A big showing by Big Brother helped CBS to the Thursday broadcast ratings title. CBS put up a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49, per Nielsen’s overnights, with a 5 share. With repeats on either end, self-starting Big Brother was up 6% to 1.9.
NBC weighed in a 1.0/4, as an Olympic preview special rated a 1.1 before a two-hour American Ninja Warrior repeat.
ABC did a 0.9/4, as BattleBots scored a flat 0.8 and the two-hour Greatest Hits finale jumped 50% to 0.9.
Fox played to a 0.6/2, with the two-hour Home Free finale up 20% to 0.6.
The CW, at 0.3/1 was in repeats.
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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.