There really wasn’t a lot new on TV on the eve of the July 4th holiday but the ratings for what was on weren’t pretty. Cratering 25% from the 2.2/7 of its Season 15 debut last week, Big Brother (1.6/6) hit a new series low on Wednesday. Vexed off air by recent controversy from online homophobic and racist comments by this season’s contestants, BB’s results last night saw a two tenths drop from the previous tied low of 1.8/5 that veteran reality show had achieved just the day before on July 2. The 8 PM live elimination BB was the highest rated and most watched show of the night with 5.35 million viewers. An America’s Got Talent (1.1/4) repeat on NBC from 8 PM to 10 PM was the second most watched show on Wednesday. The third most watched show of the night was The American Baking Competition (1.2/4) at 9 PM. The Jeff Foxworthy-hosted show drew 4.67 million viewers. Despite the fall of its BB lead-in, the durable reality show stayed steady among the key demo for the fourth week in a row. CBS ended the night with a CSI (0.9/3) encore, which was the fourth most watched show of the night with 4.63 million tuning in. Really the only network with a block of original shows on Wednesday, CBS won the night among adults 18-49 and in total viewers with 4.887 million watching.

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Over on ABC, the now cancelled freshman comedy Family Tools (0.6/2) hit a new low as it fell from last week’s previous rock bottom of 0.7/2. Having hit a low on June 26, Nightline: The Lookout (0.7/3) also went down to a new low on Wednesday’s slow TV night. The primetime news magazine show slid two tenths from last week’s show.

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Julie get it together! This show sucks!
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I have been such a faithful viewer over the years but I am so disappointed this year....
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Matthew, did you really spend that much time and energy commenting on Big Brother? You are smart,...

Fox and NBC were all repeats on Wednesday. Happy 4th of July.