Wednesday TV Ratings: CBS' 'Big Brother' Scores Big in Pandemic Return

Big Brother Season 22 Premiere
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The Wednesday, August 5 premiere of Season 22 of CBS's summer staple, Big Brother, easily grabbed the most attention from viewers, curious to not only have original programming in a quiet August month but also to see if the show would function any differently during a pandemic.

The answer? Other than host Julie Chen Moonves working solo with no studio audience and the two-week quarantine for the 16 houseguests, it was business as usual on the reality hit. The premiere won the night in the 18-49 demo with a strong 1.0 rating. In total viewers, it tied with its CBS timeslot lead-in, freshman competition series Tough As Nails, which only grabbed a 0.5 rating but a strong 3.7 million viewers.

The fifth episode of ABC's new sitcom United We Fall dipped slightly to its series low (3.3 million viewers) but it wasn't such a drop from the previous airings that the network should be fearful of waning interest.

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Here's the breakdown for Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (numbers are fast-affiliate based):

Time ShowAdults 18-49 ratingTotal Viewers (millions)
8 p.m.Tough As Nails  (CBS)0.53.7
United We Fall  (ABC)0.53.3
MasterChef - R (Fox)0.41.5
Chicago Med - R (NBC)0.33.0
The 100   (CW)0.1505,000
8:30 p.m.The Goldbergs - R  (ABC)0.42.0
9:00 p.m.Big Brother – P  (CBS)1.03.7
Chicago Fire – R (NBC)0.33.0
The Conners – R (ABC)0.31.8
Coroner - P  (CW)0.1719,000
9:30 p.m.American Housewife – R (ABC)0.31.5
10 p.m.Chicago P.D. - R  (NBC)0.43.4
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  (ABC)0.31.3