Boosted presumably by the overtime conclusion of the World Cup Final, ABC's lineup was up on Sunday night, including "Rising Star," which helped the network lead primetime among young viewers. CBS, meanwhile, capitalized on early primetime strength for "60 Minutes" and "Big Brother" to cruise to an overall win.
There were few other notables on Sunday, but CBS' decision to swap time periods for "Unforgettable" and "Reckless" resulted in a predictable demo bump for "Unforgettable" at nine, now gifted with a "Big Brother" lead-in, and a predictable demo drop for "Reckless," but both shows did very close to what they did last week.
On to the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 1.2 rating for Sunday night, edging out the 1.1 rating for CBS in the key demographic. FOX averaged a 0.8 key demo rating for third, followed by NBC's 0.6 key demo rating in fourth.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 6.22 million viewers and a 3.9 rating/7 share for Sunday night, far ahead of the 4.7 million viewers and 2.8/5 for ABC. There was a big drop to NBC's 2.48 million viewers and 1.6/2, which edged out FOX's 2.03 million viewers and 1.2/2 for the night.
7 p.m. - CBS' "60 Minutes" led the 7 p.m. hour overall with 8.1 million viewers and finished second with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" repeat averaged 6.13 million viewers and an hour-winning 1.5 key demo rating. NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" encore averaged 1.91 million viewers, compared to the 1.46 million viewers for FOX's "Brain Games" special, while both networks averaged a 0.5 key demo rating.
8 p.m. - "Big Brother" held onto CBS' overall lead in the 8 p.m. with 6.66 million viewers and dominated the hour with a Sunday-best 2.1 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Wipeout" was second with 4.48 million viewers and a 1.3 key demo rating. NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" averaged 2.79 million viewers for third and a 0.8 key demo rating for fourth, compared to the 2.29 million viewers and 1.0 key demo rating averaged by FOX's repeats of "The Simpsons."
9 p.m. - "Unforgettable" led the 9 p.m. hour for CBS with 6.08 million viewers, but finished third with a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Rising Star" averaged 4.8 million viewers and an hour-winning 1.4 key demo rating in its only Sunday hour. FOX's repeats of "Family Guy" and "American Dad" averaged 2.35 million viewers for third and a 1.1 key demo rating for second, followed by the 2.28 million viewers and 0.6 key demo rating for NBC.
10 p.m. - "Reckless" led the 10 p.m. hour overall with 4.05 million viewers, plausibly up a hair from last week's 9 p.m. airing, but slipped a hair to a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Castle" repeat was second with 3.39 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating. NBC's "Chicago PD" repeat won the hour with a 0.8 key demo rating and finished third overall with 2.94 million viewers.
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.