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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  • TVLog

    CBS I missed The Glass House! I think USA version will be ripping off Canadian Version with the moose! I am determining watch UK version of Big Brother! Interact with show this year! Why now! CBS! Well! Survivor Format is doing well! I am boycotting CBS Big Brother! Endemol USA!I watch Someone have to go tonight on Fox! Who done it on Sunday on ABC! Endemol USA! I boycotting your USA Big Brother Show this season!

  • Eliot

    Big Brother: it needs to go. It’s boring me now, and the MVP twist does not excite me at all. :/

  • Steve

    Big Brother will be fine until its sinks to about 1.2 or so. Its costs CBS next to nothing to put out, and pulls good enough ratings.

  • Alan M.

    I’m not sure if you people think you are funny or not, but this whole “flop” thing is (1) not funny, (2) not original and (3) stupid. We get it! You can put the word “flop” into a title of a show you think has low ratings. Get a life.

    Big Brother’s ratings are perfectly fine for a show that is very cheap to produce and which airs 3 times a week. People will tune in as the summer goes on, not everyone knows it is on already.

  • glen

    Big Brother may be down from previous years but it was still one of the higher rated shows (18-49 demo) of the night. If it drops substantially next week then it’s in trouble. Having said that, yes it’s showing signs of wear.

  • CBSviewer

    Supernatural, SVU and Arrow repeated well. Criminal Minds repeated as well as CSI.

  • duke

    what is considered good and bad ratings

  • Pavelsauce

    Hey CBS, I’m…I’m not gonna watch your show! You’ll…you’ll be losing 1 whole viewer! Ummm, that’ll show ’em!
    What an incoherent rant.

    It’s likely that they can’t afford to replace all the cameras in the house.

    This was actually my first time watching BB. It seems like a decent show so far.


    How to Flop With Your Parents , Flopping Tools, The Flopout ::: Only on ABC Wensdays

  • Andy

    Big Brother was great last night! The numbers a definitely not that bad, but could be better

  • Leem

    BB won its timeslot, so keep hating, haters. BB is here to stay!

  • Dan

    Go MasterChef!!! I love that show and anything with Ramsey.

  • bluejoni

    Big Brother always gets stronger as the season goes on !!! It looks like a great season too !!

  • JayJay

    And ABC falls apart. NBC repeats did good :)

  • sb

    I think it is over for big brother. Not going to make it, but will see.
    After dark, has gone down hill to.

  • vcoolwater

    Big Brother is no danger of being cancelled. But I have feeling we going to be seeing more all star versions in the future.

  • Bob

    To the people who are saying “Flop Brother”…how can a show in it’s FIFTEENTH year be considered a flop??????? It could be a 0.0 and never be considered a flop. It will go down in the history of tv as a successful show regardless of this year. I love the show. Absolutely entertaining. It is my summer guilty pleasure show.

  • Randy

    Yes everything is about race isn’t it? Go watch the BET…if there were a channel called WET everyone would be crying RACIST

  • Randy

    And…I hope the “token” black guy wins…he seems to be very nice and makes a good role model.

  • cas

    I use to love BB. I stopped watching just because it took way too much time, 3 hours a week should really be cut down. I think 1 or 2 episodes would be enough. I would get so far behind and just couldn’t catch up and I found myself just reading spoilers which took all the fun out of it.

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