The weekly TV ratings from Saturday, August 1st through Thursday, August 6th are in, here are some of the highlights:
We don’t usually cover cable ratings, but it’s worth pointing out that The Daily Show‘s final episode with Jon Stewart was the series’ second-highest episode in terms of ratings, bringing in 1.8 in the key demographics. The most popular episode of the series remains the interview Stewart had with then not-president Senator Barack Obama in 2008. Check out Adam and mine’s recap of the final episode with Stewart here.
- Saturday saw continued lows for NBC, from one of the worst shows on television (Aquarius) and one of the best series to ever grace television (Hannibal). Both matched series lows of 0.2 and 0.3, respectively. Meanwhile, ABC’s Boston EMS landed a 0.6 in key demographics.
- American Ninja Warrior on NBC scored the night’s high with 1.8, down from last week’s 1.9, while Running Wild with Bear Grylis actually saw a slight uptick from last week’s 1.2 to 1.3. Elsewhere, Bachelor in Paradise scored 1.3 on ABC, up from the Sunday episode of the show’s 1.1; The Whispers tied its season low with 0.7. For Fox, So You Think You Can Dance saw a small rise from 0.8 to 0.9, and The CW saw Penn & Teller: Fool Us dip from 0.6 to 0.5 and Significant Mother‘s debut episode scored a unimpressive 0.3.
- Wednesday was a big night, with CBS’s Big Brother leading the night by matching a season high at 2.1, up from last week’s 1.8. CBS saw less exciting returns for the two episodes of Extant that both scored 0.8. NBC scored a 1.4 for America’s Got Talent: World’s Got Talent and an impressive 1.2 for the series premiere of Mr. Robinson. 1.4 was also the ratings captured by MasterChef, which was a slight dip from last week’s 1.5, while Home Free came in with 0.8, matching ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap. Toward the bottom, The CW saw America’s Next Top Model premiere at 0.4 and A Wicked Offer coming in at 0.3.
Finally, CBS’s Big Brother also took the lead on Thursday, with a healthy 2.0, while Under the Dome hit a series low of 0.8. NBC had a good night, with both Food Fighters and Dateline Mystery seeing uptick, scoring 0.9 and 1.1 respectively. ABC, on the other hand, had all series lows of 0.6 for Mistresses, Rookie Blue, and The Astronaut Wives Club. The CW also saw a series low for Beauty and the Beast with 0.2, tying the finale of Dates.