10:12am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' Leads Wednesday, 'American Gothic' Opens Small
Big Brother returned atop the Wednesday heap. Though somewhat down from last summer's bow, CBS' two-hour premiere averaged a dominant 1.9 rating among adults 18-49.
That lead-in did not offer much of a boost to American Gothic. The new summer drama, on the heels of a similarly small BrainDead, opened to just a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers in its first live-plus-same-day showing. Time may paint a better story, but it's not a promising start.
Fox was the only other network to air all new episodes, with MasterChef (1.0 adults) down two-tents of a point and Wayward Pines (0.7 adults) holding with the previous week.
On NBC, Night Shift reaped a 0.9 rating in the key demo.