"Big Brother" picked up ratings steam last week, with all three editions ranking among the frame's top five programs in young adults as CBS finished atop the weekly rankings in demos for the first time since mid-spring.
The Eye also got contributions from firstrun dramas "Under the Dome" and "Extant," even if the latter Halle Berry-fronted drama didn't wow in its bow demo-wise. They were the frame's top two scripted programs in adults 18-49 and 25-54, and "Extant" was No. 1 for the week in total viewers.
NBC and Univision (all at 1.1 rating/4 share) and ABC (1.0/4). With the tie, NBC was able to extend its summer streak of finishing on top in the demo every week except the two NBA Finals frames when ABC won; and the Peacock would have won outright last week if its "America's Got Talent" were an original rather than a repeat.
CBS prevailed outright in adults 25-54 (1.5 to 1.4 for NBC) and rolled in total viewers (5.6 million to 4.6 million for NBC), winning in the latter for the fourth consecutive week. Univision ranked first in adults 18-34 for the fourth straight week.
Though USA edged ahead for the week's cable lead in 18-49 and 25-54, TNT was tops among total viewers in cable primetime, thanks to the week's three most popular cable series: "Rizzoli & Isles," "Major Crimes" and "The Last Ship."
Fox News Channel was back in the top 5 in total viewers and No. 2 in households, boosted by coverage of the unrest in the Gaza Strip as well as the U.S. border situation.
Looking at the week's highest-rated entertainment programs, CBS' "Big Brother" claimed the top two in 18-49 with its hours on Sunday (2.2/8 in 18-49, 6.63 million viewers overall) and Thursday (2.1/7 in 18-49, 6.20 million viewers overall), with Wednesday's edition at No. 4 (1.9/7 in 18-49, 6.03 million viewers overall).
"Under the Dome" dropped off in its second week (1.7/5 in 18-49, 7.70 million viewers overall), though it was back on the upswing on Monday of this current week. And Wednesday's premiere of sci-fi drama "Extant" (1.6/5 in 18-49, 9.58 million viewers overall) underwhelmed in the young-adults demo -- drawing less than half what "Dome" opened to with its huge premiere of last summer -- even if it drew a sizable overall audience. Still, in 18-49 it ties with NBC's "The Night Shift" as summer's top series premiere in 18-49.
CBS switched Sunday timeslots for "Unforgettable" (0.9/3 in 18-49, 6.02 million viewers overall) and "Reckless" (0.5/2 in 18-49, 3.94 million viewers overall) with a slight net gain, though the latter is clearly struggling.
At NBC, Monday's "American Ninja Warrior" (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.29 million viewers overall) won its two-hour slot in 18-49, including head-to-head with "Under the Dome" (1.8 to 1.7). And an encore "America's Got Talent" on Wednesday (1.5/5 in 18-49, 6.02 million viewers overall) battled "Extant" to a demo draw at 9 o'clock (both at 1.6 rating in 18-49).
The net bowed new Thursday comedies "Welcome to Sweden" (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.51 million viewers overall) and "Working the Engels" (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.73 million viewers overall) to modest numbers, though the block was competitive in 18-49 with the originals on ABC and Fox in the same 9 o'clock hour. Among scripted dramas, "The Night Shift" continues to do well on Tuesdays (1.3/4 in 18-49, 6.36 million viewers overall), even with a reduced lead-in last week, but "Crossbones" is struggling on Friday (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.60 million viewers overall).
ABC saw the best numbers in a month for "The Bachelorette" (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.99 million viewers overall) and five-week highs for "Extreme Weight Loss" (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.50 million viewers overall).
And on Sunday, a big lead-in from the late-afternoon World Cup Final boosted "America's Funniest Home Videos" (1.5/6 in 18-49, 6.27 million viewers overall) to big week-over-week gains, and that in turn lifted "Wipeout" to its best scores since the summer of 2012 (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.78 million viewers overall). "Rising Star" grew by a smaller one tenth (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.76 million viewers overall), but a gain is a gain at this point for the young show, which has underwhelmed to date.
Fox continued to see two reality vets -- "MasterChef" and "So You Think You Can Dance" -- head in opposite directions. Six weeks after "So You Think You Can Dance" opened to the slightly higher 18-49 score (1.6 to 1.5), "MasterChef" grew for a second straight week to hit a season-high (2.0/7 in 18-49, 5.86 million viewers overall), but "Dance" tumbled to a low (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.74 million viewers overall).
The net's scripted originals, "24: Live Another Day" (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.96 million viewers overall) and "Gang Related" (0.7/3 in 18-49, 2.34 million viewers overall), held at their previous week's levels.
In cable, TNT was boosted by the week's No. 3 cable original in 18-49, "Rizzoli & Isles" (season-high 1.1/4 in 18-49, 5.13 million viewers overall), and No. 4 "The Last Ship" (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.56 million viewers overall); "Ship" was the No. 1 cable original in adults 25-54, and "Rizzoli" placed second.
FX opened Guillermo del Toro drama "The Strain" to solid numbers on Sunday (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.99 million viewers overall), coming in well ahead of recent premieres on the net: "The Bridge," "Fargo" and "Tyrant." It ties with TNT's "The Last Ship" as the top-rated original cable series of the summer.
ABC Family had a good week, with all six of its scripted originals rising from the previous week -- including rookie "Chasing Life" (0.54 in 18-49, 1.21 million viewers overall), which drew its largest 18-49 aud in its five airings to date. Overall, it ranked second among cable networks in adults 18-34, behind Adult Swim.
CNN's new John Walsh program "The Hunt" got off to a promising start on Sunday, averaged nearly 1 million viewers and beating the net's news competition in the 9 p.m. timeslot. "Hunt" drew 330,000 adults 25-54, besting "The Sixties" (284,000) as the top-rated debut of an original series on the network.
Bigger 'Big Brother' Puts CBS on Top in Weekly Demo Race for the First Time This Summer
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