Big Brother, featuring Julie Chen’s dramatic first CBS appearance since CBS Corp’s ouster of CEO husband Les Moonves, was Thursday night’s highest-rated broadcast program in key demos by a considerable margin.
BB (1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic, 5.99 million viewers) jumped two tenths from its previous Thursday episode in the demo to tie its season high. But all networks’ Thursday numbers are somewhat muddied by Hurricane Florence pre-emptions in affected areas, while the Baltimore Ravens-Cincinnati Bengals game impacted CBS as well as NBC in those two markets.
CBS’ 8 PM The Big Bang Theory repeat (1.2, 6.77M) topped all of primetime in total viewers. CBS took every half hour in both metrics, starting with repeats of The Big Bang Theory (1.2, 6.77M) and Young Sheldon (1.1, 6.41M).
Opposite Big Brother, ABC’s 9 PM Match Game (0.8, 4.30M) achieved a new season high in the demo, off its Celebrity Family Feud repeat lead-in (0.9, 5.25M). ABC’s 10 PM Take Two season finale (0.5, 2.94M) nabbed its best numbers in a month, tying NBC’s Law & Order: SVU repeat (0.5, 2.24M) in the demo but falling short of CBS’ S.W.A.T repeat (0.6, 3.34M).
Big Brother featured a double eElimination and Chen’s return. She had been MIA from her other CBS program, The Talk, since Monday, after announcing she was taking time off to be with her family. Moonves stepped down as CBS Corp CEO on Sunday after the New Yorker published a second Ronan Farrow report in which more women accused the industry veteran of sexual misconduct.
CBS (1.2, 5.31M) easily took the night in both metrics, followed by ABC (0.7, 4.16M). NBC (0.5, 2.24M) and repeat-laden Fox (0.5, 1.68M) tied for No. 3 in the demo. Rerun-filled CW (0.1, 634K) followed.