Ratings: NBC Spikes ‘Big Brother’ With Hall of Fame NFL Game

Sorry, rest of broadcast — football is back

Dallas Cowboys

You had your fun, “Big Brother,” but now NFL games are back. Or at least, the preseason ones are.

Thursday’s Hall of Fame Game on NBC crushed its broadcast competition, as the Dallas Cowboys edged the Arizona Cardinals 20-18.

CBS finished in a very clear second place last night, for whatever that’s worth.

NBC was first in ratings with a 2.3 rating/10 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. The game took up the entirety of primetime.

Due to the nature of live sports, however, those fast national numbers for NBC should be considered subject to change. However, the more-accurate metered markets make the Cowboys “W” the No. 1 Hall of Fame Game in six seasons.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.1/5 and in viewers with 4.8 million. Following reruns, “Big Brother” at 9 p.m. earned a 1.9/8 and 6.3 million viewers. “Zoo” at 10 received a 0.5/2 and 2.7 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 2.5 million. “Beat Shazam” at 8 had a 0.8/4 and 2.7 million viewers. At 9, “Love Connection” got a 0.6/2 and 2.2 million viewers.

Telemundo was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/3 and sixth in viewers with 1.496 million.

ABC and Univision tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.5/2. ABC was fourth in total viewers with 2.4 million, Univision was fifth with 1.7 million.

For ABC, “Boy Band” at 8 managed a 0.5/2 and 2.4 million viewers. At 9, “Battle of the Network Stars” received a 0.6/2 and 2.5 million viewers. “The Gong Show” at 10 finished prime to a 0.6/2 and 2.3 million viewers.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.464 million. At 8, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” had a 0.4/2 and 1.6 million viewers. At 9, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” got a 0.4/2 and 1.3 million viewers. A rerun followed.