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Thursday Overnights: Consistent Return for Dominant ‘Big Brother’

Week Two of ABC Scripted Drama 'Take Two' Loses Steam

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.2/ 6, NBC: 2.4/ 4, ABC: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 2.0/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: + 7, ABC and Fox: no change, NBC: -11, CW: -17

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS summer mainstay “Big Brother” returned to the Thursday 9 p.m. hour with a dominant 3.3 rating/6 share in the household overnights, which was equal to the year-ago evening. Comparably, that bested competing “The Match Game” on ABC (#2: 2.5/ 5) and the second-half of Fox singing competition “The Four: Battle for Stardom” (#3: 2.2/ 4) by 32 percent and 50 percent, respectively. And it was, on average, 78 percent above two episodes of NBC sitcom “Marlon” (9 p.m.: #4; 2.0/ 4; 9:30 p.m. #4: 1.7/ 3 at 9:30 p.m.). Comparably, the double dose of “Marlon,” starring Marlon Wayans, was 34 percent below the 2.9/ 5 for year-ago time period game show occupant “The Wall.”

Overall, “The Four: Battle for Stardom” scored a modest 2.0/ 4 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m., which was on par with the year-ago combination of “Beat Shazam!” and “Love Connection.”

In week two news, ABC scripted drama “Take Two” dipped to a 2.2/ 4 at 10 p.m., which tied an encore telecast of “S.W.A.T.” on CBS and was 12 percent below the 2.5/ 5 in the household overnights for its debut one week earlier. Comparably, that 2.5 in households translated into just 3.36 million viewers and a 0.5 rating.2 share in adults 18-49, based on the Live+Same Day data.

At 8 p.m., NBC’s “Little Big Shots” (#2: 3.6/ 7) outdelivered sophomore “The Gong Show” on ABC (#3: 2.2/ 4) by 64 percent.

The remainder of the evening were all repeat telecasts.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, June 28 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show”: 2.4/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 4.0/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots”: 3.6/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 1.9/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 4.1/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots”: 3.7/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 1.9/ 4 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.5/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 3.5/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Marlon”: 2.0/ 4 (#4)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Black Lightning” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.6/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 3.1/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Marlon”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CW – “Black Lightning” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Take Two”: 2.3/ 4 (#1)
CBS – “S.W.A.T. (R): 2.2/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Take Two”: 2.3/ 4 (#1)
CBS – “S.W.A.T. (R): 2.2/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#3)

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.

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