TV Ratings: FOX Repeats & Big Brother Lead Night; Scoundrels & The Gates Finish Last

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July 19th, 2010

Scoreboard FOX CBS NBC ABC Uni
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.3/4 1.1/4 1.0/3 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/6 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.8/3
Total Viewers (million) 3.25 6.36 4.60 4.09 1.60

Repeats of FOX's animated lineup steered FOX to a Sunday night victory with adults 18-49, though CBS's Big Brother was the night's top show with the youthful 18-49 crowd.  CBS also had the most viewing for the night.  Big Brother has a streak  of improved ratings performance over the summer 2009 ratings.

Summer scripted dramas Scoundrels and The Gates on ABC continued their ratings drops, each dropping a tenth of a ratings point with adults 18-49 versus last week, with both shows finishing in last place in their timeslots.  I'm not sure exactly what it says when both shows trailed a repeat of America's Got Talent and repeats of CBS crime dramas, but I'm sure it doesn't say anything good.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, July 18, 2010:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 1.4/5 5.68
NBC Dateline NBC 1.0/4 4.54
CBS 60 Minutes 0.9/3 7.63
FOX Sons of Tucson 0.6/2 1.51
7:30 FOX American Dad (R) 0.8/3 1.95
8:00 CBS Big Brother 12 2.3/8 6.98
FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.5/5 3.56
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition (R) 1.1/4 4.54
NBC Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) 0.8/3 4.54
8:30 FOX The Cleveland Show (R) 1.7/5 3.81
9:00 FOX Family Guy (R) 2.0/6 4.24
NBC America's Got Talent (R) 1.2/4 4.53
CBS CSI (R) 1.0/3 5.05
ABC Scoundrels 0.7/2 3.16
9:30 FOX Family Guy (R) 2.1/6 4.44
10:00 NBC America's Got Talent (R) 1.5/4 4.79
CBS Cold Case (R) 1.1/3 5.79
ABC The Gates 0.9/3 2.97

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