Ratings: Even as NFL Kickoff Dominates, Big Brother Surges, Rookie Blue Ticks Up

Ratings_SundayNightFootballDing, dong, the witches (plural) are now dead.

CBS’ Big Brother, with its Thursday-night double eviction, drew 7.1 million total viewers and a 2.4 demo rating, surging some 33 percent week-to-week. Those numbers mark the show’s second-largest Thursday audience and best demo delivery since Aug. 8.

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NBC’s Sunday Night Football Thursday kick-off meanwhile dominated the night, averaging 25 million total viewers and a 10.0 demo rating based on very preliminary/almost-reckless-to-mention/Matt-should-update-later data for a live sporting event.

Over on ABC, Wipeout returned to 3.5 mil/1.1, up 38 percent in the demo versus Motive‘s finale, while Rookie Blue‘s penultimate Season 4 episode (4.2 mil/1.0) ticked up a tenth in the demo. To date, Rookie Blue is enjoying its most watched season in three years.

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Among non-sports programming, a Big Bang Theory rerun commanded the largest audience — 7.3 million.

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  1. Kim R says:

    Rookie Blue! I was glued until the very last minute last night. Wow!

  2. wrstlgirl says:

    Haven’t had the chance to watch Rookie Blue yet but very happy to see these kind of ratings. It really is a great show.

    It will be interesting to see how BB ratings are next week because everyone (supposedly, not me) is mad because Elissa was evicted and they are urging people to stop watching because of it. Every time I see crap like this I literally laugh out loud. I mean, of course, everyone is allowed their own opinion but to craft a boycott because your favorite didn’t win is pathetic.

  3. A says:

    “Ding, dong, the witches (plural) are dead.” Matt, why did you refer to Elissa as a witch? She wasn’t horrible like most of the other houseguests this season and she was the least offensive person left in the house.

  4. kiks says:

    Really liked Rookie Blue. Its such a great summer show and Gregory Smith did a fantastic job directing last night’s episode. It deserves the good ratings and much more. So glad its coming back next season (thanks ABC!). The characters are relatable and the story lines are not too heavy.