TV Ratings Sunday: 'Big Brother' Paces CBS Win, But 'Same Name' Premieres Modestly

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July 25th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS FOX Uni NBC ABC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.4/5 1.1/4 0.7/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.425 2.880 3.296 4.132 4.300

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 rating, even with last Sunday. The premiere of unscripted series Same Name scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating - a slow start but still the best adults 18-49 ratings for the time period since the Survivor finale in May. Repeats of Fox's animated lineup were good enough for second place with adults 18-49, and led the night with adults 18-34 and teens.

Dateline NBC's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating was its best Sunday outing since May 22. The Marriage Ref was steady vs. last week with a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, July 24, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS 60 Minutes 1.1/4 8.21
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 1.0/4 5.19
NBC Dateline NBC 1.0/3 4.37
FOX American Dad (R) 0.8/3 1.79
7:30 FOX Bob's Burgers (R) 1.0/3 2.01
8:00 CBS Big Brother 13 2.4/7 6.90
FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.8/6 3.66
NBC America's Got Talent (R) 1.1/3 4.44
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R) 1.0/3 3.98
8:30 FOX Cleveland Show (R) 1.5/4 2.99
9:00 FOX Family Guy (R) 1.8/5 3.64
CBS Same Name (Premiere) 1.5/4 5.27
NBC America's Got Talent (R) 1.1/3 4.61
ABC Castle (R) 0.7/2 3.75
9:30 FOX American Dad (R) 1.5/4 3.19
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R) 1.2/3 5.32
NBC Marriage Ref 1.0/3 3.12
ABC Body of Proof (R) 0.8/2 4.28

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


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