Ratings: ‘Big Brother 14’ premiere down; Brian Williams scores

So did “The Glass House” and all of its nastiness end up hurting “Big Brother 14” in any way in the ratings? While the numbers were down slightly versus last year’s premiere, it was not a substantial-enough difference for us to sit here and blame the ABC rip-off for taking away viewers or burning out the genre (as much as we would like to).

CBS – Overall, “Big Brother” drew a 2.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic that is still something that the network is likely pretty pleased with. After all, it is one of their best ratings of the entire┬ásummer, and the show is not extremely expensive and they get three nights a week out of it.

What is surprising, though, is that a repeat of “The Big Bang Theory” still won the night with a 2.8.

Fox – For the first time really all season, the one-two punch of “Take Me Out” and “The Choice” really ended up faring the same in the ratings. Both posted nearly identical viewerships of around 3 million, as well as 1.2 ratings in the demo. Translation: neither is going to be around for another season.

ABC – Speaking of shows doomed to be canceled, “Duets” continued to draw its woeful 1.0 rating for what was its penultimate episode, whereas their two shows likely to stick around for a while longer — in “Wipeout” and the already-renewed “Rookie Blue” — posted a 1.7 and a 1.3.

NBC – Are people starting finally jump on board “Rock Center with Brian Williams”? Despite having a lead-in in “Saving Hope” that really is hopeless to be honest, its 1.2 rating and five million viewers were some of the show’s best numbers in six months.

What did you end up watching Thursday night, and do you think a drop as modest as two-tenths of a ratings point bodes well for the rest of “Big Brother” this season? Be sure to check out some of our latest live feed reports, and we also have a review of Thursday’s episode in the sidebar to the right.

Photo: CBS

Source: TVbythenumbers

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