Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Slips, But Wins; ‘Marriage Ref’ Climbs 25% — to 10th Place

Jerry Seinfeld’s ailing reality series receives some much-needed good news amid a repeat-heavy night

Last Updated: July 18, 2011 @ 9:29 AM

Despite a 4 percent decline from last week, "Big Brother" won the night's top honors, while NBC's recently suffering "The Marriage Ref" showed a glimmer of hope in the ratings, according to preliminary numbers.

"Big Brother," on CBS at 8 p.m., drew a 2.4 rating/7 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, down slightly from Sunday, and 6.8 million total viewers for the top-rated slot of the evening. The network's primetime roster otherwise consisted of repeats.

NBC's sole original programming of the night, "The Marriage Ref" at 10, enjoyed a 25 percent improvement over last week's ratings. with a 1.0/3 in the demo and 3.1 million total viewers — a welcome change for a series that premiered its second season three weeks ago to a 20 percent decline from its first-season premiere, and had its lowest-rated episode ever last Sunday.

But despite the dramatic improvement over last week's ratings, the show still tied for 10th place for the evening, with the "America's Got Talent" repeat that preceded it.

Fox ran repeats throughout the evening, as did ABC.