TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' tops night, 'Welcome to Sweden' debuts softly

By Kyle Johnson,

Big Brother easily topped Thursday night while two summer comedies from NBC debuted softly, as is part for the course.

CBS easily took the night with a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 5.605 million viewers off the back of series repeats and Big Brother. Two encores of The Big Bang Theory started off the night strong, averaging a 1.7 rating, HitFix reports. Big Brother managed a 2.0 demo rating.

With a 1.1 rating in the demo and 3.58 million viewers, Fox came in second with Hell's Kitchen ticking up to a 1.5 demo rating. Gang Related held even for the week with a 0.8 rating.

NBC edged ABC by a hair with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo for the night and 3.43 million viewers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Welcome To Sweden started off the new comedy hour, managing a paltry 0.9 rating, while Working the Engels debuted a tick lower with a 0.7 rating. Last Comic Standing was even with a 1.0 demo rating.

ABC averaged a 0.8 rating in the demo and 4.58 million viewers. Black Box and Rookie Blue were both consistent with last week's numbers with a 0.7 and 0.9, respectively. NY Med improved slightly to close out the night with a 0.9 rating.

image courtesy of Sonja Flemming/CBS 2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

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