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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  • MichaelChickless

    So glad I’m not a BigBrotherFan.

  • MichaelChickless

    Posted June 27
    Half the comments today have flop puns. Absolutely ridiculous that this kind of immaturity is what is cluttering up the comments on this site.

    I know…. Right?

  • CrimTV


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

    I completely 100% agree. It’s embarrassing! Big Brother is not a flop when it has lasted 15 seasons!

  • Mark

    I like the new Big Brother cast. Part of the problem last year was the cast was really unlikable.

    LOL @ the people saying this could be the last year for Big Brother. 5 years ago it premiered this low but 2 years ago it had a great season and hit 3.0 many times. And last year was a mediocre year ratings wise.

    CBS will never give up on Big Brother. It’s perfect(cheap) summer programming.

    What they should do is move Survivor to the summer and pair it with Big Brother.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    People using the abbreviation BB confused me. Usually I see it used for Blue Bloods.

  • Dan

    @Patrick Ausgewahlt – In the summer its Big Brother and Fall-Spring its Blue Bloods.

    And honestly to all those worried. Big Brother isn’t a flop. ANYTHING getting above a 2.0 in the summer should be considered a hit, since half the shows cant even crack a 2.0 during the regular season.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Wait.. The same people calling BIG BROTHER a FLOP are the ones who cheered on HANNIBALS amazing .7 performances LOL PLEASE

  • Melanie P.

    Thought Big Brother would be a little higher. Oh well, still looks like this season will be exciting.

  • AniMatsuri

    The appearance of last year’s Master Chef winner, Christine Ha may have bumped the ratings for the show.

  • John A

    This Flop thing is just sad now.

  • Josh

    I am never using flop in my dictionary ever ever EVER!!!!!

  • MichaelChickless

    Posted June 27 by Patrick Ausgewahlt
    People using the abbreviation BB confuse me. Usually I see it used for Blue Bloods.

    And it’s also confusing when people use BB as shorthand for Big Bang.

  • Josh

    i guess people are getting tired of reality shows they have gone done in big numbers
    in the past few years, WOW people found out they are not real amazing or they are tired of the same feeling year after year after year!

  • MichaelChickless

    Posted June 27 by BigBrotherFan
    Blah blah blah HANNIBAL

    Hey, it got 0.8 for the finale!

    ;-) :-)

  • Josh

    real amazing

    real, amazing

  • Fed master

    “What they should do is move Survivor to the summer and pair it with Big Brother.”

    How about, No!

  • The End

    @The American Baking Competiton is really weak

    Nah, it just skews far too old. If it was pulling around a 1.7 onwards, with the same amount of viewers, it’d be considered a minor hit ;)

  • Evan

    Big Brother while down still did decent. CBS will by happy with ratings that stay within the 2.0 area. What summer show can pull in a 2.0 3 times a week?

  • r0ckmypants

    The American Baking Competition held its ratings despite going up against the higher-rated hour of Masterchef… not bad.

    @Patrick Ausgewahlt – It’s even worse when people use TV for The Voice. It’s just ridiculous to use that abbreviation when 1) the show title is so short to begin with, and 2) you are using it on a site discussing TV (television).

  • Dee

    @Randy please go back to your mother. She’s waiting in your bedroom for you.

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