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‘Brother’ auds pay summer visit to CBS

Show slips 8% in 18-49 demo vs. last year

Five years later, auds are still fascinated by the shenanigans in the “Big Brother” house.

The CBS summer reality staple kicked off its sixth edition Thursday night with winning numbers, although it was down modestly year-to-year.

According to Nielsen, “Big Brother 6” easily led the 8 o’clock hour in adults 18-49 (3.4/11), adults 25-54 (4.0/12), persons 12-34 (2.7/10) and total viewers (8.47 million). In the 18-49 demo, it slipped 8% behind last year’s opener.

“Big Brother,” the most consistent summer entry of recent years, will again regularly air three nights a week throughout summer: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Its bow Thursday helped lead-out “CSI” to summer-high ratings (4.8/14 in 18-49, 14.91m for a repeat). Also faring well on the night was UPN’s firstrun “WWE Smackdown” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 5.32m), which won in males 12-34 (3.1/11).

On the cable side, week two of Bravo’s “Being Bobby Brown” averaged a 2 share in adults 18-49 and a little over 1 million viewers overall.

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