Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Dominates Thursday; CW Originals Fizzle

Big Brother Ratings
Courtesy of CBS

UPDATE: In updated Nielsen estimates issued Friday afternoon, CBS’ “Under the Dome” was adjusted up to a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49, putting it a tick ahead of last week’s series low. It moved ahead of Fox’s “Wayward Pines” as the night’s outright scripted leader in 18-49. The only other ratings adjustment on Thursday came for NBC’s “Food Fighters,” which gained two-tenths to a 0.9, which is 0.2 better than its week-earlier premiere.


CBS won Thursday’s primetime ratings race in key demos behind another dominant showing by “Big Brother,” the top show on a night that also saw upticks for the ABC drama lineup and a tiny crowd show up for the CW’s premiere of British import comedy “Dates.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS followed repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.4 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) and “Mom” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) with “Big Brother” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall), which was again Thursday’s top show in 18-49 and was up a sliver vs. its pre-holiday showing of last week. The net stayed on top at 10 p.m. with “Under the Dome” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), though it was only able to match its series-low score of last week.

ABC’s all-original drama lineup looked a little healthier, as “Astronaut Wives Club” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) was up a tenth and “Mistresses” (0.6/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) grew two tenths from its series low of last week. “Rookie Blue” held steady at 10 p.m. (0.7/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall). The average of 0.8 in 18-49 was the best for the drama lineup in their three weeks together.

At Fox, “Boom” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) and “Wayward Pines” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) were on par with last week. “Wayward,” with a softer, less-compatible lead-in and more direct drama competition in recent weeks, has slipped a bit and last night’s score matched the show’s lowest demo rating to date. As it did a week ago, “Wayward” tied with “Under the Dome” as Thursday’s No. 1 scripted original in 18-49; the Fox show pulled ahead in Live+3 (1.80 vs. 1.62).

NBC’s “Food Fighters” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from its week-ago premiere, and “Aquarius” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) picked up a tenth after hitting its low last week. “Hannibal,” which is finishing out its string of episodes at this point, held at its low 0.4/1 in 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers overall.

Despite airing original content for its two hours, CW finished with a weak 0.2 rating in 18-49 and about 800,000 total viewers with its lineup of “Beauty and the Beast” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) and “Dates” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall at 9 p.m. and 0.1/1 in 18-49, 0.5 million viewers overall at 9:30 p.m.). The network saw similarly low comedy numbers last year for the likes of “Seed” and “Backpackers.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.4/5; Fox, 0.9/3; ABC and Univision, 0.8/3; NBC and Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.8 million; ABC, 4.0 million; Fox, 2.8 million; NBC, 2.4 million; Univision, 2.3 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 0.8 million.

TV Ratings Thursday, July 9, 2015
18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    Big Brother

    (9:00 CBS)

    5.9 Million Viewers
  2. 2.

    The Big Bang Theory-r

    (8:00 CBS)

    6.8 Million Viewers
  3. 3.


    (8:30 CBS)

    5.9 Million Viewers
  4. 4.

    Under the Dome

    (10:00 CBS)

    5.1 Million Viewers
  5. 4.

    Wayward Pines

    (9:00 Fox)

    3.3 Million Viewers

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