Wednesday TV Ratings 7/20/22: The ESPYS Rise from 2021 Low, Big Brother Leads, MasterChef Sets New Season High (UPDATED)

Ratings Analysis: The '2022 ESPYS' (0.42) rose by a whopping 75% from the 2021 ceremony (0.24) that aired in an undesirable Saturday timeslot. Despite that impressive gain, ABC's broadcast of the awards show only ranked third in its timeslot. On CBS, 'Big Brother' (0.70, +0.04) and 'The Challenge: USA' (0.40, +0.04) both grew by four-hundredths when compared to last week's episodes. The 10PM repeat of 'SWAT' (0.18) was two-hundredths higher than its week-ago counterpart. 'MasterChef' (0.48, +0.04) climbed to a new season high on Fox, but 'So You Think You Can Dance' (0.30, -0.03) widened the gap between itself and 'Chef' by slipping further. On the CW, 'Wellington Paranormal' (0.04, 0.00) was stable on finale night and was followed by a repeat of itself (0.04) that posted the same rating. Earlier in the evening, 'Mysteries Decoded' (0.05, 0.00) also matched its week-ago delivery. NBC had another helping of 'Chicago Med' (0.27), 'Chicago Fire' (0.30), and 'Chicago PD' (0.29) encores.

Finals Update: 'Big Brother' (+0.1), 'MasterChef' (+0.1), and the repeat of 'Chicago Med' (+0.1) adjusted up.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


8 PMBig Brother0.70/83.54CBS


The 2022 ESPYS0.42/52.50ABC

Chicago Med (R)0.27/32.88NBC

Mysteries Decoded0.05/10.52The CW
9 PMThe Challenge: USA0.40/42.13CBS

Chicago Fire (R)0.30/33.05NBC

So You Think You Can Dance0.30/31.48Fox

Wellington Paranormal (F)0.04/00.31The CW
9:30 PMWellington Paranormal (R)0.04/00.24The CW
10 PMChicago PD (R)0.29/32.43NBC

SWAT (R)0.18/21.50CBS
(R) = repeat
(F) = finale

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