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Thursday Overnights: First Live Eviction on ‘Big Brother’ Leads CBS to Victory

'Little Big Shots' Gives NBC a Boost at 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.0/ 6, NBC: 2.5/ 5, ABC: 2.4/ 5, Fox: 1.4/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:

ABC: +14, NBC: – 4, CBS: – 6, Fox: – 7, CW: -37

Ratings Breakdown:
The first live eviction on “Big Brother” led CBS to Thursday overnight victory, with the summer reality staple at a dominant 3.4 rating.6 share in households from 9-10 p.m. Comparably, that was one par with one week earlier, and that overnight performance translated into 5.14 million viewers (#12 overall for the week) and a 1.4 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 (tied for #3 overall), based on the Live+Same Day data.

Most improved is “Little Big Shots,” hosted by Steve Harvey, on NBC, with a 3.9/ 7 in the household overnights in the 8 p.m. hour (tied for #1 with encore telecasts of “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon” on CBS). Comparably, that 3.9 household rating for “Little Big Shots” was 50 percent above “Hollywood Game Night” on the year-ago evening (2.6/ 5 on 7/06/17). At 9 p.m., two more episodes of sophomore NBC sitcom “Marlon” lost considerable steam, however, with an average 1.8/ 3 in the hour.

Also original last night was ABC’s combination of “The Gong Show” (#3: 2.3/ 4 at 8 p.m.), “The Match Game” (#2: 2.7/ 5 at 9 p.m.) and recently introduced scripted drama “Take Two” (#1: 2.1/ 4). The remainder of the evening was all repeats.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, July 5 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”: 3.9/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom” (R): 1.3/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Gong Show”: 2.1/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (R): 3.8/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Little Big Shots”: 4.0/ 8 (#1)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom” (R): 1.2/ 2 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.7/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 3.5/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Marlon”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom” (R): 1.5/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Black Lightning” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Match Game”: 2.7/ 5 (#2)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 3.2/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Marlon”: 1.6/ 3 (#3)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom” (R): 1.5/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Black Lightning” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Take Two”: 2.2/ 4 (#1)
CBS – “S.W.A.T. (R): 1.8/ 3 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Take Two”: 2.1/ 4 (#1)
CBS – “S.W.A.T. (R): 1.9/ 4 (#2)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.6/ 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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    CBS Thursday Live + Same Day Highlights

    “BIG BROTHER” EASILY WINS HOUR IN VIEWERS AND DEMOS

    CBS WINS ANOTHER THURSDAY ACROSS THE BOARD

    · BIG BROTHER was the number one program in its hour on Thursday, beating the competition on all other Big Four networks in viewers and key demos. #BB20 was the most-watched program in the 9:00 – 10:00 PM window by a significant +25% over its nearest competition (4.94m versus 3.96m). Additionally, BIG BROTHER scored massive victories in adults 25-54 (+70%, 1.7 versus 1.0) and adults 18-49 (+86%,1.3 versus 0.7).

    CBS won Thursday night in viewers by +20% (4.59m versus 3.84m), +44% in adults 25-54 (1.3 versus 0.9) and +67% in adults 18-49 (1.0 versus 0.6) over its closest competition.

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