TV Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Season 19 Premiere Sinks to Series Low, Still Tops Wednesday

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Big Brother” Season 19 premiered on CBS on Wednesday night, returning down from the Season 18 premiere last summer for the show’s lowest-rated premiere to date, but still making it the highest-rated show of the night.

Airing from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., the season premiere averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers. The Season 18 opener, by comparison, drew a 1.9 rating and 6.2 million viewers last June, meaning this year opened down approximately 11% in the key demo and 5% in total viewers.

On NBC, “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” (0.9, 6.5 million) was down in both measures from last week’s premiere. A new episode of “The Carmichael Show” (0.7, 3.5 million) also dipped in both measures.

“MasterChef” (1.0, 3.5 million) held steady on Fox, while “The F Word” (0.6, 2.1 million) dipped in the demo.

ABC aired mostly repeats, with the exception of “To Tell the Truth” (0.6, 3.2 million) at 10.

The CW aired only repeats.

CBS won the night with a 1.4 rating and 5.1 million viewers. Fox was second in the demo with a 0.8 but third in total viewers with 2.8 million. NBC and ABC tied for third in the demo with a 0.6. NBC was second in total viewers, however, with 3.9 million. ABC was fourth with 2.7 million. The CW averaged a 0.2 and 757,000 viewers.

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  1. Redwolf says:

    Worst show ever. Cancel it!

  2. Terrie Welch says:

    Have been watching and not at all happy with the attitudes of the contestants. HORRIBLE decision to bring Full-of-Himself Paul back into the mix!!! Cody was absolutely correct in trying to get him out of the game when he had the chance, damn that temptation crap. If Paul would of be out (never brought into them ix), I think the game would of been much, much, much better. It would of been a chance for all of the new contestants to actually compete fairly. Horrible season this year. Hope you do better in the future years. I’m done with this season already.

  3. Dorothy says:

    Not real happy with big brother! No one really stands out this year! Heard about Meagan and was truly upset with the behavior of those two guys bullying her! You better do something quick to help your show! Very foul mouth kids and not very likable! Not all of them but most! This is not what made big brother successful!

    • Freddie says:

      ……..haven’t watched Big Brother in a few years so I thought I would give it another try…..after watching this cast, their comments, attitudes, and lack of empathy for each other, looks like I won’t continue watching…..Bye Big Brother!

  4. Karen Willey says:

    Josh is out if his league, he needs to go home especially after flipping on Mega for no reason. As for the HOH guy, yeah you deserve no respect after you Jerk move. Separating the people into groups of ” insiders and outsiders “, funny cuz everyone who is there own person are the ones you left out. So what is this school where only popular kids get to stay cody. Really… I hate that Megan left, I hope Paul gets cody & Josh out

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