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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    Ouch for Big Flopper!!

  • Carmen

    It doesn’t mean anything really to the overall scope of things, but in my area The Middle was preempted by ABC and replaced with a special on local classroom sizes and related issues.
    I guess ABC was behind again in their requirements for social programming.

  • K


    Big deal. CBS obviously is jealous of the success of Masterchef. Their summer counter programming has failed in summers past against Masterchef

  • Holly


    CBS obviously is jealous of the success of Masterchef.

    I think you greatly overestimate how much CBS cares about Masterchef, or any other summer show on other networks.

  • ParkerWyeth

    @Dan Family Tools is not repeating. All new episodes. FT and HTLWYF are both doing even worse because no one is investing any more time in them since they know both are cancelled.

  • rob60990

    Half the comments today have flop puns. Absolutely ridiculous that this kind of immaturity is what is cluttering up the comments on this site.

    Figured Big Brother would be down. It didn’t help the baking show at all.

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

    Big Brother has aired on Wednesday for years. FOX were the ones who chose to move Masterchef to Wednesdays.

  • harry

    How to live with your parents was really good. it will be missed . only mistake they did is the ex -actor they chose. unintresting and dull. rest of the cast was awesome and i would love to see them in another show , all together …

  • Dee

    I knew BB was going to flop because how many seasons can you have a house full of white people and one token black person. That show is a joke. There is no good reason why that house can’t be more racially even. They should just call it the White House 2.

  • Mon

    I hope The American Baking Competition gets another season. It’s a fun show and it’s doing better than Dogs in the City. They shouldn’t expect it to get high 1s against MasterChef. And it’s better than showing repeats of procedurals which I think the viewers are starting to get tired of watching.

  • Rich

    Are those “Arrow”/”Supernatural” numbers real? When was the last time any CW show(s) kept its same audience the entire night?

  • connerc

    I think part of Big Brother’s lower ratings is the early start. But, I also know a lot of people who are staying away because CBS took Big Brother After Dark from Showtime and gave it to TVGN, a network many cable companies don’t offer. They say without its companion piece, why watch the main show. Never mind, After Dark will probably be heavily edited on TVGN as opposed to Showtime.

  • Steph

    The contestants on Big Brother are HORRIBLE this year. They basically picked the most egotistical people they could find and put them on tv.

  • Dan

    @ParkerWyeth – I meant to say two more weeks of Family Tools originals. I’m surprised ABC aired almost all of the season and if Family Tools airs its final 2 episodes then this will be the first season ever where all freshman comedies aired all of their episodes.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    The Middle repeat only 10,000 viewers under Modern Family. I must say that repeats of The Middle are more fun to watch than repeats of Modern Family.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Dan

    Partners and Friend Me did not

  • Survivor Fan

    Not to mention Next Caller. I think that Ben & Kate has a few unaired episodes.

  • CBSviewer

    Good for Supernatural :) The American Baking Competiton is really weak.

  • A.C.

    BIG BROTHER ratings will increase as the season goes on and the cannon fodder are weeded out and audiences become more invested in who is left.
    Now worries.

  • romo

    People dont watch BB cause its stupid to watch shows that arent in HD.

    What is this still 1998 ?

  • rob60990

    “Are those “Arrow”/”Supernatural” numbers real?”

    Berman has 1.5 million for Arrow.

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