Shows on Three Major Broadcast Nets Match Their All-Time Lows — the Other Big 4 Network Avoids the Problem by Airing All Repeats

Aug 20, 2013  •  Post A Comment

One of the big 4 networks essentially avoided a tough summer Monday night on broadcast by airing all repeats in prime time, and while it ended up in fifth place at least it avoided the embarrassment suffered by the other three — all of whom endured another round of all-time low ratings.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that programs on CBS, NBC and ABC all matched their historic lows, based on Nielsen overnights for the key 18-49 demo. CBS’s "Under the Dome" (2.4 average in 18-49), NBC’s "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls" (1.2 average) and ABC’s "Mistresses" (1.0) equaled the series lows delivered by their previous original episodes.

Fox got along with two repeats of "Raising Hope," a repeat of "New Girl" and a repeat of "The Mindy Project," with all of the programs delivering 18-49 demo numbers in the 0.6-0.7 range.

Someone had to win the night, and that honor went to CBS, with a modest 1.4 average for prime time in viewers 18-49. Other than "Dome," CBS went with all repeats.

NBC gave it a shot with fresh episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (1.5 in the 18-49 demo, down one-tenth from a week ago) and "Siberia" (0.7, even with last week).

ABC led in to "Mistresses" with two hours of repeats.

When the dust settled, CBS led the way with its 1.4 average in adults 18-49, ahead of Univision (1.3 average), NBC (1.1), ABC (0.9) and Fox (0.7). CBS walked away with total viewers, averaging 6.2 million to lead ABC (3.9 million), NBC (3.5 million), Univision (3.4 million) and Fox (1.6 million).

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