Wednesday TV Ratings: CBS' 'Big Brother' Scores Big in Pandemic Return
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.
Here's the breakdown for Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (numbers are fast-affiliate based):
|Time||Show||Adults 18-49 rating||Total Viewers (millions)|
|8 p.m.||Tough As Nails (CBS)||0.5||3.7|
|United We Fall (ABC)||0.5||3.3|
|MasterChef - R (Fox)||0.4||1.5|
|Chicago Med - R (NBC)||0.3||3.0|
|The 100 (CW)||0.1||505,000|
|8:30 p.m.||The Goldbergs - R (ABC)||0.4||2.0|
|9:00 p.m.||Big Brother – P (CBS)||1.0||3.7|
|Chicago Fire – R (NBC)||0.3||3.0|
|The Conners – R (ABC)||0.3||1.8|
|Coroner - P (CW)||0.1||719,000|
|9:30 p.m.||American Housewife – R (ABC)||0.3||1.5|
|10 p.m.||Chicago P.D. - R (NBC)||0.4||3.4|
|Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)||0.3||1.3|