Julie Chen of "Big Brother"
Summer network TV doldrums were in full effect on Sunday night as "Big Brother
" led CBS to ratings wins, despite coming in below last week's launch and last summer's Sunday premiere.
The Week 2 numbers were also weak for ABC's "Whodunnit
," which slipped 23 percent, while NBC's "Crossing Lines
" was also down.
For the night, CBS averaged a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49, edging out FOX's 1.0 rating in the key demographic. ABC's 0.9 key demo rating and the 0.8 key demo rating for NBC followed close behind.
CBS had a bit more breathing room overall with 5.55 million viewers and a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49 for Sunday primetime, topping NBC's 2.4/4 and 3.635 million viewers. ABC was a close third with a 2.2/4 and 3.47 million viewers, while FOX averaged 2.34 million viewers and a 1.4/2.
7 p.m. - CBS started primetime in first with 7.1 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 for "60 Minutes
." ABC's repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" also did a 0.9 key demo rating and finished second with 4.62 million viewers. NBC's encore of "America's Got Talent" was third with 2.9 million viewers and a fourth with a 0.5 key demo rating, compared to the 1.63 million viewers and 0.7 key demo rating for FOX's repeats of "The Cleveland Show" and "The Simpsons."
8 p.m. - The Sunday premiere of "Big Brother" averaged 5.78 million viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 for CBS in the 8 p.m. hour. NBC's "America's Got Talent" encore rose to 4.13 million viewers and was in a three-way tie for second with a 1.0 key demo rating. ABC's "Celebrity Wife Swap" dropped to 3.22 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating, with FOX's repeats of "The Simpsons" and "Bob's Burgers" averaging 2.37 million viewers and the same 1.0 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - An encore of last week's "Under the Dome" premiere won the 9 p.m. hour for CBS with 5.12 million viewers and finished second with a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. A repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" averaged 3.79 million viewers for NBC and finished fourth with a 0.9 key demo rating. ABC's "Whodunnit?" dropped to 3.2 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating, compared to the 3.03 million viewers and hour-winning 1.4 key demo rating for FOX's "Family Guy" and "American Dad" repeats.
10 p.m. - A repeat of "The Mentalist" completed CBS' overall primetime sweep with 4.2 million viewers and also won the hour with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's "Crossing Lines" averaged 3.72 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating in its second week. On ABC, a "Castle" repeat averaged 2.84 million viewers and a 0.6 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.
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