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TV Ratings: 'Marriage Ref' Returns at Lows, but NBC Wins Night; 'Family Guy' Tops Night

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June 27th, 2011

Scoreboard NBC FOX Uni CBS ABC
Adults 18-49: rating/Share 1.4/4 1.3/4 1.1/3 0.9/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.0/3 1.3/5 1.1/4 0.5/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.746 2.578 2.986 5.470 4.228

NBC edged out Fox for the night with adults 18-49 with a two hour repeat of America's Got Talent and the season premiere of The Marriage Ref. The Marriage Ref of course returned well down from its 2010 premiere when it had tons of promotion during the Winter Olympics, and also down 20% from its 2010 finale when it scored a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. Last night's premiere scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, tying a series low with adults 18-49.

A repeat of Fox's Family Guy was the night's top show with adults 18-49 on broadcast with a 1.9 rating. But look for the 9pm season premiere of HBO's True Blood to top everything in Sunday primetime by a wide margin.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, June 26, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 1.0/4 4.74
CBS 60 Minutes 0.8/3 6.99
NBC Dateline NBC 0.8/3 3.70
FOX American Dad (R) 0.7/3 1.46
7:30 FOX Bob's Burgers (R) 0.7/3 1.55
8:00 NBC America's Got Talent (R) 8-10p 1.6/5 5.36
FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.3/4 2.80
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R) 1.0/3 3.90
CBS Hawaii Five-0 (R) 0.7/2 4.92
8:30 FOX Cleveland Show (R) 1.4/4 2.79
9:00 FOX Family Guy (R) 1.9/5 3.71
CBS Undercover Boss (R) 1.1/3 4.76
ABC Castle (R) 0.7/2 4.23
9:30 FOX American Dad (R) 1.6/4 3.15
10:00 NBC Marriage Ref (Season Premiere) 1.6/4 4.57
CBS CSI: Miami (R) 1.0/3 5.20
ABC Body Of Proof (R) 0.7/2 4.03

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Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

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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. 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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