Posted in:

NBC Leads Sluggish Pre-Holiday Thursday

Even 'Big Brother' on CBS is Below Average

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 2.3/ 4, CBS: 2.2/ 4, Fox: 1.7/ 3, ABC: 1.5/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 1

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CW: +40, NBC: +15, Fox: no change, ABC: -12, CBS: -24

-Ratings Breakdown:
NBC inched past CBS on this minimally sampled pre-holiday Thursday, which featured just 42 percent of the programming line-up in originals. “Big Brother” on CBS, which featured the final “showmance” torn apart, led the night, but a 2.8 rating/6 share in the household overnights in the 9 p.m. hour was below average. To chime in with your thoughts on “Big Brother” last night, click here https://www.facebook.com/programminginsider/

Comparably, “Big Brother” was 65 percent above competing “Love Connection” on Fox (#3: 1.7/ 3).

Also original was CW combo “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (#5: 0.8/ 1 from 8-9 p.m.) and “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (#5: 0.7/ 1 in the 9 p.m. half-hour), which are likely to return next summer; and 10 p.m. scripted dramas “The Night Shift” on NBC (#1: 2.3/ 4) and “Zoo” on CBS (#2: 1.5/ 3). Elsewhere it was all repeats and a night to easily forget.

What follows is the breakdown by half-hour for Thursday, August 31:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Battle of the Network Stars” (R): 1.8/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “The Wall” (R): 1.8/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Beat Shazam” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Battle of the Network Stars” (R): 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Kevin Can Wait” (R): 2.1/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “The Wall” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#1)
Fox – “Beat Shazam” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#3)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us”: 0.8/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Battle of the Network Stars” (R): 1.5/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 2.9/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#2)
Fox – “Love Connection”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?”: 0.7/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Battle of the Network Stars” (R): 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 2.8/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “The Wall” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#2)
Fox – “Love Connection”: 1.7/ 3 (#3)
CW – “Whose Line is it Anyway?” (R): 0.7/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show” (R): 1.3/ 2 (#3)
CBS – “Zoo”: 1.6/ 3 (#2)
NBC – “The Night Shift”: 2.4/ 4 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show” (R): 1.3/ 2 (#3)
CBS – “Zoo”: 1.5/ 3 (#2)
NBC – “The Night Shift”: 2.3/ 4 (#2)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

3790 posts

11 Comments

Leave a Reply
  1. My guide has both Whose Lines as repeats last night.
    Were there many NFL preemptions last night? Detroit had the Lions on Fox.

  2. Ignore all of these ratings, all 32 NFL teams except Dallas and Houston were in action last night for their last preseason games of the year plus college football season starting up on cable.

  3. Naw I’ve seen The Wall it’s worse than Candy Crush to me, way overrated. I am happy NBC is showing a game show in primetime though I wish 1 vs. 100 was still around.