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[08/20/18 - 08:20 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Demos in Tight 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 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (8/19/18):

CBS (4.559 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Big Brother 20" (5.779 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.084 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.218 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

ABC (4.280 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.519 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) plus new episodes of "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.534 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.475 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.361 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (4.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "U.S. Gymnastics Championships" (3.095 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Shades of Blue" (3.186 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, "PGA Overrun" (0.570 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) and repeats of "The Simpsons" (0.831 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), another "The Simpsons" (1.366 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bob's Burgers" (1.239 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.514 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and another "Bob's Burgers" (1.385 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) rounded out the night on FOX (1.151 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+6.67% - Big Brother 20
0.00% - $100,000 Pyramid
0.00% - Shades of Blue
0.00% - Dateline NBC (vs. 7/1/18)
-14.29% - To Tell the Truth

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - $100,000 Pyramid (vs. Steve Harvey's Funderdome)
0.00% - Shades of Blue (vs. American Ninja Warrior (Repeat))
-11.11% - Big Brother 20
-14.29% - To Tell the Truth (vs. $100,000 Pyramid)
-16.67% - Dateline NBC (vs. U.S. Gymnastics Championships)


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/20/17):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Some high rated local pre-season NFL games across all networks are included here but will be excluded from Officials.]

CBS (4.897 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on another modest Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Big Brother 19" (6.422 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.385 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.021 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

ABC (4.503 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.718 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.071 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) followed by "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (4.198 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.024 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.716 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with its coverage of the "U.S. Gymnastics Championships" (2.939 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (2.493 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, FOX (1.463 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the night with a full hour of "Golf Overrun" (0.987 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) followed by repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.570 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.587 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "The Simpsons" (1.793 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and another "Family Guy" (1.854 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+12.50% - Big Brother 19
0.00% - Steve Harvey's Funderdome
0.00% - $100,000 Pyramid
-16.67% - Candy Crush

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Candy Crush (vs. Madam Secretary (Repeat))
0.00% - Big Brother 19
-20.00% - Steve Harvey's Funderdome (vs. $100,000 Pyramid)
-22.22% - $100,000 Pyramid (vs. Match Game)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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