Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Returns CBS to Wednesday Winning Ways

“Salvation” maintains last week’s modest start in main demo

Cody on 'Big Brother'
Cody on 'Big Brother'

Last week, ABC’s ESPY Awards disrupted Nielsen’s typical TV ratings results. Well, now everything is pretty much back to normal.

CBS finished first outright in primetime averages last night, thanks almost solely to “Big Brother.”

The network has now won three of the reality series’ four Summer 2017 Wednesdays. That lone loss? You guessed it, ESPYs night.

CBS was first in ratings with a 1.0 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 4.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Big Brother” at 8 p.m. scored a 1.8/8 and 6.2 million viewers. “Salvation” at 9 received a 0.7/3 and 4.3 million viewers. A rerun followed.

Fox was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and third in viewers with 2.8 million. “MasterChef” at 8 had a 1.1/5 and 3.4 million viewers. “The F Word” at 9 got a 0.7/3 and 2.1 million viewers.

NBC and ABC tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.6. NBC had a 3 share, ABC got a 2. NBC was second in total viewers with 3.6 million; ABC was fourth with 2.4 million, airing all repeats.

For NBC, “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” at 8 landed a 0.8/4 and 5.8 million viewers. “The Carmichael Show” at 9 received a 0.7/3 and 3.3 million viewers. Reruns followed.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.5 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.4 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 805,000, running just repeats.