The elimination votes came last night on Big Brother (2.5/8) and they doubled everyone’s expectations. The live one-hour airing of the veteran reality series saw not one but two contestants given the boot on Thursday. The other change of the night was NFL Pre-season football pre-empting the Big 4’s primetime in approximately 15% of the country. That means that last night’s likely inflated fast nationals will probably see a larger adjustment than usual later today. However, with that and the continuing blackout on Time Warner Cable in NY, LA and Dallas in mind, Big Brother remained even with last week’s season high show among adults 18-49. The show also had its second highest viewership of Season 15 so far with 7.08 million watching. Besides BB, CBS was all encores last night. The network won the night both among the key demo with a 1.9/6 and in terms of total viewers with 6.637 million watching.
On NBC, the fun and games came to an end, literally in one case. The inaugural season finale of The Winner Is.. (1.5/5) saw a $1 million winner in the Nick Lachey-hosted show. In fast nationals, the singing competition was up 40% from its August 1 show. The competition continued on Hollywood Game Night (1.5/5) as America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, Josh Gad, Jason Alexander, Niecy Nash, Will Sasso and Today’s Al Roker joined Jane Lynch and the contestants on the self-explanatory show. Hollywood Game Night rose 25% from last week’s tied low.
Wipeout (1.1/4) started ABC’s night with a 8% dip from its August 1 show but Canadian imports Motive (1.0/3) and Rookie Blue (1.2/4) were up 25% and 20% from last week respectively. Motive tied hit a series low and Rookie Blue tied a Season 4 low in its August 1 show.
Fox and The CW were all repeats on Thursday.
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