Ratings: Big Brother Returns Down, MasterChef Rises, ABC's Parents Ends on a Low Note

Ratings Big Brother 15 premiereCBS’ Big Brother on Wednesday opened its door to 6.3 million total viewers, while scoring a 2.1 rating — numbers good enough to top and tie MasterChef in the 8 o’clock hour, yet off 12 and 19 percent from a year ago to match its circa-2008 low for a premiere.

BB15 was also down from the 14th edition’s finale, which did 7.4 mil/2.5.

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Leading out of that, The American Baking Competition held steady in its new later time slot, drawing 5.1 mil and a 1.2.

Fox’s aforementioned MasterChef averaged 5.7 mil and a 2.3 rating, up a smidgen on both counts week-to-week.

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ABC’s Family Tools (2.9 mil/0.7) dropped 19 percent and two tenths, hitting a new demo low. The series finale of How to Live With Your Parents (3 mil/0.9) slipped 10 percent and another tenth, ending with an all-time low.