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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

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