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Sunday Ratings: Merlin, Meteor Gain; Big Brother Slips; Fox Still Wins

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July 20th, 2009

Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.4/5 1.3/4 1.1/4 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.4/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/6 0.8/3 0.6/2 0.7/3 1.1/4 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 2.931 6.303 4.854 3.730 1.875 1.151

The woeful ratings for NBC's Merlin and Meteor (the latest installment on "Survival Sundays"), showed a tiny bit of life on Sunday, but don't get too excited. Merlin still tallied just a 1.1 rating for adults 18-49, and Meteor only a 1.2, and NBC's average for the night was still well behind Fox's repeats which won the night overall with a 1.4 adult demo rating.

Big Brother continued to slide to a 1.8 demo for adults 18-49.  That's down about 10% from last week, but comparison's a tricky because of the golf overrun last Sunday. Valentine's miniscule adults 18-49 demo was unchanged from last week.

In the battle of magazine shows at 8, CBS' tribute to Walter Cronkite, That's The Way It Was, edged NBC's Dateline.

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) 1.2 5 0.8 4 4.463
CBS That's The Way it Was: Cronkite 0.9 4 0.5 2 6.979
NBC Dateline NBC 0.9 4 0.5 2 4.413
FOX Til Death (repeat) 0.6 2 0.6 3 1.474
CW Valentine 0.2 1 0.2 1 0.467
7:30 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (repeat) 1.5 5 1.1 5 5.520
CBS That's The Way it Was: Cronkite 1.1 4 0.7 3 7.835
NBC Dateline NBC 1.0 4 0.6 3 5.062
FOX American Dad (repeat) 0.8 3 0.9 4 1.771
CW Valentine 0.2 1 0.1 1 0.391
8:00 FOX The Simpsons (repeat) 1.7 6 1.7 7 3.412
CBS Big Brother 11 1.7 6 1.5 6 5.625
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (repeat) 1.2 4 0.9 3 5.031
NBC Merlin 1.1 4 0.8 3 4.132
CW The Thomas Crown Affair (movie) 0.4 1 0.3 1 1.209
8:30 CBS Big Brother 11 1.9 6 1.5 6 5.526
FOX King of the Hill (repeat) 1.5 5 1.5 5 3.003
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (repeat) 1.4 4 0.9 4 5.145
NBC Merlin 1.1 4 0.7 3 4.405
CW The Thomas Crown Affair (movie) 0.4 1 0.4 1 1.405
9:00 FOX Family Guy (repeat) 1.9 6 2.3 8 3.921
CBS Cold Case (repeat) 1.1 3 0.6 2 6.108
NBC Meteor 1.0 3 0.4 2 4.685
ABC Desperate Housewives (repeat) 0.8 3 0.6 2 2.833
CW The Thomas Crown Affair (movie) 0.5 1 0.5 2 1.575
9:30 FOX The Simpsons (repeat) 2.0 6 2.5 8 4.005
CBS Cold Case (repeat) 1.1 3 0.6 2 6.514
NBC Meteor 1.1 3 0.5 2 4.881
ABC Desperate Housewives (repeat) 0.8 2 0.6 2 2.632
CW The Thomas Crown Affair (movie) 0.6 2 0.6 2 1.857
10:00 NBC Meteor 1.3 4 0.7 2 5.402
CBS Without A Trace (repeat) 1.2 3 0.6 2 5.878
ABC Brothers & Sisters (repeat) 0.6 2 0.4 1 2.044
10:30 NBC Meteor 1.5 4 0.9 3 5.855
CBS Without A Trace (repeat) 1.1 3 0.6 2 5.961
ABC Brothers & Sisters (repeat) 0.6 2 0.4 1 2.173

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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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