HOLLYWOOD — Auds may not quite be ready for the return of Roseanne Barr, whose unscripted ABC program sputtered in its premiere Wednesday night, falling well behind CBS’ “Big Brother,” which hit a summer high.
“The Real Roseanne Show,” a behind-the-scenes look at Barr as she prepares for her upcoming cooking show on ABC Family, averaged a third-place 2.2 rating/7 share among adults 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall from 9 to 10, according to Nielsen. It declined in its second half-hour from a 2.3/7 in 18-49 to a 2.0/6.
The Alphabet had been averaging a 2.6/8 in 18-49 with original episodes of “Drew Carey” in the hour this summer.
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“Real Roseanne” did perform pretty well among auds that figure to most likely follow Barr to her cooking show: In women 25-54, it ranked second (3.5/9).
The only strong reality performer Wednesday was CBS’ consistent “Big Brother 4” (4.1/12 in A18-49, 10.21m), which easily led at 9 and helped the Eye win the night in 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers. Without Fox’s “Paradise Hotel” as competish, “Big Bro” set summer highs across the board and nearly doubled “Real Roseanne” in 18-49 (4.1 vs. 2.2).
NBC’s “Race to the Altar,” meanwhile, declined 26% in its second week to a 2.0/7 in 18-49 and 4.99 million viewers overall. It tied for third in the 8 o’clock hour among 18-49ers after tying for first last week in its debut.
At 10, ABC’s “The Family” ran third (2.0/6 in 18-49, 4.72m), on par with its week-earlier preem scores.
Fox’s “Teen Choice Awards,” hosted by David Spade, averaged a 2.8/9 in 18-49 and 6.83 million viewers overall, down 10% in 18-49 from last year’s kudocast on a Monday. Net dominated the night in 12-34 (4.3/16).
In cable, USA’s original 10 p.m. crime Western series “Peacemakers” tumbled 37% in overall audience from its strong preem (3.27m vs. 5.20m).