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Primetime Ratings: CBS Wins With ‘Big Brother’

CBS took the Wednesday ratings crown, posting a 1.4 rating in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, on the return of Big Brother. CBS had a 6 share for the night. It easily beat runner-up Fox (at 0.8/4), which won the previous Wednesday. 

Big Brother scored a 1.7 across two hours and was followed by a repeat. Big Brother debuted last season at 1.8 and did a 2.0 in its finale. 

Fox had MasterChef up 11% at 1.0, then The F Word with Gordon Ramsay off 14% at 0.6. 

NBC was at 0.6/3, with Little Big Shots: Forever Young at 0.9 and The Carmichael Show at 0.7 and then repeats. Both shows were down a tenth of a point. 

ABC was just behind at 0.6/2 with repeated comedies, then To Tell the Truth at a flat 0.6. 

The CW was at 0.2/1 with repeats.  

Telemundo and Univision both did a 0.5/2 in prime. 

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.