Ratings: ‘Big Brother 18’ rises as ‘Aquarius’ season 2, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ steady

Big Brother -The official ratings for last night’s TV lineup are in, and for the most part, it’s easy to have one sentiment about them: Indifference. After all, there’s nothing that notable that happened, but there were enough shows on the air that it is still worthwhile to write up a little bit of a report here.

Let’s start with what what to us is one of the few bits of good news that we have to report: “Big Brother 18” continuing to fare pretty solidly in its second Thursday on the air. While a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic is not a substantial improvement, this is the show continuing to prove that it has one of the most loyal followings out there. We’d say that we are worried about the season going in a predictable direction, but the ratings for past predictable seasons (see season 12 or season 16) do not demonstrate any evidence that this causes people to really tune out.

Elsewhere, there were a lot of steady numbers, in particular with “Beauty and the Beast” (0.2) on The CW and “Aquarius” (0.4) on NBC. Granted, neither one of these numbers probably matters much in the big picture, given that the former is in its final season and the latter has ratings so low we’d almost have a heart attack if it is brought back.

As for some other unscripted programming, “BattleBots” over on ABC dropped to a 0.9, the premiere of “Greatest Hits” drew a decent 1.1, and “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” improved to a 1.0. Given that it’s summer, none of these numbers are horrible.

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