CBS Wins with Reality TV, Big Brother 16 Keeps Going

Big Brother 16, America Votes

Big Brother 16, America Votes

Thursday’s premier of season 16 of Big Brother wins the night, plus a look at the CBS fall schedule

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!TV) 2014/6/27 – Reality TV continues to perform well for CBS. Anyone with doubts can look to last night’s premiere of the “house show” Big Brother, an elimination show that’s sort of an indoor version of CBS hit Survivor.

More on last night’s Big Brother 16 premier.

When Les Moonves took over at last-rated CBS, the question was how would he turn the network around. Around that time, ABC backed out of a deal with Mark Burnett, a former Venice beach T-shirt salesman who’d become a reality TV producer. Burnett wanted to make a reality series called Survivor. He told Moonves he’d go on the road with the CBS reps, would sell the sponsors himself. In his first meeting he sold Target. Survivor opened big and reality shows propelled CBS from last to first place.

Big Brother was the top-ranked show last night and won in key demographics according to Nielson preliminary live-plus-same-day ratings. From 9-10pm it was first in viewers (6.56m), adults 18-49 (2.3/08), adults 25-54 (2.7/08) and adults 18-34 (1.5/06). Compared to last year, it’s up +6% in viewers (from 6.18m), +10% in adults 18-49 (from 2.1) and +8% in adults 25-54 (from 2.5). CBS won Thursday in viewers (5.66m), adults 18-49 (1.5/05) and adults 25-54 (2.0/06).

CBS has announced its fall premiere schedule, starting with NFL Thursday Night Football on Sept. 11th. Premiere Week opens with one hour of The Big Bang Theory and the series premiere of Scorpion on Monday, Sept. 22nd. NCIS: Los Angeles moves to a new time, premiering Monday, Sept. 29th. The Suspense Thriller Block of Criminal Minds and the new drama Stalker launch the following week, The comedy Mom returns for a second season. CBS’s Thursday Entertainment Lineup returns with The Big Bang Theory at 8pm on Oct. 30th.

CBS 2014/2015 Premiere Dates

Thursday, Sept. 11
7:30-8:25 PM/ET THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRE-GAME SHOW
8:25 PM/ET NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Pittsburgh @ Baltimore)

Sunday, Sept. 21
7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES (47th Season Premiere)
8:00-9:00 PM MADAM SECRETARY (Series Debut)
9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE (6th Season Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 22
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (8th Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (New Episode)
9:00-10:00 PM SCORPION (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 PM UNDER THE DOME (Season Finale)

Tuesday, Sept. 23
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS (12th Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 PM PERSON OF INTEREST (4th Season Premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 24
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR (29th Edition Premiere)
9:00-11:00 PM EXTANT (Two-Hour Season Finale)

Friday, Sept. 26
8:00-9:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE (25th Edition Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0 (5th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS (5th Season Premiere)

Saturday, Sept. 27
10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS (27th Season Premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 28
10:00-11:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (15th Season Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 29
8:30-9:00 PM MOM (2nd Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (6th Season Premiere)

Wednesday, Oct. 1
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS (10th Season Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM STALKER (Series Debut)

Monday, Oct. 27
8:00-8:30 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS (4th Season Premiere)

Thursday, Oct. 30
8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (Regular Time Period Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM THE MILLERS (2nd Season Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN (12th Season Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM THE McCARTHYS (Series Debut)
10:00-11:00 PM ELEMENTARY (3rd Season Premiere)

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