For the second night in a row, CBS’s reality show “Big Brother” handed the network a win in both the key 18-49 demographic and total viewers on Thursday. Meanwhile, ABC’s “NY Med” scored its most-watched episode ever, according to preliminary numbers.
CBS took first place Thursday in the demo with a 1.5 rating and in total viewers with 5.7 million. “Big Brother” at 8 p.m. was the night’s top program, scoring a 2.3 rating — even with Wednesday night’s season premiere and up marginally from last season’s Night Two. In total viewers, “Big Brother” had 6.2 million total viewers — slightly off from Wednesday’s premiere but up from last season’s second night.
The network ran repeats for the remainder of the night.
Fox was second place in the demo with a 1.3/5 and third in total viewers with 3.7 million. “Hell’s Kitchen” at 8 drew a 1.7/7 with 4.8 million total viewers, while “Gang Related” the following hour tied with last week in the demo to match a series low of 0.8/3 and drew 2.5 million total viewers.
Univision was third in the demo with a 1.2/4 and fifth in total viewers with 3 million.
NBC took fourth in ratings and total viewers with a 0.9/3 and 3.1 million. Following a repeat of “Hollywood Game Night” at 8, the freshman series “Undateable” at 9 took a slight hit when faced with competition from “Big Brother,” dipping 11 percent to a series low of 0.8/3 with 2.8 million total viewers. A second episode at 9:30 held steady with the earlier episode in the demo and drew 2.6 million total viewers. (“Undateable was second in the demo for the hour, behind “Big Brother.”) “Last Comic Standing” at 10 won the hour in the demo, but nonetheless slid 29 percent from the previous week in the demo for a 1.0/3, a series low for originals, and had 3.2 million total viewers.
ABC was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/3 and second in total viewers with 4.8 million. “Black Box” at 8 was down 14 percent versus last week for a series low of 0.6/2 and took 3.9 million total viewers, while “Rookie Blue” the following hour slid 27 percent to a 0.8/3 with 4.9 million total viewers. The season premiere of “NY Med” at 10 had a 0.9/3, down 25 percent from its series premiere two summers ago, but had its most-watched episode to date with 5.5 million total viewers.
More to come…