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Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Hits High; Decent Start for ‘Mr. Robinson’

CBS’ s “Big Brother” hit a summer high on Wednesday, a night that also saw NBC’s long-delayed Craig Robinson comedy “Mr. Robinson” open to solid-enough ratings, winning its hour in young adults and becoming the most-watched summer comedy premiere on any network in eight years.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Mr. Robinson” averaged a 1.2 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers overall for its first episode at 9 p.m., and a 1.0/4 in the demo and 3.8 million total viewers for another original at 9:30. The 1.2 is a bit below where “Undateable” opened last summer for NBC, while the total-viewer count bests the last 11 summer comedy premieres since CBS launched the animated “Creature Comforts” in 2007.

“Mr. Robinson,” in which the former co-star of “The Office” stars as a middle school music teacher, had been in development for the 2013-14 season. NBC ordered six episodes back in January of last year, and those six will air over the course of a three-week stretch this month.

NBC won Wednesday in key demos, with “America’s Got Talent” (1.4/6 in 18-49, 6.9 million viewers overall) placing second at 8 p.m. and “Last Comic Standing” winning at 10 (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall). Despite a much softer lead-in this week (1.0 vs. 1.7), its prelim score of 1.45 matched last week’s finals average.

At CBS, “Big Brother” (2.1/8 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall) spiked from last week’s season-low Wednesday score (1.8) to match or perhaps set a season high for any night; the show tends to surge in the updates, so a 2.2 seems likely in the nationals. It was followed by a two-hour episode of “Extant” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall), which did the same demo rating in all four half-hours. Week-to-week, it was up 7% (0.80 vs. 0.75).

Fox’s “MasterChef” (1.4/6 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) was on par with last week, while “Home Free” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) was down a bit.

ABC aired repeats of “The Middle” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), followed by an original “Celebrity Wife Swap” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall), which matched last week’s score.

At CW, “America’s Next Top Model” kicked off another season (0.4/2 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall), steady in the demo and up a bit in total viewers vs. its year-ago premiere, which came later in August. The premiere of “A Wicked Offer” followed at 9 (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall).

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

In total viewers: CBS, 5.4 million; NBC, 5.3 million; Fox, 3.9 million; ABC, 3.3 million; Univision, 2.1 million; Telemundo, 1.6 million; CW, 0.9 million.

TV Ratings Wednesday, August 6, 2015
18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    Big Brother

    (8:00 CBS)

    6.6 Million Viewers
  2. 2.

    America’s Got Talent

    (8:00 NBC)

    6.9 Million Viewers
  3. 2.

    Last Comic Standing

    (10:00 NBC)

    4.7 Million Viewers
  4. 4.

    Mr. Robinson

    (9:00 NBC)

    4.6 Million Viewers
  5. 5.

    Mr. Robinson

    (9:30 NBC)

    3.8 Million Viewers

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