TV Ratings Wednesday: 'Big Brother', 'The Lookout' and 'Family Tools' All Hit Lows on Slow Pre-4th Wednesday

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July 4th, 2013


Scoreboard CBS NBC FOX ABC CW x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.2/4 1.0/4 1.0/4 0.7/3 0.3/1 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.7/3 0.7/2 1.0/3 0.4/2 0.2/1 x
Total Viewers (million) 4.887 4.334 2.700 2.809 0.924 x

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

Big Brother earned a series low 1.6, down two tenths from yesterday's series low 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, and down a sharp six tenths from last week's  2.2 adults 18-49 rating. The American Baking Competition matched last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Family Tools notched a new series low with a 0.6, down a tenth from last week's series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating. The Lookout also hit a new series low with a 0.7, down two tenths from last week's series low 0.9  adults 18-49 rating.


Overnight ratings for Wednesday, July 3, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS Big Brother 1.6 6 5.35
NBC America's got Talent -R (8-10PM) 1.1 4 5.20
FOX Masterchef (8-9PM) -R 1.0 4 2.78
ABC The Middle -R 0.7 3 3.12
CW Arrow -R 0.3 1 1.01
8:30PM ABC Family Tools 0.6 2 2.38
9:00PM CBS American Baking Competition 1.2 4 4.67
FOX Masterchef (9-10PM) -R 1.0 4 2.62
ABC Modern Family -R 0.8 3 3.00
CW Supernatural -R 0.3 1 0.84
9:30PM ABC The Neighbors -R 0.6 2 2.24
10:00PM CBS CSI -R 0.9 3 4.63
ABC The Lookout 0.7 3 3.05
NBC Chicago Fire -R 0.7 2 2.70


In Late-Night Metered Markets Wednesday night:
  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 2.2/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 1.9/5.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.6/3 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.2/4 in metered-market households and a 0.4/2 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) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.9/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/3 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.8/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

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  • Joe.

    Ouch at BB. Must not like the racist people.

  • fouratsakka

    nbc’s AGT repeats good

  • Chris

    As a BB fan,I’m so tired of this years cast,too many racist remarks and a few bullies,have turned me off..I will give it 2 more weeks…then I’ll see if I will continue watching…

  • John A

    Nice to see Big Brother keep sinking.

  • CrimTV

    3.35 million for Big Brother?

  • Billy

    Anybody who thinks Modern Family is going to do much in syndication better think again. That show does not repeat very well.

  • Oliver

    I wonder whether CBS will renew American Baking Competition. It’s low but it hasn’t dipped, and a bit of patience might reward the network.

  • Toni

    The Neighbors repeat performed good.

  • Oliver

    I wouldn’t read anything into these results. It’s a holiday. Young-skewing shows especially struggle during holidays.

    I can see The Middle doing really well in syndication, though.

  • Vincent

    Isn’t anyone commenting paying attention to the overall numbers? BB still won its time slot, the night, and the 18-49 demo. Across the board the night was low. BB is doing what it has done every summer since 2000: win the slow summer nights.

  • Clarke

    YIKES, Big Brother is not doing great. The unlikable cast this season probably has a lot to do with its low numbers.

    Glad to see ABC is repeating the Neighbors, but I wish they would repeat both it and LMS on Fridays this summer, so people can become accustomed to that schedule for the fall.

  • HV

    “a new series low..down…from last week’s series low” lol

  • Billy


    Modern Family is not a big repeater any week. It is much more in the family of HIMYM than The Big Bang Theory or Two and a Half Men. Those shows are big repeaters and do great in syndication. Modern Family is not a big repeater, and will not do well in syndication. Younger skewing shows do not do well in syndication.

  • Robert

    As a fifteen year long fan of the show, I’m glad to see Big Brother’s ratings sinking. The casting is terrible this time around – racist, homophobic people, and the network refuses to air the truth about them and instead edit them into perfect angels. Hope the ratings continue to sink and they fire Alison Groedner.

  • Dennis

    The Neighbors is being repeated this summer?
    Thats good news I guess! :D

    Not to made numbers for it either

    And ROFL at Flop Detector
    “After 15 years big brother is now a flop”

    BAHHAHA ejiit

  • Canadian BB Fan

    This is the first time ever CBS is refusing to let Canadians subscribe to the live 24/7 internet feeds. So i’m thrilled it’s hitting series lows.

    Instead of refusing money from Canadians maybe CBS should accept our money and use it to produce the show in HD. Unless they like being the only network show in SD.

    ONLY CBS is right, ONLY CBS would be this cheap.

  • Leem

    Idiots, big brother is not sinking, NUMBER 1 SHOW every night.

  • Kissan

    If people want to know MF begins its syndication Tuesday September 24th at 8/7c on USA.

  • Sam

    Scoreboard CBS NBC FOX ABC CW x
    Adults 18-49: rating/Share 1.2/4 1.0/4 1.0/4 0.7/3 0.3/1 x
    Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.7/3 0.7/2 1.0/3 0.4/2 0.2/1 x
    Total Viewers (million) 4.887 4.334 2.700 2.809 0.924 x

    What the hell is X?

  • David Howell

    Big Brother’s still doing a useful job for CBS, but not to nearly the extent it was doing a couple of years ago.

    More to the point, the criticism of this season might just dent it for the remainder of its lifespan. It’s a good job CBS have now seemingly got a scripted summer hit…

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