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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  • Melanie P.

    @Anthony Parello,

    You don’t need to sound so harsh towards me. I wrote that comment before I read exactly what was said. I don’t watch/subscribe any of the live feeds like some of you do and stay away from the spoilers. I went back and read the comments that Aaryn and Ginamarie made and yes they were indeed homophobic and racist and now they have both been fired from their day jobs because of it. So glad because I don’t care for either of them really, especially Aaryn and now since they made the comments, I will be glad when they are gone and wish CBS would quickly send them packing.

  • MichaelChickless

    The Lookout couldn’t even beat a repeat CSI.

  • Jon

    It amazes me that 15 years later people still care about a show like big brother. I remember watching one episode back the year it came out. I said then that this was the dumbest show I had ever seen. In my next breath I said it will probably be a big hit. People love and still crave lowest common denominator television.

  • shawn

    Although I agree with most of the others comments that the racist comments and the homophobia has hurt BB’s ratings, I think the main reasons the ratings are down is that CBS really hurt BB by moving BB After Dark to TVGN and the way the handled the live feeds with our northern neighbors. Censoring the after Dark Show and cutting the after dark show to two hours really doesn’t give us viewers the opportunity to see the house guest as they really are thus we viewers lose that connection to the house guest. CBS really really screwed themselves with this move. I also feel that ALOT of viewers are sick an tired of CBS’s obvious involvement and manipulation of the house guest, the comps, and outcome. What a shame. It was a good show and concept and they had to mess with it. Dumb dumb dumb.

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