TV Ratings Wednesday: ‘Big Brother’ premieres lower, ‘American Gothic’ struggles


Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The numbers for Wednesday, featuring the return of a summer reality staple and slightly down ratings for a couple other originals:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) (8-10 p.m.) – P 1.8/7 6.14
Masterchef (FOX) 1.0/4 3.73
American Ninja Warrior (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) – R 1.0/4 3.56
The Middle (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.82
Arrow (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.80
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.34
9 p.m. Modern Family (ABC) – R 0.9/4 3.44
Wayward Pines (FOX) 0.7/3 2.36
Supernatural (The CW) – R 0.3/1 0.94
9:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.09
10 p.m. The Night Shift (NBC) 0.9/4 4.27
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) – R 0.8/3 2.73
American Gothic (CBS) – P 0.7/3 3.53
10:30 p.m. The Real O’Neals (ABC) – R 0.7/3 2.20


“Big Brother” opened its 18th season on CBS to somewhat lower ratings than last year. The show scored a 1.8 in adults 18-49, down 0.3 from last year’s premiere. The debut of drama “American Gothic” didn’t go so well either, managing only a 0.7.

A couple of the night’s other originals were down as well. “Masterchef” fell two tenths vs. last week to a 1.0 on FOX, and “The Night Shift” (0.9) dipped a tenth on NBC. “Wayward Pines” was steady at 0.7 for FOX.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.5/6 1.0/4 0.8/3 0.8/3  0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.27 3.79 3.10 3.04 0.87


Late-night metered market ratings (adults 18-49, households):

11:35 p.m.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”: 0.8/4, 2.4/6

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 0.6/3, 1.7/4

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”: 0.3/2, 1.7/4

12:35 a.m.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers”: 0.4/3, 1.2/4

“Nightline”: 0.3/2, 1.2/4

“The Late Late Show with James Corden”: 0.2/2, 0.9/3

: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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