TV Ratings Sunday: 'Big Brother' Rises, Paces CBS Win + 'Same Name,' 'Marriage Ref' Fall + 'The Bachelorette: Men Tell All'

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August 1st, 2011

Scoreboard CBS FOX Uni ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.6/5 1.5/5 1.4/4 1.3/4 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.2/4 1.7/6 1.4/5 1.0/3 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.611 3.140 3.516 5.041 3.797

Note: President Obama interrupted primetime on ABC, CBS and NBC for about 10 minutes from 8:40-8:50. CBS pushed their schedule out by 10 minutes and ABC and NBC re-joined their shows in progress. 

CBS edged out FOX for the night as Big Brother was up from last Sunday. BB looks to be up a bit over 10% versus last week while Same Name looks to be down a little from last week's premiere.  Fox's animation repeats put Fox in second with adults 18-49.

The Bachelorette: Men Tell All Special scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating -- that's way down (nearly 50%) from last summer when the special aired on a Monday, but it still gave ABC its best summer Sunday 9-11p performance with entertainment programming in nearly 5 years.

The Marriage Ref  was down 10% versus last week to a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, July 31, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS 60 Minutes 1.3/5 8.82
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 1.1/4 4.81
FOX American Dad (R) 0.9/3 1.98
NBC Dateline NBC 0.7/2 4.28
7:30 FOX Bob's Burgers (R) 1.0/4 2.08
8:00 CBS Big Brother 13 2.8/9 8.06
FOX The Simpsons (R) 1.6/5 3.58
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (R) 1.1/3 4.50
NBC America's Got Talent (R) 0.8/2 3.74
8:30 FOX Cleveland Show (R) 1.6/5 3.32
9:00 FOX Family Guy (R) 2.1/6 4.18
ABC The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All 1.5/4 5.11
CBS Same Name 1.4/4 4.41
NBC America's Got Talent (R) 0.9/3 4.28
9:30 FOX American Dad (R) 1.8/5 3.70
10:00 ABC The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All 1.7/4 5.75
CBS CSI: Miami (R) 1.2/3 5.15
NBC Marriage Ref 0.9/2 2.89

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