Thursday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother' Adjusted Up & Final Football Numbers

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September 6th, 2013

Big Brother September 5

Big Brother was adjusted up a tenth among adults 18-49 versus the preliminary Thursday broadcast ratings. 

The final football ratings are also below. Your predictions were accurate.

Want to know why adjustments occur to the preliminary ratings? Read this.

Broadcast primetime final ratings for Thursday, September 5:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC NFL Opening Kickoff Show 3.7/13 10.12
CBS The Big Bang Theory - R 1.5/5 7.17
ABC Wipeout (8-10:01PM) 1.1/3 3.50
FOX Glee - R 0.6/2 1.75
CW The Vampire Diaries - R 0.3/1 0.67
8:30 NBC NFL Pre-Kick (8:30-9:08PM) 7.1/22 18.03
CBS Two and a Half Men - R 1.3/4 6.19
9:00 NBC NFL Football (9:08PM-12:25AM) 10.3/31 25.13
CBS Big Brother 2.5/7 7.23
FOX New Girl - R 0.5/1 1.40
CW America's Next Top Model - R 0.2/1 0.57
9:30 FOX The Mindy Project - R 0.5/1 1.37
10:00 ABC Rookie Blue (10:01-11PM) 1.0/3 4.24
CBS Elementary - R 0.8/2 3.73


Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Dillan

    Wow, great for BB! I wonder what it would have gotten if the football wasn’t on.

  • Cath

    BB did well despite the football mania.

  • JacobYates

    Are those repeats for New Girl and Mindy Project bad?

  • Mon

    Big Brtoher held up really well against football. I can’t wait for dumb Judd and McCrae to go home. I want to see them realize that they trusted the wrong person. I can’t believe I’m rooting for GM to win. She’s a racist but she’s hilarious – the way she talk and act and not her racial remarks. Elissa did an awful job defending herself to McCrae not nominate her and Judd to use the veto on her. What a waste. She could have pulled it off by telling Judd that Andy and Spencer tried to make him the replacement nominee when she was the HOH and they ALL voted him out last time it’s not just her fault.

  • John A

    Why do Fox repeat New Girl and Mindy Project twice a week? Pathetic numbers. They should just repeat Masterchef.

  • CrimTV

    Watch Big Brother take a freefall due to what is happening in that picture up there ^ :(

  • Greg

    Forgive my ignorance on this, but is there a reason NBC doesn’t always get to show NFL games on Thursday nights during the season? I think it’s pretty safe to say they’re not expecting their sitcoms and Parenthood to get even 20% of those numbers. They could always premiere those shows in January and air them consecutively without reruns.
    (btw, I fully expect CBS will put an end to poor NBC’s Thursday night sitcom lineup this year, but that’s a conversation for another time)

  • 728huey


    The reason NBC does not telecast all the Thursday night games during the season is because their current TV contract only allows them the rights to telecast Sunday night games, the Kickoff Opener (usually featuring the Super Bowl winner from last season), the Thanksgiving night game, and two of the Wild Card Playoff games, as well as rotating the Super Bowl. CBS gets the AFC games, FOX gets the NFC games, ESPN gets Monday night games, and the NFL exercised its right to telecast games on the Thursday nights not being aired on NBC on NFL Network, which is 13 games a season.

  • Greg

    @Huey- Thanks! That was very helpful.

  • DryedMangoez

    Wow, great numbers for BB. But I definitely hope it takes a nosedive until finale. =]

  • omabin

    I don’t think I will watch BB again this season. I will read what happens online probably. I hate that Elissa left, she was the reason I was watching. I could watch for Judd I guess but not after he won veto last night and didn’t use it on her. Not anymore. I hope Elissa gets America’s player and understands that everyone was pulling for her. The season is over for me, I don’t care anymore.

  • CrimTV


    100% agree, as soon as I heard the words “by a vote of 3-0, Elissa you have been evicted from the Big Brother house”, the season ended for me. :(

  • Melanie P.

    @omabin, I agree. Glad Amanda is gone, but hate that Elissa was evicted. I don’t care who wins anymore.

  • Joseph A

    Love those BB #’s , looking forward to seeing the expanded Nielsen numbers when they are available ,,

    Also for those hating on Elissa getting voted out ,, GET A LIFE , She Was a Horrible Ally And For That Reason She Got Booted Last Night ,

  • Sade

    People are hating that she got voted out, because the rest of them are racists and generally unpleasant people.

  • CrimTV

    @Joseph A

    Wtf, telling us to get a life when all we’re doing is supporting someone, when in fact your the one who is hating on ELISSA. You get a life!

  • Mon

    Helen was the horrible ally because she let Amanda pick Howard, Candice, Jessie one by one. Elissa was the one who shook the house that led eventually to 3AM’s end. Sadly, Elissa’s downfall was dumb Judd. Andy has been the rat since the beginning so it wasn’t a surprise he want her gone.

  • Ultima

    Forgive my ignorance on this, but is there a reason NBC doesn’t always get to show NFL games on Thursday nights during the season?

    NFL broadcast packages are very expensive; the current rates for the broadcast networks are $950 million for NBC, $1 billion for CBS and $1.1 billion for FOX.

    All of those are Sunday packages, and subsequently their games are subject to flex scheduling later in the season (i.e. shifting timeslots so that important games get the late afternoon and primetime timeslots).

    Non-Sunday games cannot be flexed because while shifting the time of a game is fine, moving games to different days of the week with little notice is not. Thus, while it is easy to get good match-ups early on (like last night), later in the season you might have two non-contenders playing in primetime and you get stuck with a very lower rated game.

    This was such a problem that ABC was actually losing money on Monday Night Football, so they moved it to ESPN where subscriber fees can help subsidize the lower rated games. At the same time, NBC picked up Sunday Night Football from ESPN and the flex scheduling was introduced to make it a more lucrative package.

    Note that the Thanksgiving day games seem to be immune to this, as they will pull some of the best numbers of the season, no matter who is playing.

  • Joseph A


    ESPN which part of Disney / ABC , paid $1.8 billion per year for the 17 Monday night games , (deal goes through 2021, at a cost of about $105 million per game (this was an increase of 63% over the prior contract)

    As for the cost it is it could have been much less if ESPN / Disney / ABC had not known they could pass it on to Cable / Dish subscribers as part of their base packages.

  • Ultima

    @Joseph A
    As for the cost it is it could have been much less if ESPN / Disney / ABC had not known they could pass it on to Cable / Dish subscribers as part of their base packages.

    I’m trying to find an argument here, but it just seems like whining about the cable business model. Yes, your subscriber fees pay for the content.

    In any case, my point still stands that with the current scheduling model, non-Sunday games are simply not viable on broadcast. That’s why Disney went from losing money with a $550 million a year Monday Night Football package on ABC to making money with a $1.1 billion a year MNF package on ESPN. You need subscriber fees as well as the ability to make your network into a virtual 24/7 NFL home in order to turn a profit with it, which isn’t an option for the broadcast nets.

    Also, Disney/ESPN has to bid high for the package in order to protect themselves from other interested parties (e.g. FOX Sports and NBC Sports, the former of which is known for overbidding to get a slice of the NFL pie… just ask CBS).

    Furthermore, that 63% price increase a couple years back is very similar to what DirecTV and the broadcast networks saw. NFL ad rates had been way out of line with the licensing fees due to the sport’s increase in popularity (although it did peak in 2010, it’s been virtually flat since) combined with the ongoing declines in virtually everything else. It had nothing to do with trying to screw the cable customer, or whatever.

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