TV Ratings Sunday: Led by 'Big Brother' CBS Wins the Night

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July 18th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS FOX Uni NBC ABC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/4 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.0/3 1.3/5 1.2/4 0.7/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.368 2.808 3.102 3.987 4.170

CBS won the night in adults 18-49 and total viewers.  Big Brother topped the broadcast night with adults 18-49 with a 2.4/7, down a tenth from last Sunday.

Not really much else to say about the night -- NBC's The Marriage Ref was up 25% from last week, but that only brought it to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. That was good enough to beat a repeat of ABC's Body of Proof, but not good enough to take down "the sunglasses" as a CSI: Miami repeat won the 10pm hour.

Those wondering how the cable shows performed last night, most of those numbers won't be released until Tuesday morning. But I'm crossing my fingers that AMC ordered a special report and will release numbers for the Breaking Bad premiere sometime this afternoon.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, July 17, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS 60 Minutes 1.1/4 8.50
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 1.1/4 4.94
NBC Dateline NBC 0.8/3 3.63
FOX American Dad (R) 0.8/3 1.72
7:30 FOX Bob's Burgers (R) 0.8/3 1.76
8:00 CBS Big Brother 13 2.4/7 6.89
FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.4/5 3.14
NBC America's Got Talent (R) 8-10p 1.0/3 4.56
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R) 1.0/3 3.87
8:30 FOX Cleveland Show (R) 1.3/4 2.91
9:00 FOX Family Guy (R) 1.8/5 3.80
CBS Undercover Boss (R) 1.2/3 4.74
ABC Castle (R) 0.7/2 3.85
9:30 FOX American Dad (R) 1.7/4 3.51
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R) 1.2/3 5.35
NBC Marriage Ref 1.0/3 3.18
ABC Body of Proof (R) 0.7/2 4.02

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


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