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Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Wins Reality Showdown; ‘Mr. Robinson’ Steady for NBC

In a Wednesday showdown pitting the top-rated summer reality show on three networks, CBS’ strong and steady “Big Brother” emerged as the night’s top show. And on the scripted side, NBC comedy “Mr. Robinson” held up well in its second week, contributing to the net’s nightly win in young adults.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Big Brother” (2.1/9 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) appears poised to match its summer high of 2.2 in 18-49 (it regularly is revised up in the nationals) while drawing one of its largest overall audiences on any night of the season; its previous total-viewer high of 6.915 million came for its season premiere.

“Brother,” the night’s No. 1 show in 18-49, bested head-to-head competitors “America’s Got Talent” on NBC (1.6/6 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) and Fox’s “MasterChef” (1.4/6 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), with the latter down a smidge and on the low end of its summer range. “Talent,” with its first regularly scheduled Wednesday results show of the summer, remained easily the night’s most-watched program overall.

Following “Talent” was the second week of Craig Robinson comedy “Mr. Robinson,” which did the same 1.0 demo rating with each of its two original episodes to tie for the Big Four lead in the 9 o’clock hour; last week it opened at a 1.2 and then dipped to a 1.0 for its second episode. The 1.0 in 18-49 matches last year’s “Undateable” as the top week-2 score for a new comedy series since CBS’ “Creature Comforts” in 2007.

Last week’s two episodes of “Mr. Robinson” stood as the two most upscale-skewing shows of the night on the Big Four in their concentration of adults 18-49 living in homes with $100,000+ incomes, indexing at a 142 at 9 p.m. and a 146 at 9:30. The comedy will get one more week in the time period, to be replaced Aug. 26 by another new half-hour, “The Carmichael Show.”

After an impressive start to its season, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” fell off last night (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) but still drew nearly as many young adults as the combined repeats airing opposite it on ABC (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall for “Wife Swap”) and CBS (“0.6/2 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall for “Criminal Minds”).

At CBS, “Big Brother” was followed by “Extant” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), which was down slightly from last week and placed fourth among the Big Four in 18-49 for its hour. Fox’s alternative series “Home Free” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) was among the shows to beat the Halle Berry drama in 18-49.

ABC was up some week to week from 8 to 10 p.m. with its repeats of comedies “The Middle” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall). In repeat, “Modern” and “Black-ish” did the same demo ratings as the firstrun “Mr. Robinson” episodes on NBC.

CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” was up in its second week (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall), while “A Wicked Offer” held steady (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 1.3/5; CBS, 1.2/4; Fox, 1.1/4; ABC and Univision, 0.8/3; Telemundo, 0.7/3; CW, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: NBC, 5.5 million; CBS, 5.1 million; Fox, 3.8 million; ABC, 3.2 million; Univision, 2.1 million; Telemundo, 1.7 million; CW, 1.2 million.

    TV Ratings Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    Big Brother

    (8:00 CBS)

    6.5 Million Viewers
    2.1/9
  2. 2.

    America’s Got Talent results

    (8:00 NBC)

    8.3 Million Viewers
    1.6/6
  3. 3.

    MasterChef

    (8:00 Fox)

    4.6 Million Viewers
    1.4/6
  4. 4.

    Last Comic Standing

    (10:00 NBC)

    4.3 Million Viewers
    1.2/4
  5. 5.

    Mr. Robinson-9 p.m.

    (9:00 NBC)

    4.5 Million Viewers
    1.0/4

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