As the nation prepares to celebrate the 4th of July, the networks basically stayed on schedule and went for reality last night in primetime. Not everyone had unscripted, but everyone but ABC had new skin in the game. On the fourth episode of the 16th season of Big Brother (1.8/7) it was spelling bee night. Besides bringing us an evolution of the English language with “caltoru,” there was scheming and shuffling for positioning on the vet CBS reality series. There was also a 22% drop from last week, which ties it with Sunday’s episode for the lowest-rated so far this season. Having said that, on a night when America started to turn off its TVs and go into holiday mode and TV usage was down around 4.5% from last week, Big Brother was the highest-rated and the second-most-watched show of the night with 5.61 million tuning in.
On Fox, the top 20 strutted their stuff on the 2ooth episode of So You Think You Can Dance (1.3/5). Not unexpectedly at this point in the season, the first live performance show of the series’ 11th cycle saw a lot of love from judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and guest judge Jason Derulo. Also, the latter took the stage with Snoop Dogg on the 2-hour show to showcase his hit tune “Wiggle.” With a standing ovation for one couple, it certainly seemed like no one wants to send two contestants home next week. Overall, SYTYCD dipped 7% among adults 18-49 from its June 25 show. Overall for the night, Fox tied with NBC for the top spot with a 1.3/5 rating. NBC had the most viewers with an audience of 6.02 million.
That viewership win was in no small part to a 2-hour America’s Got Talent repeat that kicked off the night for the network and pulled in Wednesday’s largest audience (6.35 million). NBC had another win of sorts with Taxi Brooklyn (1.1/4); the second week of the EuropaCorp Television action/comedy series based on Luc Besson‘s Taxi feature franchise was up 10% from last week’s premiere.
ABC was all encores.