‘Big Brother’ Tops ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Finale on Thursday

NBC's 'Hollywood Game Night' up a bit in third week, again builds on its 'Winner Is...' lead-in

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Big Brother” continued its hot streak on Thursday, as the CBS reality veteran was again the night’s top draw among young adults despite going up against the concluding hour of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” Also of note, NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night” edged up from last week and led its hour in demos.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Big Brother” averaged a 2.4 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour — flat with last week in the demo and up a smidge in total viewers. The show is now outperforming its ratings level of last summer, with Thursday’s episode up from the 2.2 demo rating and 6.1 million total viewers it drew on the comparable night a year ago.

Also for CBS, repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) ran first or second for the 8 o’clock hour in various categories, and an encore “Elementary” did a 1.0/3 in 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall at 10.

At Fox, the two-hour finale of “Hell’s Kitchen” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall) was up a tick over its hourlong score of last week, winning the 8 o’clock hour in 18-49 and placing a close second to “Big Brother” at 9 (2.3 vs. 2.4). “Kitchen” was down 12% from its finale of last year, which aired in September and during a time of higher television usage levels.

NBC opened with a repeat of “The Winner Is…” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), followed by a new episode at 9 (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), which was steady week to week. And at 10, “Hollywood Game Night” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from last week and looks to be the strongest of this summer’s new unscripted series.

Every telecast of “Game Night,” including repeats, has seen its demo rating improve in the second half-hour.

ABC’s “Wipeout” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) matched the show’s lowest score to date and continues to drag down the night for the net; on the comparable night a year ago, a two-hour “Wipeout” did a 2.2 rating in 18-49 (and a 1.9 from 8 to 9). The reality show led into “Motive” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), which isn’t doing much, and “Rookie Blue” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 5.6 million viewers overall), which was on par with last week and also seems to be affected by a softer lead-in this summer.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 2.2/7; CBS, 1.7/6; Univision, 1.4/5; ABC, 1.0/3; NBC, 0.9/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.3 million; Fox, 5.4 million; ABC, 4.7 million; Univision, 3.7 million; NBC, 3.5 million; Telemundo, 1.5 million; CW, 0.8 million.