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CBS’ ‘Big Brother,’ Univision’s Awards Show Top Thursday; Fox’s ‘Gang Related’ Rises

Big Brother” continued its strong start to the season Thursday, nearly doubling up the young-adult audience of any other original broadcast series on a night that also saw the best numbers in weeks for Fox’s “Gang Related” and slight second-week declines for NBC comedies “Welcome to Sweden” and “Working the Engels.”

Univision, meanwhile, won the night in all under-50 demos with its 11th annual “Premios Juventud” youth awards show (1.7/6 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall). The special, featuring performances by Romeo Santos, Becky G, Pitbull, and Enrique Iglesias, dominated in major markets with large Spanish-speaking populations, including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS followed repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.5 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and “The Millers” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) with “Big Brother” (2.1/8 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), which matched last week’s strong average (and could go up to a 2.2 in the nationals) and was easily the night’s top show in 18-49. A repeat of “Elementary” closed out the night (0.5/2 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall).

Fox saw gains of two-tenths for both “Hell’s Kitchen” (1.7/7 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and “Gang Related” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall). If the numbers for “Gang Related” hold up, it would be the first-year show’s highest demo score since its week-two episode in early June. It tied with ABC’s “Rookie Blue” for the 18-49 lead among scripted broadcast series on the night.

NBC had a pretty good night, with “Hollywood Game Night” — featuring Wynonna Judd, Scott Foley and Leah Remini, among others — rising two tenths (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) and “Last Comic Standing” up a tick as well (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall). And in between, new half-hours “Welcome to Sweden” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) and “Working the Engels” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall) limited their losses to one tenth.

At ABC, “Black Box” was down (0.6/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) but “Rookie Blue” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) and “NY Med” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) held steady. “Blue” was the night’s most-watched scripted original, hitting a four-week high, and “NY Med” won its hour in total viewers for a fourth straight week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Univision, 1.7/6; CBS and Fox, 1.3/5; NBC, 0.9/3; ABC, 0.8/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.1/.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.1 million; ABC, 4.7 million; Univision, 4.1 million; Fox, 3.8 million; NBC, 3.2 million; Telemundo, 1.5 million; CW, 0.5 million.

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