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Sunday Ratings: Big Brother Slips; Meteor Tops Merlin; And Fox Wins The Night

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July 13th, 2009

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Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC Uni CW
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 1.5/5 1.3/4 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.3/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 1.6/6 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.8/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 3.097 6.559 4.103 3.511 1.647 0.907

Due to a golf overrun until 7:12p, Fast Nationals for CBS are approximate.  In the 7p hour, the golf overrun and 60 Minutes posted a 1.0/4.  At 8p, 60 Minutes and the Big Brother Sunday premiere delivered a 2.0/7 (down from Thursday’s debut, 2.3/8), at 9p Big Brother and a repeat Cold Case posted a 1.1/3 and in the 10p hour, repeats of Cold Case and Without a Trace posted a 1.1/3.

Big Brother slipped a bit from its debut, but was by far the strongest new show on Sunday night, while animated repeats helped Fox win the night overall.

NBC's pitiful Merlin fell another tick, down to just a 0.9 adults 18-49 demo rating. The debut of the Meteor mini-series scored only a 1.1 demo rating, poor by any standard, but that was 22% better than Merlin!

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.

Full details:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share 18-34 Rating 18-34 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (repeat) 1.0 4 0.8 4 4.641
CBS Golf/60 Minutes 0.8 3 0.5 2 6.970
NBC Great American Road Trip (repeat) 0.7 3 0.4 2 2.840
FOX Til Death (repeat) 0.6 2 0.5 2 1.401
CW Valentine (repeat) 0.2 1 0.1 1 0.647
7:30 CBS 60 Minutes 1.2 4 0.6 3 8.814
ABC Just for Laughs 1.1 4 0.8 3 4.397
FOX American Dad (repeat) 0.8 3 0.9 4 1.842
NBC Great American Road Trip (repeat) 0.7 3 0.5 2 2.538
CW Valentine (repeat) 0.2 1 0.2 1 0.533
8:00 CBS 60 Minutes/Big Brother 11 1.9 7 1.3 5 7.399
FOX The Simpsons (repeat) 1.8 6 2.0 8 3.748
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (repeat) 1.1 4 0.7 3 4.439
NBC Merlin 0.9 3 0.8 3 3.430
CW Hoosiers (movie) 0.3 1 0.2 1 0.985
8:30 CBS Big Brother 11 2.0 6 1.6 6 6.122
FOX King of the Hill (repeat) 1.5 5 1.7 6 3.142
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (repeat) 1.4 5 0.9 3 5.541
NBC Merlin 0.9 3 0.7 2 3.864
CW Hoosiers (movie) 0.3 1 0.2 1 1.022
9:00 FOX Family Guy (repeat) 2.1 6 2.5 8 4.441
CBS Big Brother/Cold Case (repeat) 1.2 4 0.7 2 5.750
NBC Meteor (mini-series, premiere) 0.9 3 0.5 2 4.401
ABC Desperate Housewives (repeat) 0.7 2 0.5 2 2.547
CW Hoosiers (movie) 0.3 1 0.2 1 1.086
9:30 FOX The Simpsons (repeat) 1.9 5 2.2 7 4.009
CBS Cold Case (repeat) 1.1 3 0.6 2 5.493
NBC Meteor (premiere) 1.1 3 0.5 2 4.934
ABC Desperate Housewives (repeat) 0.7 2 0.5 2 2.409
CW Hoosiers (movie) 0.4 1 0.2 1 1.168
10:00 CBS Cold Case/Without A Trace (repeat) 1.2 3 0.7 2 6.080
NBC Meteor (premiere) 1.1 3 0.5 2 5.138
ABC Brothers & Sisters (repeat) 0.5 2 0.4 1 2.010
10:30 NBC Meteor (premiere) 1.3 4 0.6 2 5.677
CBS Without A Trace (repeat) 1.1 3 0.6 2 5.847
ABC Brothers & Sisters (repeat) 0.6 2 0.4 1 2.105

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Shows are sorted by 18-49 rating in each time slot.

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2009 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live football game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs which are currently in approximately 24.4% of all U.S. TV households. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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