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Wednesday Overnights: Consistent Return for ‘Big Brother’ on CBS

Canceled 'Code Black' Remains a Solid Option for the Eye Net at 10 p.m. ET

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.6/ 7, Fox: 2.6/ 5, NBC: 2.0/ 4, ABC: 1.6/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change from Year-Ago Evening
Fox: +37, CBS: +16, CW: no change, ABC: -11, NBC: -23

Ratings Breakdown:
CBS topped this final Wednesday in June thanks to the return of “Big Brother” and should-be resuscitated medical drama “Code Black.” The two-hour season-opener of “Big Brother” scored a dominant 3.5 rating/6 share in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. ET, which was right on par with the 3.6/ 7 for the year-ago season premiere. That 3.6 overnight household rating on June 28, 2017 translated into 5.88 million viewers and a 1.7 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 (based on the Live+Same data data from Nielsen).

“Code Black,” meanwhile, led the 10 p.m. hour with a 3.8/ 7 in households, which beat an original installment of freshman NBC drama “Reverie” (#3: 1.3/ 2) and an encore of “Shark Tank” on ABC (#2: 1.5/ 3) by 36 percent combined. At this point, I am surprised to hear that CBS or another outlet has not revived “Code Black” for a fourth season.

Also original last night was Fox’s combination of “MasterChef” (#2t: 2.7/ 5) and just renewed “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” (#4: 2.4/ 4). And The CW featured canceled “The Originals” (#5: 0.5/ 1) out of a Wednesday 8 p.m. repeat of “Supergirl” (#5: 0.6/ 1).

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Wednesday, June 27 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 1.9/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season premiere): 3.7/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Ellen’s Game of Games” (R): 2.7/ 5 (#2t)
Fox – “MasterChef”: 2.7/ 5 (#2t)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Goldbergs” (R): 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season premiere): 3.6/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “Ellen’s Game of Games” (R): 2.7/ 5 (#2t)
Fox – “MasterChef”: 2.7/ 5 (#2t)
CW – “Supergirl” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Modern Family” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season premiere): 3.4/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “World of Dance” (R): 2.0/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back”: 2.4/ 4 (#2)
CW – “The Originals”: 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “American Housewife” (R): 1.5/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother” (season premiere): 3.3/ 6 (#1)
NBC – “World of Dance” (R): 2.0/ 3 (#3)
Fox – “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back”: 2.4/ 4 (#2)
CW – “The Originals”: 0.4/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Shark Tank” (R): 1.5/ 3 (#2)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.7/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Reverie”: 1.4/ 3 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Shark Tank” (R): 1.6/ 3 (#2)
CBS – “Code Black”: 3.8/ 7 (#2)
NBC – “Reverie”: 1.2/ 2 (#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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