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Positive Return for ‘Big Brother’ on CBS

Summer Mainstay Returned for Season 19

What follows are the metered market (overnight) results in households by network and by half-hour for Wednesday, June 28, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.1/ 6, NBC: 2.6/ 5, Fox: 1.9/ 4, ABC: 1.8/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: + 7, Fox and CW: -17 each, ABC: -18, NBC: -24

-Ratings Breakdown:
Two-hours of CBS summer mainstay “Big Brother” opened season 19 on a positive note, with a 3.6 rating/7 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. Comparably, this ranked first in the 9 p.m. hour, while trailing “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” on NBC (#1: 4.2/ 8) by 14 percent in the 8 p.m. hour. It was also just five percent below the 3.8/ 7 for the 8-9 p.m. year-ago telecast, which translated into 6.13 million viewers and a 1.9 rating/8 share, based on the Live + Same Day data from Nielsen.

In other words, “Big Brother” is back for another successful summer season.

Leading out of “Big Brother” was a repeat of “Criminal Minds” on CBS at a 2.3/ 4 (#1) at 10 p.m., which bested competing “To Tell the Truth” on ABC (#2: 2.1/ 4) and an encore telecast of “This Is Us” on NBC (#3: 1.3/ 2) by 10 percent and 77 percent, respectively.

In the 9 p.m. hour on NBC were two episodes (original and repeat) of “The Carmichael Show” at a 1.7/ 3 at 9 p.m. and a 1.6/ 3 at 9:30 p.m. Both episodes finished third in the time period.

Elsewhere, recent Fox entry “The F World with Gordon Ramsay” (#4: 1.5/ 3 at 9 p.m.) slipped by 37 percent from the third-place 2.4/ 5 for lead-in “Masterchef” at 8 p.m. Maybe it is time Fox gave Gordon Ramsay a rest. ABC populated the 8-10 p.m. block with encore telecasts of “The Goldbergs” (#4: 1.8/ 4), “Speechless” (#4: 1.3/ 2), “Modern Family” (#3: 1.7/ 3) and “American Housewife” (#3: 1.6/ 3). Emmy voters should make sure to have the name Katy Mixon on the ballot for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. And The CW featured repeats of “The Flash” and “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow,” each at a 0.5/ 1 in the household overnights.

Yes, I know…crunching the overnights in the summer is not all that interesting!
What follows are the household overnight results for Wednesday, June 28 by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 2.1/ 4 (#3t)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season premiere):
NBC – “Little Big Shots: Forever Young”: 4.6/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef”: 2.5/ 5 (#2)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Speechless” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Undercover Boss” (R): 2.0/ 4 (#3)
NBC – “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” (series premiere): 4.7/ 9 (#1)
Fox – “MasterChef”: 2.5/ 5 (#2)
CW – “Arrow” (R): 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season premiere):
NBC – “The Carmichael Show”: 2.6/ 5 (#1t)
Fox – “The F World with Gordon Ramsay”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife” (R): 1.6/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (R): 2.7/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “The Carmichael Show” (R): 1.9/ 3 (#2)
Fox – “The F World with Gordon Ramsay”: 1.5/ 3 (#4)
CW – “D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “To Tell the Truth”: 1.9/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “Criminal Minds” (R): 2.5/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us” (R): 1.5/ 3 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “To Tell the Truth”: 2.2/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “Code Black” (R): 2.5/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “This Is Us” (R): 1.4/ 3 (#3)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “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.

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  • Louis

    Marc, you have a few shows listed incorrectly on the chart.

  • Chris P

    You didn’t update the breakdown.