TV Ratings: 'Big Brother' helps CBS start August with a Sunday win
CBS wins overall, splits the key demographic with FOX
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Led by "Big Brother" and "60 Minutes," CBS ruled Sunday night overall and tied for the lead in the key demographic with FOX's usual animation repeats.
Among adults 18-49, FOX and CBS both averaged a 1.6 rating. ABC's 1.1 rating was third in the key demographic, with NBC's 0.9 rating following closely in fourth.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 6.24 million viewers to go with a 4.0 rating/7 share. ABC's 2.6/5 was followed closely by a 2.5/4 for NBC and FOX's 2.0/4.
CBS started the night in first with a 5.1/10 for "60 Minutes." ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" repeat was second with a 3.5/7 and won the hour with a 1.5 demo rating. NBC's "Dateline" was third, leaving FOX's new "Sons of Tucson" and an "American Dad" repeat in fourth with a 1.2/2.
"Big Brother" won the 8 p.m. hour for CBS with a 4.2/8, delivering the night's best demo numbers with a 2.4 rating. ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" repeat was second, beating the 2.8/5 for NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." FOX's "The Simpsons" and "Cleveland Show" repeats were fourth overall with a 2.2/4, but second in the key demo.
An "Undercover Boss" repeat kept CBS in first overall in the 9 p.m. hour with a 3.8/6. FOX's "Family Guy" repeats had a 2.7/5 for second overall and won the hour with a 2.2 demo rating. NBC's repeat of "America's Got Talent" finished third, beating the 2.0/3 for ABC's "Scoundrels."
CBS' "Good Wife" repeat had the best ratings in the 10 p.m. hour, edging the 2.6/5 for NBC's "America's Got Talent" repeat, though NBC average more viewers and won the hour in the 18-49 demo. ABC's new "The Gates" was third overall with a 1.9/3 and second in the demo.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
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