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[08/19/13 - 08:43 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Pulls in Front with NFL Preseason
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for sunday, august 18, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

FOX (5.811 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) lead the demo pack on Sunday with its coverage of "NFL Preseason: Colts at Giants" (5.811 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

CBS (6.255 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.323 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Big Brother 15" (6.516 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Unforgettable" (6.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "The Mentalist" (4.822 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was ABC (4.029 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.590 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), a new "Secret Millionaire" (4.728 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), the season finale of "Whodunnit?" (3.670 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and a repeat "Castle" (3.131 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent" (2.528 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) followed by a new "Crossing Lines" (2.069 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and the season finale of "Crossing Lines" (2.035 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on NBC (2.290 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+27.27% - Whodunnit?
+20.00% - Secret Millionaire
-9.09% - Big Brother 15
-15.38% - Unforgettable
-20.00% - Crossing Lines

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Secret Millionaire (vs. Once Upon a Time (Repeat))
+83.33% - Unforgettable (vs. The Good Wife (Repeat))
+35.71% - NFL Preseason: Colts at Giants (vs. Various (Repeats))
+27.27% - Whodunnit? (vs. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition)
-13.04% - Big Brother 15
-86.67% - Crossing Lines - 9:00 (vs. NFL Preseason: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh)
-86.67% - Crossing Lines - 10:00 (vs. NFL Preseason: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh)


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/19/12):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live sports, Fast Nationals for NBC are approximate.]

NBC (8.13 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) snagged the top spot on Sunday with its mix of "Dateline NBC" (5.75 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "NFL Preseason: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh" (8.93 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1).

FOX (3.00 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its all-repeat lineup of "American Dad" (1.76 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), "The Cleveland Show" (2.11 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "The Simpsons" (3.11 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), another "The Simpsons" (3.37 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5), "Family Guy" (3.69 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and another "Family Guy" (3.98 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

Next up was CBS (5.60 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.72 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Big Brother 14" (6.50 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "The Good Wife" (3.58 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14) and "The Mentalist" (4.59 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, encores of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.81 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Once Upon a Time" (2.78 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14) followed by the season finale of "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" (3.52 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) on ABC (3.66 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+50.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. 7/22/12)
+35.29% - Big Brother 14
+22.22% - Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition
-21.43% - 60 Minutes

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. Dateline NBC (Repeat))
-21.43% - Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (vs. 20/20: The Sixth Sense (Repeat))
-21.43% - 60 Minutes (vs. 60 Minutes (Repeat))
-30.30% - Big Brother 14

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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