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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  • JR35

    Something like King of Queens apparently does well in syndication- since it was never a huge over–viewers show, it must have done well in the demo to last as long as it did.

    Especially these days, when reruns in general don’t fare all that well (like the old days- but then again, new episodes of shows don’t perform like the old days), I don’t think that necessarily indicates how a show will perform upon entering syndication.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Leem – “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.”

    How can you say it’s not sinking? It hit a series low last night. Regardless of how it did compared to other shows on the air, it’s still sinking. To deny that makes you the idiot, not anyone else.

  • ChiChi

    If you stuck a fork in Big Brother pus and feces would ooze out!

  • romo

    BB no HD = no watch.

  • Joseph A

    Given the expected dip the day before the 4th , those were pretty good numbers for BB and Baking , PLUS , BB After Dark is also providing content for TVGN , I think it was not bad ,

    As for next year ,, I really hope they bring back Baking , as Summer show

  • BigBrotherFan

    Big Brother is sinking GOOD you’re cast sucks! I can’t believe I’m rooting for that annoying broad Candace and even Elyssa..It’s is THAT bad. Great looking young people YES too but they picked the worst of the worst. Get rid of the annoying motor mouth bimbo Aryn! She’s hot but damn her personality makes her ugly only a idiot with 0 I.Q would hit that (David). She is a total Maneater! The kind of lady that would totally get a guy whipped and pretty much turn him into a b****! One of those broads should pick a fight with her and smack her upside the head. That be great to see

    The nets should of put a slew of old people shows on last night as its the day before 4th of July and only the CSI viewers really watch TV before that. NASHVILLE repeats where like .8’s or .7’s okay so cancel THE LOOKOUT and give NASHVILLE more exposure! Great show!

  • Michael

    The bigotry is disgusting this season on BB15. I’m appalled at their despicable behavior! You’d think Paula Deen and Alec Baldwin were contestants this year.

  • Paleonut

    Last night’s Supernatural ep was one of the best of the season! So glad the writer is continuing with the show… here’s to more to come!

  • rob60990

    “The nets should of put a slew of old people shows on last night as its the day before 4th of July and only the CSI viewers really watch TV before that. NASHVILLE repeats where like .8?s or .7?s okay so cancel THE LOOKOUT and give NASHVILLE more exposure! Great show!”

    You mad CSI is and will always be 10x a bigger hit than LOSER Nashville? And Nashville would not get .7-.8 in reruns during the summer. More like .4-.5.

  • The End

    @BB no HD = no watch.

    I feel the same about The Amazing Race. Some things just belong in HD lol


    Thanks for yesterday.

  • rob60990

    “Modern Family is not a big repeater any week.”

    During the season, it repeats in the high 1s/low 2s, which is good enough for a renewal for originals with those ratings. How the hell is that not a good repeater? We all know you love TBBT but there isn’t a reason to tear down another big hit show to make yours look good. We don’t know how MF will do in syndication. People here swore up and down Castle would bomb in syndication. While it definitely is not a big hit in syndication, it certainly isn’t a bomb either.

  • rob60990

    “Thanks for yesterday.”

    No problem.


  • PurpleDrazi

    I get that it is summer and a holiday to boot but…

    Dang! Those are some nasty ratings.

  • Valentina_

    With all this bad press BB getting i’m not surprised that the ratings are this low! Let it Sink CBS cause the cast is awful and racist ,and the ratings prove it .so CBS can do something about it

  • Cath

    The edit of BB made the horrible contestants look like the nice ones. Why? Hey, CBS, give us another twist and let the audience vote someone off. That would boost the ratings.

    Baking Competition show is fun to watch. It makes a nice summer replacement show and Foxworthy is a great host. Funny and sympathetic. Nice diversion where you don’t have to think after a long day at work. No conniving contestants. The judges seem fair.

  • Valentina_

    BB must die this summer. or someone has to go!

  • BigBrotherFan


    It’s a serial of course it repeats badly, dude.

    It’s too bad that the one who posts here the most is also the dumbest, as well.

    Run along..

  • BigBrotherFan


    They tried that the first season and the show didn’t do so well..Once they put the voting in the contestants (CBS) hands ratings went up (Season two). The format works for the show it was just a horrible cast this year.

    I find there is much diversity among the cast members. The men are meat heats or awkward idiots and the women are catty B****.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Personally I’m rooting for Candace but I don’t watch the LIVE FEEDS

  • fd98

    Robert re: Big Brother

    Well said.

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