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[07/21/17 - 08:31 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Brother" Keeps CBS on Top
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (7/20/17):

CBS (4.766 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Life in Pieces" (4.594 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Big Brother 19" (5.877 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Zoo" (2.892 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

NBC (4.349 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.876 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "The Wall" (5.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "The Night Shift" (4.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was FOX (2.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.835 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "Love Connection" (2.332 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.489 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes of "Boy Band" (2.267 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.542 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "The Gong Show" (2.659 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, week two of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.778 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Hooten & The Lady" (0.997 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.388 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - Love Connection
+12.50% - Hollywood Game Night (vs. 7/6/17)
0.00% - Big Brother 19
0.00% - The Night Shift
0.00% - Battle of the Network Stars
0.00% - Zoo
0.00% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us
0.00% - Hooten & The Lady
-8.33% - The Wall
-11.11% - Beat Shazam
-14.29% - The Gong Show
-16.67% - Boy Band

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Penn & Teller: Fool Us (vs. DC's Legends of Tomorrow (Repeat))
+75.00% - Love Connection (vs. Home Free)
+12.50% - Hollywood Game Night (vs. Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition)
+10.00% - The Wall (vs. Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition)
+5.88% - Big Brother 19
0.00% - Battle of the Network Stars (vs. Greatest Hits)
0.00% - Hooten & The Lady (vs. Beauty and the Beast)
0.00% - Beat Shazam (vs. Bones)
-14.29% - Zoo (vs. CBS News Special)
-14.29% - The Gong Show (vs. ABC News Special)
-28.57% - Boy Band (vs. BattleBots)
-36.36% - The Night Shift (vs. NBC News Special)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

TBA


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (7/21/16):

CBS (4.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) took home top honors on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.576 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Life in Pieces" (4.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Big Brother 18" (5.609 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "CBS News Special" (3.386 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

NBC (3.520 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the number two draw with a new "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (3.221 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), the season finale of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (3.316 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "NBC News Special" (4.023 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with its trio of "BattleBots" (3.141 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Greatest Hits" (2.889 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "ABC News Special" (3.242 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.741 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the season finale of "Bones" (3.793 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and a new "Home Free" (1.689 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.761 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with a second run "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.777 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.746 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+11.11% - Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition
0.00% - Bones
0.00% - Beauty and the Beast
-10.53% - Big Brother 18
-20.00% - Home Free
-22.22% - BattleBots (vs. 7/7/16)
-22.22% - Greatest Hits

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Beauty and the Beast (vs. Dates)
+33.33% - Bones (vs. Boom!)
+16.67% - BattleBots (vs. The Astronaut Wives Club)
0.00% - Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition - 9:00 (vs. Dateline NBC)
0.00% - Greatest Hits (vs. Mistresses)
0.00% - Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition - 8:00 (vs. Food Fighters)
-5.56% - Big Brother 18
-66.67% - Home Free (vs. Wayward Pines)

In late-night metered market ratings (via NBC's press release):

TBA

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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