big brother 15 prem ratings TV ratings: 'Big Brother' premiere down from last year, 'Masterchef' leads 18 49 demoFast National ratings for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The premiere of “Big Brother” fell short of its 2012 debut, slipping by about 800,000 viewers and half a point among adults 18-49 vs. last year. It did, however, lead its hour in viewers Wednesday and tied with FOX’s “Masterchef” for the top spot among adults 18-49.

“Masterchef” grew in its second hour and gave FOX the top 18-49 rating for the night as a whole. Elsewhere, ABC’s comedy “How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” ended its first and only season quietly.

FOX averaged 5.74 million viewers and a 3.5 rating/6 share in households in primetime, edging CBS (5.66 million, 3.7/6) for the top spot. NBC came in third with 4.45 million viewers and a 3.2/6. ABC (3.35 million, 2.2/4) came in fourth, and The CW (1.4 million, 0.9/2) trailed.

FOX also led the adults 18-49 race with a 2.3 rating. CBS finished second with a 1.5, half a point better than NBC’s 1.0. ABC posted a 0.9 and The CW a 0.4.

Wednesday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: “Big Brother” season premiere (6.3 million viewers, 3.9/7 households)
NBC: “Dateline” (5.5 million, 3.9/7)
FOX: “Masterchef” (5.35 million, 3.3/6)
ABC: “The Middle” rerun (3.6 million, 2.4/4)/”Family Tools” (2.85 million, 1.8/3)
The CW: “Arrow” rerun (1.5 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: “Big Brother” and “Masterchef” tied at 2.1

9 p.m.

FOX: “Masterchef” (6.1 million, 3.7/6)
CBS: “The American Baking Competition” (5.05 million, 3.3/5)
NBC: “Law & Order: SVU” rerun (5 million, 3.5/6)
ABC: “Modern Family” rerun (3.6 million, 2.4/4)/”How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” (3 million, 2.0/3)
The CW: “Supernatural” rerun (1.2 million, 0.8/1)

18-49 leader: “Masterchef” (2.4)

10 p.m.

CBS: “Criminal Minds” rerun (5.6 million, 3.9/7)
ABC: “The Lookout” (3.5 million, 2.4/4)
NBC: “Chicago Fire” rerun (2.9 million, 2.1/4)

18-49 leader: “Criminal Minds” (1.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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