'BIG BROTHER' AND 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT' DOMINATES RATINGS: In their latest Wednesday 8 PM smackdown CBS's Big Brother (1.5 demo rating, 5.45M viewers) was the night’s top broadcast program in the demo, but NBC's America's Got Talent claimed the Wednesday crown in overall audience by a lap with 4.3 million. Both shows bested Fox's 8-10 PM Masterchef and CW's Burden of Truth.
'FOX' CUTS SEX OFFENDER'S SCENE FROM 'THE PREDATOR': Fox recently cut a scene from the upcoming, The Predator, after the studio found out it featured a registered sex offender. In 2010 The actor, Steven Wilder Striegel pleaded guilty to risk of injury to a child and enticing a minor by computer after he faced allegations that he attempted to lure a 14-year-old into a sexual relationship. The film hits theaters Sept. 14.
'MAYANS MC' MATCHES IT'S SPINOFF IN RATINGS: Ten years and a day after the series premiere of Sons of Anarchy, its spinoff debuted to very similar ratings. Mayans MC premiered Tuesday night to 2.53 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. That's almost identical to the premiere numbers for Sons of Anarchy in 2008: 2.53 million and a slightly higher 1.2 demo rating. Sons continued to grow over the course of its run; the show's final season in 2014 averaged 4.65 million same-day viewers.
'EMPIRE'S' RYAN MICHELLE BATHE SET FOR FIRST WIVES CLUB: Empire's Ryan Michelle Bathe is set as the third lead alongside Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau in First Wives Club. The dramedy is based on the 1996 film that starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn. Filming is scheduled to begin this fall for a 2019 premier.
HBO RENEWS 'BALLERS' AND 'INSECURE': HBO has renewed comedy series Ballers for a fifth season and Insecure for a fourth season. The renewals follow the August 12 season premieres for both series.