Not Much to Cheer About for the Broadcast Nets in Sunday Prime Time; ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Teen Choice Awards’ Lose Ground

Aug 12, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Sunday night’s prime-time ratings on the broadcast networks were lackluster at best, with each of the Big 4 networks breaking out a mix of fresh and repeat programming and viewer numbers generally down, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that CBS’s "Big Brother" was the top show of the night on broadcast, even while it slipped 4% from a week ago to a 2.2 average rating in 18-49. CBS’s prime-time schedule started 9 minutes late due to overrun from the PGA Championship, meaning the network’s numbers will be subject to more than the usual adjustments.

CBS’s "Unforgettable" led out from "Big Brother" with a 1.3 average in the 18-49 demo, rising 8% from a week ago.

Other than CBS, which averaged a 1.4 rating in viewers 18-49 for prime time, no network broke a 1.0. Fox and ABC tied for second with 0.9 averages, followed by Univision (0.7) and NBC (0.6). CBS also finished well ahead of the pack in total viewers, averaging 6.9 million to lead ABC (3.8 million), NBC (2.6 million), Fox (2.4 million) and Univision (2.1 million).

Fox’s "Teen Choice Awards" settled for a 0.9 average in the 18-49 demo, down 10% from a year ago.

ABC squeezed a 1.1 average out of "Whodunnit?" in adults 18-49, an improvement of one-tenth of a point from last week’s series low. "Secret Millionaire" fell 17% from the premiere a week ago to a 1.0.

NBC’s "Crossing Lines" equaled its series low with a 0.5 average in 18-49.

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