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.
PREVIOUS: Last night’s performance finale of The Voice drew a 3.5/10 among adults 18-49 and 12.3 million viewers overall to secure another No. 1 Monday finish for NBC. Compared with last week’s fast national, the show rose 9% in 18-49 (6% from the final as the show is often adjusted up). But versus last season’s penultimate episode, The Voice was down 9%. The Voice also lifted its lead-out, new game show/singing competition The Winner Is (2.0/6), which was up a tenth from last week’s fast national (0.2 from the final, but it may be adjusted down again later today.)
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Another week in the summer season and another reality show makes its debut. Last night it was NBC’s The Winner Is (1.9/6). Created by The Voice co-producers Talpa Media USA, the short-run series hosted by Nick Lachey is a mix of a game show and singing competition series with contestants vying for cash prizes or a verdict from the experts panel. On the ninth-show finale a $1 million grand prize will be up for grabs. The second-most-watched and second-highest-rated show Monday, The Winner Is was up 12% in adults 18-49 from NBC’s premiere of the Mark Burnett-produced Stars Earn Stripes on August 13 last year and down a tenth from the season finale of previous slot occupant Revolution last week. The top summer debut so far on any network, The Winner Is runs for one more Monday before moving to Thursdays on July 11.
A two-hour live performance edition of The Voice (3.2/10) served as The Winner Is‘ undoubtedly helpful lead-in. The night’s most-watched show with 11.54 million viewers, Voice dipped 3% from last week, tying a performance show low as the final five contestants of this season sang two tunes each heading into tonight’s results. As is typical with live shows, though, expect an adjustment in the final numbers later today. With 9.89 million watching, NBC won the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.
NBC has set a few more pieces in its summer schedule puzzle, slotting new unscripted series The Winner Is … and Hollywood Game Night and acquired drama Crossing Lines. The Nick Lachey-hosted The Winner Is …, …