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Primetime Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Drives CBS Win

CBS took the top broadcast prize Wednesday, with the season 18 premiere of Big Brother at a 1.8 in adults 18-49 across two hours, per the Nielsen overnights, and the debut of American Gothic at 0.7. That gave CBS a 1.5/6 for the night.

Big Brother debuted to a 2.0 last summer.

Next up was NBC at 1.0/4, then Fox at 0.9/3, ABC at 0.8/3 and The CW at 0.2/1.

NBC had two hours of American Ninja Warrior repeats at 1.0, then a new The Night Shift at 0.9, down 10%.

Fox featured MasterChef at 1.0, down 17%, and Wayward Pines at a flat 0.7.

ABC was in repeats, as was The CW.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.