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Ratings: CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ Returns Dominant, But Down in Demo From Last Year

CBS summer stalwart “Big Brother” was a winner as it kicked off its 17th season Wednesday, standing as the night’s No. 1 program despite some year-over-year declines in key demos.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Big Brother” averaged a 2.0 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers overall, the net’s top demo score since the “Survivor” finale six weeks ago. The show, whose two-night premiere concludes tonight with the reveal of the rest of the houseguests, did see an unusual decline on the half-hour, going from 2.2 at 8 p.m. to 1.9 at 8:30. Compared with last year, “Big Brother’s” opening hour was down 13% in 18-49 (from 2.3) and 8% in 25-54 (2.4 vs. 2.6), while gaining about 120,000 total viewers for the show’s largest opening-night audience in three years.

CBS used “Big Brother” to lead into rookie unscripted series “The Briefcase” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), but the newcomer was unable to benefit; it matched its lowest demo score to date. “Briefcase” will air its season finale on a special night (Friday of this week).

Fox’s “MasterChef” (1.4/6 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) was runner-up in 18-49 to “Big Brother,” virtually matching last week’s rating despite the tougher reality show competition. It was followed by “Bullseye” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall), which was down a tenth to its low.

NBC was able to score a tie with CBS for the night’s 18-49 lead thanks to repeats of its popular unscripted series “America’s Got Talent” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 9 p.m.) and “American Ninja Warrior” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall from 9 to 11).

ABC aired repeats of comedies “The Middle” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall). Capping the night was “Celebrity Wife Swap” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth from its season low of last week and tied with CBS’ encore of “Criminal Minds” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall).

CW stuck with encores of Wednesday regulars “Arrow” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS and NBC, 1.3/5; Fox, 1.2/4; ABC and Univision, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.6/3; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.6 million; NBC, 4.8 million; Fox, 3.7 million; ABC, 3.5 million; Univision, 2.3 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 1.0 million.

    TV Ratings Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    Big Brother

    (8:00 CBS)

    6.8 Million Viewers
    2.0/8
  2. 2.

    MasterChef

    (8:00 Fox)

    4.6 Million Viewers
    1.4/6
  3. 3.

    America’s Got Talent-r

    (8:00 NBC)

    5.9 Million Viewers
    1.3/5
  4. 4.

    American Ninja Warrior-r

    (9:00 NBC)

    4.3 Million Viewers
    1.2/5
  5. 5.

    Modern Family-r

    (9:00 ABC)

    4.7 Million Viewers
    0.9/3

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