×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ratings: ‘MasterChef’ Hits Summer High, ‘Extant’ Improves on Low Premiere

CBS drama “Extant” bounced back a bit from its anemic second-season premiere of last week, but Wednesday’s top draws remained reality veterans “Big Brother” on CBS and “MasterChef” on Fox, both of which also were improved from their pre-holiday performances.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Big Brother” (1.9 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) was Wednesday’s No. 1 show in just about every category. It was up a bit from last week’s prelim (1.8) and figures to rise to a 2.0 in the nationals, which would be a slight improvement over the comparable night a year ago (1.9).

“Big Brother” was followed by a repeat of “Criminal Minds” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), and the summer’s second episode of Halle Berry drama “Extant” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall). “Extant” was up 13% week to week in 18-49 (0.85 vs. 0.75). Last week’s premiere rose in Live+3 by 49% in the demo (1.11 vs. 0.75) and 31% in total viewers (6.92 million vs. 5.27 million). For the night, CBS was a close second in 18-49 while scoring narrow victories in both 25-54 and total viewers.

Fox’s “MasterChef” (1.7/7 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) was the night’s biggest week to week gainer, rising 21% (0.3) for a summer high; it placed second to “Big Brother” for the night in most categories, and the show’s tied in women 18-34 (1.7/7). But the “MasterChef” gains couldn’t help “Bullseye” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall), which was down a smidge (0.85 vs. 0.87).

Fox tied for the night’s 18-49 lead with NBC, which continues to get great mileage out of encores of its hit reality series “America’s Got Talent” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) and “American Ninja Warrior” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall). “Ninja Warrior” won its 9-11 p.m. time period in 18-49, and “Talent” was easily Wednesday’s most-watched program overall.  The Peacock will get back in the Wednesday original game later this month with “Last Comic Standing,” which will be joined on the night starting in August by Craig Robinson comedy “Mr. Robinson.”

ABC aired repeats of comedies “The Middle” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), followed by an original “Celebrity Wife Swap” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall), which held at last week’s lackluster number.

And CW went with repeats of “Arrow” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) and “Supernatural” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC and Fox, 1.3/5; CBS, 1.2/4; Univision, 0.9/3; ABC, 0.8/3; Telemundo, 0.4/2; CW, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.4 million; NBC, 5.0 million; Fox, 3.8 million; ABC, 3.5 million; Univision, 2.4 million; Telemundo, 1.2 million; CW, 1.1 million.

    TV Ratings, Wednesday, July 8, 2015
    18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    Big Brother

    (8:00 CBS)

    5.8 Million Viewers
    1.9/8
  2. 2.

    MasterChef

    (8:00 Fox)

    4.8 Million Viewers
    1.7/7
  3. 3.

    America’s Got Talent-r

    (8:00 NBC)

    6.6 Million Viewers
    1.3/5
  4. 4.

    American Ninja Warrior-r

    (9:00 NBC)

    4.2 Million Viewers
    1.2/4
  5. 5.

    Modern Family-r

    (9:00 ABC)

    4.0 Million Viewers
    1.1/4

More TV

  • HBO Europe,The Mediapro Studio Lacoproductora Team

    HBO Europe, The Mediapro Studio, Lacoproductora Team On Comedy Series 'Whatever'

    MADRID — HBO Europe is adding to its growing Spanish slate with “Por H o por B,” a comedy series original produced by Globomedia, part of TV giant The Mediapro Studio and new Madrid-based company Lacoproductora. Written and directed by Manuela Burló Moreno, the 10-episode half-hour takes the characters from her Goya-nominated short film “Pipas,” [...]

  • Zombie Comedy ‘Zomboat!’ Sets Sail for

    Zombie Comedy ‘Zomboat!’ Sets Sail for ITV and Hulu

    The zombie apocalypse is coming to the U.K. and will be seen on British and U.S. TV after ITV and Hulu greenlit “Zomboat!” The upcoming comedy will star Leah Brotherhead (“White Gold”), Hamza Jeetooa (“Doctor Who”), Ryan McKen (“White Dragon”), and Cara Theobold (“Downton Abbey”). It will bow on the ITV2 channel this fall and [...]

  • Busy Philipps

    ACLU, Busy Philipps Take on Abortion Bans With #YouKnowMe Ad Campaign

    In the wake of revealing to “Busy Tonight” viewers that she had had an abortion — and creating the #YouKnowMe hashtag on social media — Busy Philipps is teaming up with the ACLU on a “You Know Me” ad campaign meant to rebut recent legislation in several states that restrict access to abortion. “You know [...]

  • LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO

    TV Review: ABC's Live 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'

    In retrospect, it was only a matter of time before reboot and revival fever manifested as verbatim repeats — but if TV’s gonna go there, bringing back eerily timely shows like “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” is the way to do it. That Norman Lear’s comedies are timely, or at least prescient, is [...]

  • WGA Agents Packaging Fight Placeholder

    Judge in Writers Guild Suit Against Agencies Replaced Again

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elaine W. Mandel has replaced Craig D. Karlan to handle the Writers Guild of America’s lawsuit against Hollywood’s four major talent agencies. Mandel was appointed Wednesday. She is the third judge assigned to the case, which was filed April 17 by the WGA against CAA, WME, UTA and ICM Partners [...]

  • Andy Cohen Desperate Housewives E

    TV News Roundup: Bravo Announces First Ever BravoCon

    In today’s roundup, Bravo announces its first ever BravoCon and the trailer for the fourth season of “Queen Sugar” dropped.  DATES The buddy comedy “Partners in Wine,” starring Lauren White and Jasmine Curry, will be available for streaming on Amazon Tuesday, May 28. It follows best friends Mia and Anne, who support, challenge, and judge [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Agencies Offer to Restart Talks With WGA to End Packaging Fee Standoff

    Hollywood’s largest talent agencies have offered to restart negotiations with the WGA to end the standoff over the guild’s effort to impose new rules on talent agents. In a letter to WGA West president David Goodman sent Wednesday, UTA co-president Jay Sures extended an olive branch and suggested resuming talks next week. UTA later sent [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content