You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Dominates Thursday; CW Originals Fizzle

UPDATE: In updated Nielsen estimates issued Friday afternoon, CBS’ “Under the Dome” was adjusted up to a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49, putting it a tick ahead of last week’s series low. It moved ahead of Fox’s “Wayward Pines” as the night’s outright scripted leader in 18-49. The only other ratings adjustment on Thursday came for NBC’s “Food Fighters,” which gained two-tenths to a 0.9, which is 0.2 better than its week-earlier premiere.


CBS won Thursday’s primetime ratings race in key demos behind another dominant showing by “Big Brother,” the top show on a night that also saw upticks for the ABC drama lineup and a tiny crowd show up for the CW’s premiere of British import comedy “Dates.”

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS followed repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” (1.4 rating/6 share in adults 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) and “Mom” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) with “Big Brother” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall), which was again Thursday’s top show in 18-49 and was up a sliver vs. its pre-holiday showing of last week. The net stayed on top at 10 p.m. with “Under the Dome” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), though it was only able to match its series-low score of last week.

ABC’s all-original drama lineup looked a little healthier, as “Astronaut Wives Club” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) was up a tenth and “Mistresses” (0.6/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) grew two tenths from its series low of last week. “Rookie Blue” held steady at 10 p.m. (0.7/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall). The average of 0.8 in 18-49 was the best for the drama lineup in their three weeks together.

At Fox, “Boom” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall) and “Wayward Pines” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) were on par with last week. “Wayward,” with a softer, less-compatible lead-in and more direct drama competition in recent weeks, has slipped a bit and last night’s score matched the show’s lowest demo rating to date. As it did a week ago, “Wayward” tied with “Under the Dome” as Thursday’s No. 1 scripted original in 18-49; the Fox show pulled ahead in Live+3 (1.80 vs. 1.62).

NBC’s “Food Fighters” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) was up a tenth from its week-ago premiere, and “Aquarius” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) picked up a tenth after hitting its low last week. “Hannibal,” which is finishing out its string of episodes at this point, held at its low 0.4/1 in 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers overall.

Despite airing original content for its two hours, CW finished with a weak 0.2 rating in 18-49 and about 800,000 total viewers with its lineup of “Beauty and the Beast” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall) and “Dates” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall at 9 p.m. and 0.1/1 in 18-49, 0.5 million viewers overall at 9:30 p.m.). The network saw similarly low comedy numbers last year for the likes of “Seed” and “Backpackers.”

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.4/5; Fox, 0.9/3; ABC and Univision, 0.8/3; NBC and Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.8 million; ABC, 4.0 million; Fox, 2.8 million; NBC, 2.4 million; Univision, 2.3 million; Telemundo, 1.4 million; CW, 0.8 million.

TV Ratings Thursday, July 9, 2015
18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    Big Brother

    (9:00 CBS)

    5.9 Million Viewers
  2. 2.

    The Big Bang Theory-r

    (8:00 CBS)

    6.8 Million Viewers
  3. 3.


    (8:30 CBS)

    5.9 Million Viewers
  4. 4.

    Under the Dome

    (10:00 CBS)

    5.1 Million Viewers
  5. 4.

    Wayward Pines

    (9:00 Fox)

    3.3 Million Viewers

More TV

  • Content-is-King

    Top TV Execs Tackle New Distribution Landscape in Rome

    ROME – In an increasingly complex TV market, with a host of new big-ticket streaming services preparing to enter an already crowded arena, both buyers and sellers are rethinking some of the fundamentals of the TV business as they grapple with the best way to reach global audiences. A host of top producers, network executives, [...]

  • MIA-MARKET-2019_Europe-Producers-Club_4

    European Producers and Broadcasters Debate How to Weather Streaming Storm

    ROME – The impending rollout of Disney Plus, HBO Max, and other new streaming services promises a new era of uncertainty—and opportunity—for broadcasters and producers in an industry already disrupted by the likes of Netflix and Amazon. At a panel hosted by the European Producers Club Friday afternoon during the MIA market in Rome, executives [...]

  • Kevin-Beggs

    Lionsgate TV Chairman Kevin Beggs on Streamers and TV’s ‘Platinum Era’

    ROME – Over the course of two decades in the industry, Lionsgate Television chairman Kevin Beggs has witnessed the ups and downs of a business that has frequently found itself confronting both dizzying new possibilities as well as existential threats. But these days the veteran exec, who oversees the development of all scripted and non-scripted content [...]

  • MAKING IT -- Season: 1 --

    TV News Roundup: NBC Announces 'Making It' Season 2 Premiere Date

    In today’s TV news roundup, NBC announced the “Making It” Season 2 premiere date and HBO Max greenlit a new docuseries from Brad Goreski and Gary Janetti. DATES Hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman will return with the second season of “Making It” on NBC Dec. 2. After the show’s holiday season premiere, the show [...]

  • Luis Fonsi Erika Ender Latin Grammys

    The Second Latin Explosion: How 'Despacito' Ushered in a New Generation of Stars

    Music is an ever-evolving art, and for the Latin Recording Academy, that’s meant riding multiple waves of attention. The most recent arrived with the stratospheric success of “Despacito,” which kicked off a second Latin Explosion with full force in 2017. The Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit, later featuring verses by Justin Bieber, made Latin [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content