As we await the programming flood of the upcoming season, last night was a bit of a roller coaster on primetime. While Big Brother (2.0/7), the top rated and second most watched (6.34 million) show of the night, was even among adults 18-49 with its August 20 show, lead-out Under The Dome (0.9/3) saw a nice rise. Up 13% from last week, the thriller based on the works of Stephen King took its 10 PM time slot against fellow drama Rookie Blue (0.5/2).
In fact, it was not a good night for the Canadian import cop show on a few levels. With a 17% drop from last week, Rookie Blue hit a series low in the key demo – at least in fast nationals. Lead-in Mistresses (0.8/3), on the other hand, was even with last week.
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Unlike last Thursday, last night was not hit left, right and center by NFL preseason preemptions on the nets. However, this Thursday, like last week, was still a win for CBS with a 1.4/5 rating and viewership of 5.813 million. A nice chunk of that came from the 7.29 million who tuned in for The Big Bang Theory (1.5/6) repeat that started CBS’ primetime.
With a 1.0/4 rating and 4.939 million watching, NBC was second overall for the night. The network’s Food Fighters (0.9/4) was the same as last week’s season high while Dateline Thursday Night Mystery (1.1/4) was steady with a mere 8% slip. Fox’s only original of the night was Boom! (0.7/3). Not that they’ll be feeling slim on that, the unscripted show rose a strong 17% among adults 18-49 over its August 20 airing. The CW’s Beauty and The Beast (0.3/1) was up 50%, or a tenth of a point, over last week.
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