The major networks all had lower national clearances as a result of the NFL exhibition games, with "Big Brother" seen in 96% of the country (including delays that pushed it past 11 p.m. in some markets), NBC's "Last Comic Standing" in 95%, and the ABC's "Rookie Blue" in just 91%.
NBC and ABC also preempted their lineups for about 12 minutes at around 9:30 p.m. ET as President Obama told the nation that the U.S. has authorized limited airstrikes in Iraq.
Looking at the "live plus same-day" national estimates released Friday afternoon by Nielsen, CBS followed repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (2.1 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 8.32 million viewers overall) and "Mom" (1.8/7 in 18-49, 6.75 million viewers overall) with "Big Brother" (2.3/8 in 18-49, 6.54 million viewers overall) -- the night's top show in 18-49.
Auds tuned in for the special double-eviction night on "Big Brother," enabling it to rise a tenth from last week to match its highest demo rating on any night this season. A higher-rated-than-usual "Elementary" repeat capped the night for CBS (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.89 million viewers overall).
At ABC, reality show "The Quest" (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.19 million viewers overall) was seen in 93% of the country, coming in down a tenth from its quiet bow of last week. "Rookie Blue" (0.8/2 in 18-49, 4.59 million viewers overall), with preemptions in nearly 10% of the country, matched its season low but the episode probably won't count in its averages. And "NY Med" (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.99 million viewers overall), seen in 92% of the country, was down a tenth from last week; the medical docudrama was the 10 o'clock hour's most-watched program overall.
NBC opened with a repeat "Hollywood Game Night" (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.52 million viewers overall), which again beat ABC's firstrun "Quest." It was followed by firstrun comedies "Welcome to Sweden" (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.19 million viewers overall) and "Working the Engels" (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.87 million viewers overall), which were both down a tick to their lows. At 10 p.m., "Last Comic Standing" (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.40 million viewers overall) declined by a tenth but remained ahead of its broadcast competition in 18-49.
Fox aired a repeat "Sleepy Hollow" (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.59 million viewers overall), followed by an original "Gang Related" (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.01 million viewers overall). With preemptions that limited its clearance to 96%, "Gang" was down a tenth to its low.
National 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.8/6; NBC, 0.8/3; ABC, 0.7/3; Fox, 0.5/2; CW, 0.3/1.
In total viewers: CBS, 6.26 million; ABC, 3.85 million; NBC, 3.07 million; Fox, 1.80 million; CW, 0.61 million.
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