TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Big Brother' Returns Down, 'MasterChef' Rises, 'How to Live With Your Parents' Finale Hits Low

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June 27th, 2013

Big Brother 13 season premiere

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.3/7 1.5/5 1.5/5 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/8 1.4/5 1.1/4 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.735 3.908 5.660 4.450 3.348 1.365

FOX was the number one network in adults 18-49  and with total viewers.


On CBS, the season premiere of Big Brother tied its debut low (on July 13, 2008) with  a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating down 19 percent from a 2.6 for last summer’s premiere on July 12, 2012. Your predictions were too optimistic. In its new 9PM time period, The American Baking Competition scored a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week.

On FOX, MasterChef garnered a  2.1 up 5 percent from last week's 2.0 adults 18-49 rating at 8PM, and a 2.4 at 9PM, up 4 percent from last week's 2.3 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Family Tools notched a series low 0.7 down 22 percent from last week’s 0.9. The finale of How To Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) earned a 0.9 down 10 percent from last week's series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Lookout scored a series low 0.9 down 18 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, June 26, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (millions)
8:00 CBS Big Brother - Season Premiere 2.1/7 6.31
FOX MasterChef 2.1/7 5.36
NBC Dateline - R 1.2/4 5.48
ABC The Middle - R 0.8/3 3.61
CW Arrow - R 0.4/1 1.23
8:30 ABC Family Tools 0.7/2 2.86
9:00 FOX MasterChef 2.4/8 6.12
CBS The American Baking Competition 1.2/4 5.05
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 1.1/3 4.96
ABC Modern Family - R 1.1/3 3.62
CW Supernatural - R 0.4/1 1.23
9:30 ABC How To Live With Your Parents… - Series Finale 0.9/3 2.99
10:00 CBS Criminal Minds - R 1.2/4 5.62
ABC The Lookout 0.9/3 3.51
NBC Chicago Fire - R 0.7/2 2.91


In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.5/6; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 2.3/6; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.8/4; "Late Show," 0.6/3; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.9/4.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.2/4 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's first-run "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (1.1/4).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.3/2 in 18-49 with an encore) tied "Late Late Show" (0.3/2).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.2/1 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • forg

    Quite low for Big Brother.

    Bye How to Live! I quite liked it but not gonna miss it

  • Fumbuck

    Big Brother tanked!

  • Survivor Fan

    Ouch for Big Brother, though those are still good ratings for summer

  • Dan

    Wow ABCs summer originals are flopping. At least only 2 more weeks of Family Tools repeats then Suburgatory and Neighbors repeats resume

  • FLOP Detector



  • wwecenation

    Forgot to put svu as repeat!

  • luka

    Go MasterChef!
    BB – hahahahah!

  • ChiChi

    Flop Brother!

  • Clarke

    Yikes…didn’t expect BB to be that low…this could end up being its final season. The a lot of the cast this year is obnoxious…maybe that has to do with declining viewers?

    Watched a bit of The American Baking Comp. Mildly entertaining…but it belongs on the Food Network and not national TV.

  • Mike

    Big Brother won the night anyway, but ouch, those are low ratings. Did people forget it started early this year? Then again, it was on a Thurs/Sun/Tues timeframe for a long time.

  • Dan

    @Flop Detector – The Flopout, WhoFlopit, MisFloptresses

  • Aron

    @ mike
    MasterChef won the night.

  • Dan

    Big Brother really isn’t doing that badly compared to other shows and it’s very cheap to make. I doubt it will be cancelled

  • Dan

    BB did a lot better than the American Flopping Competition

  • brian

    Maybe people are burning out on the Chenbot and the three nights a week format? You don’t see any other reality show do that.

    And 90 days? Yeah, we’ll be seeing them go lower than that this year.

  • FLOP Detector

    @Dan ABFLOP

  • Hardline_Pro

    Good. Big Brother is crap. Glad it is failing.

  • David

    You’ve got to remember Big Brother is starting two weeks earlier than it normally does, and the viewer numbers are up about 500,000 from the first episode and up .1 in the demo…I think CBS is happy with those numbers, especially against Masterchef.

  • Samunto

    That was in line with the in-season shows which were about 20% down.

    Then again, last year it premiered on a Thursday out of a 2.8 repeat of TBBT.
    Baking won’t be hit CBS was hoping for or the big hit it is in the UK.

  • K

    Serves CBS right, for being so greedy and trying to steal viewers from Masterchef.

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