June 27, 2013



Big Brother wasn’t so big last night.

Daily Comparison 2013 Wed Jun 26

CBS:  BIG BROTHER premiered with a 2.1 preliminary adult 18-49 rating last night, down half a point from the 2.6 rating last year when it premiered in its more traditional post-Independence Day position on July 12, and tied its lowest premiere ever 5 years ago.  THE AMERICAN BAKING COMPETITION stayed even at 1.2 in its new 9PM slot, tying a 10PM rerun of CRIMINAL MINDS.

FOX:  Gordon Ramsey continues to deliver for FOX, as the back-to-back two-hour combo of MASTERCHEF was up 7% from So You Think You Can Dance last year in the same time period, with both hours up 0.1 from last week to 2.1/2.4, the latter being last night’s top network show.

ABC:  The final episode of HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS (FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE) crawled out with a series low 0.9, still better than the 0.7 for a new episode of FAMILY TOOLS.  At 10PM, THE LOOKOUT had a 0.9.  The network’s highest rated show of the night was its rerun of MODERN FAMILY with 1.1.

NBC:  The night’s highlight was 1.2 for DATELINE.

CW:  Reruns at 0.4/0.4.

After 2 weeks off for basketball, the ABC line-up of WIPEOUT, MOTIVE and ROOKIE BLUE returns tonight.  The only other network with fresh programming is FOX.


About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."