Ratings: CBS Sitcom Reruns, New ‘Big Brother’ Dismantle ABC’s ‘BattleBots’ Premiere

NBC’s “Spartan” can’t perform with non-original lead-in


CBS topped Thursday thanks to some solid sitcom reruns and a brand new “Big Brother” episode. The so-called Tiffany Network smashed-up ABC’s “BattleBots” premiere in the process.

The Les Moonves-led broadcaster was first in ratings with a 1.2 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 5 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following repeats, the 9 p.m. ET “Big Brother” posted a 1.7/6 and 5.6 million viewers. Another rerun followed.

ABC was second in ratings with a 1.0/4 and in viewers with 4.1 million. The two-hour “BattleBots” premiere landed a 1.0/4 and 3.9 million viewers. A repeat followed.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 3.3 million. “Bones” at 8 p.m. ET had a 0.9/4 and 4.4 million viewers. At 9, “Home Free” got a 0.5/2 and 2.2 million viewers.

NBC and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, both with a 0.6/2. NBC was fourth in total viewers with 2.3 million viewers, Telemundo was fifth with 1.5 million.

For NBC, following a rerun, “Spartan” received a 0.7/3 and 2.7 million viewers at 9 o’clock. “Aquarius” at 10 managed a 0.4/2 and 1.8 million viewers.

Univision was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 808,000. Following a repeat, “Beauty & the Beast” had a 0.2/1 and 839,000 viewers.