - Motive (vs. Duets)
-45.83% - Does Someone Have to Go? (vs. So You Think You Can Dance)

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

TBA


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (5/24/12):

FOX (6.23 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) opened the summer season on top thanks to the return of "So You Think You Can Dance" (6.23 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

CBS (7.64 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) then claimed the silver with its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.27 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Rules of Engagement" (6.26 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Person of Interest" (7.83 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "The Mentalist" (7.83 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

Next up was ABC (6.46 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) with the two-hour premiere of "Duets" (6.69 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) followed by the return of "Rookie Blue" (5.99 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.94 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "The Office" (2.42 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), another "The Office" (2.00 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "America's Got Talent" (3.77 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and the season finale of "Awake" (2.85 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

And finally, the special "Perez Hilton All Access: Lady Gaga" (0.87 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a repeat of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.56 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.71 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening. In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34), "Perez Hilton" posted a 0.5 rating while "Diaries" delivered a 0.3 rating.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+28.57% - Awake
0.00% - Perez Hilton All Access

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+55.56% - Rookie Blue (vs. Rookie Blue (Repeat))
+47.83% - Duets (vs. Wipeout (Repeat)/Rookie Blue (Repeat))
-5.26% - Awake (vs. 30 Rock (Repeat)/The Office (Repeat))
-25.00% - So You Think You Can Dance
-25.00% - Perez Hilton All Access: Lady Gaga (vs. The Vampire Diaries (Repeat))

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

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Source: Nielsen Media Research





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