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Sunday Ratings: Big Brother Tops As CBS & ABC Are Neck and Neck

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July 27th, 2009

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Scoreboard ABC CBS NBC FOX Uni CW
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.3/4 1.3/4 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 4.542 6.170 4.830 2.423 1.390 0.749

With Fox's top animated repeats out of the game, ABC and CBS tied on Sunday night with a 1.3 adults 18-49 average rating. Facing little competition, Big Brother's 1.9 demo rating stood across the lightly viewed night like a colossus.

After winning most summer Sundays with its animated repeats, Fox went with the almost unwatched movie Zoom from 8-10 and finished in 4th for the night.

Big Brother was up a tenth in the adults 18-49 demo for the night. Merlin was down very slightly from last week. Storm, NBC's latest Sunday night "disaster" (insert your own joke here) mini-series, was down about 10% in the demo compared to last week's Meteor.

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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 4 0.8 3 4.655
NBC Dateline NBC 1.1 4 0.6 3 4.974
CBS 60 Minutes 1.0 4 0.6 3 7.148
FOX Til Death (repeat) 0.6 2 0.5 2 1.526
CW Easy Money 0.2 1 0.2 1 0.506
7:30 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (repeat) 1.4 5 1.0 4 5.871
NBC Dateline NBC 1.3 5 0.8 3 5.672
CBS 60 Minutes 1.0 3 0.5 2 7.130
FOX American Dad (repeat) 0.8 3 0.8 3 1.721
CW Easy Money 0.1 0 0.1 1 0.322
8:00 CBS Big Brother 11 1.9 6 1.5 6 6.204
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (repeat) 1.3 4 0.9 4 4.962
FOX Zoom (movie) 1.0 3 0.8 3 2.602
NBC Merlin 1.0 4 0.7 3 4.202
CW Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream (movie) 0.2 1 0.3 1 0.769
8:30 CBS Big Brother 11 1.9 6 1.5 6 6.130
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (repeat) 1.4 4 1.0 4 5.010
NBC Merlin 1.1 3 0.8 3 4.209
FOX Zoom (movie) 1.0 3 0.9 3 2.866
CW Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream (movie) 0.2 1 0.3 1 0.807
9:00 ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (repeat) 1.5 4 1.0 3 5.091
NBC Storm (mini-series, 1 of 2) 1.2 4 0.8 3 4.962
FOX Zoom (movie) 1.0 3 0.9 3 2.823
CBS Cold Case (repeat) 1.0 3 0.6 2 5.078
CW Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream (movie) 0.3 1 0.4 1 1.005
9:30 ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (repeat) 1.8 5 1.2 4 5.804
FOX Zoom (movie) 1.1 3 0.9 3 3.000
NBC Storm (mini-series, 1 of 2) 1.1 3 0.7 2 4.729
CBS Cold Case (repeat) 1.1 3 0.6 2 5.691
CW Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream (movie) 0.3 1 0.3 1 1.087
10:00 CBS Without A Trace (repeat) 1.1 3 0.7 2 5.811
NBC Storm (mini-series, 1 of 2) 1.1 3 0.6 2 4.905
ABC Desperate Housewives (repeat) 0.8 2 0.5 2 2.618
10:30 CBS Without A Trace (repeat) 1.2 3 0.6 2 6.171
NBC Storm (mini-series, 1 of 2) 1.1 3 0.6 2 4.987
ABC Desperate Housewives (repeat) 0.7 2 0.5 2 2.323

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

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Definitions:

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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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