Julie Chen of "Big Brother"
Golf overrun on the right side of the country makes it difficult to accurately judge Sunday's "Big Brother
" performance, but the racist houseguests definitely helped CBS win overall, while animation repeats let CBS steal a win among young viewers.
On a typically sluggish summer Sunday for the networks, ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" and "Whodunnit
?" were both up, while NBC's "Crossing Lines
" was down.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 1.2 rating for Sunday night, edging out CBS' 1.1 rating in the key demographic. [CBS had a small advantage in the three primetime hours the two networks programmed head-to-head.] ABC was a close third with a 1.0 key demo rating, followed by NBC's 0.7 key demo rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 4.91 million viewers and a 3.2 rating/6 share for Sunday primetime, topping ABC's 2.3/4 and 3.64 million viewers and the 2.4/4 and 3.62 million viewers for NBC. FOX averaged a 1.5/3 and 2.59 million viewers.
7 p.m. -
CBS started the night in first with 5.69 million viewers for 20 minutes of golf overrun and "60 Minutes
," which finished third with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was second with 4.9 million viewers and tied for first with a 0.9 key demo rating. NBC's "America's Got Talent" encore was third with 3.32 million viewers and fourth with a 0.7 key demo rating. Repeats of "The Cleveland Show" and "The Simpsons" tied for first with a 0.9 key demo rating and finished fourth with 2.035 million viewers.
8 p.m. - "Big Brother," but also a big chunk of "60 Minutes" for much of the country, averaged 6.69 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 for CBS. NBC's "America's Got Talent" encore was second with 4.85 million viewers and a finished fourth with a 1.0 key demo rating. ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" averaged 3.55 million viewers for third and a 1.2 key demo rating for second. FOX's repeats of "The Simpsons" and "Bob's Burgers" were fourth with 2.55 million viewers and third with a 1.1 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - A repeat of "The Good Wife," but also a chunk of "Big Brother," won the 9 p.m. hour with 3.87 million viewers and finished third with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" repeat was second with 3.42 million viewers and fourth with a 0.7 key demo rating. FOX's repeats of "Family Guy" and "American Dad" won the hour with a 1.5 key demo rating and finished third with 3.18 million viewers. ABC's "Whodunnit" was fourth with 3.105 million viewers and second with a 1.1 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - CBS' repeat of "The Mentalist," and a bit of "The Good Wife," won the 10 p.m. hour with 3.39 million viewers and tied for first with a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Castle" repeat also averaged a 0.7 key demo rating and finished second with 3.03 million viewers. NBC's "Crossing Lines" was third with 2.91 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.
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