There was the second live eviction of this season on Big Brother (1.8/7) last night, but the real drama was the dead-even 1.1/5 demo result that CBS and NBC had on Thursday.
As the Comcast-owned net juiced its Thursday schedule with an America’s Got Talent (1.2/5) best-of-the-auditions show, NBC saw The Wall (1.2/5) rise up 20% among adults 18-49 from last week. With Hollywood Game Night jettisoned as its lead-in last night, The Wall also had a 31% increase in total viewers over its July 6 show to 6.05 million. Add to that an even The Night Shift (0.7/3), which hit a season high of 4.4 million viewers in the 10 PM slot, and the net was up 33% overall from last week in the 18-49.
Viewership-wise, NBC was tops with 5.8 million to CBS’ 4.82 million as that AGT clip episode was the most-watched show of the night with 6.93 million tuning in.
For the House of Moonves, with BB dipping a tenth from last week and its only other original of the night, a new Zoo (0.6/3), the same as its July 6, the overall rating for the night was down 8% from last Thursday. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have the heft of a repeat of The Big Bang Theory (1.0/4) kicking off your primetime, though the encore of the science-geek comedy was down 23% in the demo from last week.
That was not the case on ABC, where Boy Band (0.6/3), Battle of the Network Stars (0.7/3) and The Gong Show (0.7/3) all were the same as their fast affiliates of July 6. In the final numbers, Network Stars went up a tenth, so we might see a similar adjustment this week.
Back after two weeks and with Mariah Carey just dropping by, Beat Shazam (0.9/4) — which was renewed this week — was the same as its June 29 show. A new Love Connection (0.6/3) followed, also the first one in two weeks, and saw a decline of a tenth from its last original.
Over on The CW, Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.4/2) was back for its fourth season with a demo result that was exactly the same as its Season 3 premiere of July 13, 2016. Newbie Hooten & The Lady (0.2/1) had an OK debut by CW standards.