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[07/07/14 - 08:43 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Edges CBS in Tight Demo Race
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (7/6/14):

ABC (4.040 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) claimed the top demo spot on Sunday thanks to its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.924 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Wipeout" (3.594 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Rising Star" (4.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

CBS (6.136 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.450 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Big Brother 16" (5.982 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Reckless" (3.989 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Unforgettable" (6.124 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was NBC (2.328 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.631 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) followed by the special "Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour" (2.025 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, FOX (2.144 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) closed out the evening with a "Brain Games" (1.587 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) special alongside repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.134 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), another "The Simpsons" (2.527 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Family Guy" (2.545 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "American Dad" (2.483 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (7/7/13):

CBS (5.426 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Big Brother 15" (6.249 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Under the Dome" (4.098 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "The Mentalist" (3.807 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

FOX (2.664 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) however shared the demo crown despite its all-repeat lineup of "The Cleveland Show" (1.731 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14), "The Simpsons" (1.957 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), another "The Simpsons" (3.089 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Bob's Burgers" (2.676 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Family Guy" (3.492 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "American Dad" (3.039 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Next up was NBC (3.671 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with encores of "America's Got Talent" (4.119 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.597 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) plus a new "Crossing Lines" (2.849 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16).

And finally, ABC (3.340 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) closed out the evening with its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.894 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Whodunnit?" (2.987 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Castle" (3.009 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+23.53% - Big Brother 15
0.00% - Whodunnit?
-10.00% - Celebrity Wife Swap
-14.29% - Crossing Lines

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+162.50% - Big Brother 15 (vs. 60 Minutes (Repeat))
-33.33% - Whodunnit? (vs. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition)
-33.33% - Crossing Lines (vs. America's Got Talent (Repeat))
-40.00% - Celebrity Wife Swap (vs. Secret Millionaire)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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