Ratings: NBC’s ‘Animal Practice,’ the Olympics, and A&E’s ‘Longmire’ finale

Thanks to it being summer TV, there are not as many shows to specifically worry about when it comes to ratings. Therefore, we want to bring you instead some assorted highlights from all across the board.

The Olympics – The Closing Ceremony along on NBC brought in an incredible 9.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic, and also more than 30 million viewers. Overall, the total number of people who watched the Games in London this year was more than 210 million, and helped to make the most-watched TV event in American history. Granted, it also had over two weeks to pull of this feat, while the Super Bowl only has one night to get over 100 million.

“Animal Practice” – Its overall numbers of 12.8 million viewers and a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic were pretty good for a comedy premiere … but are they that good when you consider how big of a lead-in the show had? Really, most of the talk around this show during its airing was how NBC made a bad choice putting it on before airing a performance from The Who. Based on our review, the show itself was not much better.

When the show actually premieres, we predict that its numbers will be almost halved right away. Unlike “Go On” (which we think has the potential to be a hit) we see this show maybe lasting ten episodes unless it improves.

“Longmire” – A&E is loving this Western right about now. With over 4.3 million viewers and 1.6 million in the network’s target 25-54 demographic, the show set a series high. It has already passed “The Glades” in overall ratings, and this network is looking more and more like a go-to place for summer entertainment versus a network slate that is stale in comparison.

Do any of these numbers surprise you at all? We want to hear some of your thoughts below!

Photo: NBC

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