TV Ratings: Big Brother, Love Island Return Strong for CBS

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CBS kicked off its reality-heavy summer slate on Wednesday with healthy ratings.

Big Brother kicked off its revamped 23rd season with 4 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating in the demo.

This is right on par with what the debut of Big Brother All-Stars did in the demo last August, and given that many shows have dropped hard this year, this is a solid return.

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In fact, the veteran series was up 10% in total viewers.

For comparison purposes, the No. 1 in-season show on CBS was The Equalizer, and it averaged a 1.2 rating. Its No. 2 show was FBI at a 0.8 rating.

Big Brother has always had a strong digital footprint, so this is a successful debut.

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After that, Love Island returned for its third season with 1.8 million viewers and a 0.4 rating -- on par with its prior average.

While the numbers look smaller, the show has been a strong streaming option on ViacomCBS streaming services.

A 0.4 rating for summer programming on the broadcast networks, especially when it's a cheap reality show.

If the show holds steady, it could be one of the biggest surprises of the summer.

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Over on The CW, Kung Fu continued with 0.8 million viewers and a 0.1 rating.

In the Dark followed with 0.4 million viewers and a 0.1 rating.

FOX's Masterchef and Crime Scene Kitchen both dipped with the increased competition.

Over on ABC, The $100,000 Pyramid (3.8 million viewers/0.5 rating) and Card Sharks (2.6 million/0.4 rating) were both up with their finales.

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