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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  • HalCapone

    If I recall, Big Bang was only doing marginal ratings prior to its syndication. Syndication absolutely pumped new ratings life into TBBT as new fans were created. Modern Family, I believe actually did better in its 2nd and 3rd year than TBBT in the 18-49 demo rating when ratings are compared for both shows prior to syndication. Both shows have very different vibes. TBBT is a very traditional sitcom with a laugh track so it appeals more to a mass audience than Modern Family. I used to like TBBT years ago but it is no longer funny to be and just seems stale. How much longer can they keep these man/boy nerds obsessing about getting laid? Modern Family will do just fine in syndication as will the first run show on ABC.

  • HalCapone

    Big Brother’s big summer ratings days can only be seen in the rear view mirror now as it begins its quick descent into reality show oblivion and ultimately cancellation in the coming seasons.

  • TV Addict

    I love Big Brother and I actually found some people in this cast that I like. I hope it continues to stay on top and be around for another 15 seasons (though that might be stretching it)

  • Melanie P.

    Glad Elissa got spared this week and David got sent home on BB. He had the personality of a rock! Even in his interview with Julie, he couldn’t really seem to hold a conversation. I read that some of the cast were getting in trouble for some of their lewd comments. Jeremy comes off as a self absorbed bully and Aaryn is a immature and whiny. They both need to go fast.

  • Mon

    Baking did fine. It could have gone below 1.0 but didn’t. It seems Masterchef is hurting it and the repeat last night helped Baking hold its ratings. I hope there’s a season 2.

  • BigBrotherFan

    @tv Addict

    I don’t think it’s a stretch, at all! I can see the show being picked up by a cable station in a few years after CBS cancels it and they would air it unedited giving it a bit more of a lease on life.

    That or..

    The dreaded F LIST Celebrity revamp :s

  • Lori

    This is the worse cast for BB ever. The contestants don’t even know what the game is about. There are probably 5 of them that deserve to be there. All they care about is ” hooking up” or getting TV exposure.

  • The End

    @I can see the show being picked up by a cable station in a few years after CBS cancels it

    I think the more likely outcome is the show being revived a few years after being canceled. Mostly to reignite viewer interest, I don’t see it going anywhere else.

  • The End

    @or getting TV exposure

    Sadly this is one of the downsides of reality tv. The Amazing Race suffers from this too.

  • Andies

    I’m rooting for all the non racist homophobic people on BB.. Let’s go Helen, Howard, Candance, Nick, Judd and Andy…

  • mike

    big brother racist on its 24 hour website hates gays chinese and it shouldnt be tolated they all should be fined


    @TheEnd. The Amazing Race is in HD

  • The End


    Oh yeah sorry, I guess I phrased that wrong. I just meant that after watching the show in HD I could never go back to SD lol

  • Matt

    The bad news is this is the first time with an all new cast in years for Big Brother. The execs are going to chalk the low ratings to this and only bring back veterans every year. Great…

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Meanie P
    “I read that some of the cast were getting in trouble for some of their lewd comments.”

    You need to read a little more throughly. The comments were straight up racist and homophobic and not in any sort of debatable.

    CBS needs to get them out of the house and bring in some new guests.

  • Bob

    Love Big Brother!!!! I do not watch the feed though, just the shows so I don’t see any of the nonsense that is being reported which I am glad. If you just watch the show, it is pretty good. The only thing that is disappointing is that Jeremy voted against his alliance so I hope he gets put out of the house soon. Plus I am glad that two of the ladies were fired from their civilian jobs. What a crazy group of people but again I am only watching the show so I only get what CBS airs which I think in the long run is better and more enjoyable.

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  • fakeem

    Robert: Cosign, sad thing is, if they did show how racist and homophobic almost 1/3 of the cast is, they might actually increase in ratings. Crash tv sometimes does better than it should.

    Leem:A show can drop in ratings and demo while still being #1. It just had to be a monster in the past, like American Idol and Survivor. They used to have bigger ratings, but have dropped in recent years.

  • fakeem

    HalCapone: TBBT is taped in front of an audience, so I doubt they use or need a laugh track.

  • MichaelChickless

    Masterchef repeats pretty well for FOX. Ramsay is a juggernaut.

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