There really wasn’t a lot new on TV on the eve of the July 4th holiday but the ratings for what was on weren’t pretty. Cratering 25% from the 2.2/7 of its Season 15 debut last week, Big Brother (1.6/6) hit a new series low on Wednesday. Vexed off air by recent controversy from online homophobic and racist comments by this season’s contestants, BB’s results last night saw a two tenths drop from the previous tied low of 1.8/5 that veteran reality show had achieved just the day before on July 2. The 8 PM live elimination BB was the highest rated and most watched show of the night with 5.35 million viewers. An America’s Got Talent (1.1/4) repeat on NBC from 8 PM to 10 PM was the second most watched show on Wednesday. The third most watched show of the night was The American Baking Competition (1.2/4) at 9 PM. The Jeff Foxworthy-hosted show drew 4.67 million viewers. Despite the fall of its BB lead-in, the durable reality show stayed steady among the key demo for the fourth week in a row. CBS ended the night with a CSI (0.9/3) encore, which was the fourth most watched show of the night with 4.63 million tuning in. Really the only network with a block of original shows on Wednesday, CBS won the night among adults 18-49 and in total viewers with 4.887 million watching.
Over on ABC, the now cancelled freshman comedy Family Tools (0.6/2) hit a new low as it fell from last week’s previous rock bottom of 0.7/2. Having hit a low on June 26, Nightline: The Lookout (0.7/3) also went down to a new low on Wednesday’s slow TV night. The primetime news magazine show slid two tenths from last week’s show.
Fox and NBC were all repeats on Wednesday. Happy 4th of July.
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