TV Ratings Sunday: 'Big Brother' Steady, CBS Wins; 'Teen Choice' Up With Teens, But Down Big with Adults + 'Same Name,' 'Marriage Ref' & More

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August 8th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS Uni FOX ABC NBC
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.7/5 1.2/3 1.0/3 1.0/3 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.2/4 1.1/4 1.2/4 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.630 3.191 2.791 3.967 2.931

Big Brother was steady versus last week with a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating, easily topping the night and pacing CBS to an easy win with adults 18-49 and total viewers. At 9pm Same Name was up 23% to a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

Perhaps adults are getting sick of Twilight, Gossip Girl and Justin Bieber, but teens haven't yet. Teen Choice 2011 posted a preliminary 1.1 rating with adults 18-49, down 27% versus last year's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, but with its target demo (teens) it posted a 2.8/10 (rating/share), its best since 2008 and its best among male teens since 2006.

The 9pm The Marriage Ref was steady versus last Sunday's 10pm telecast with a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating, and the 10pm "Ref" was up a tenth to a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, August 7, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (R) 1.3/4 5.30
CBS 60 Minutes 1.2/4 8.70
FOX American Dad (R) 0.7/3 1.71
NBC Dateline NBC 0.5/2 3.18
7:30 FOX Family Guy (R) 1.1/4 2.36
8:00 CBS Big Brother 13 2.8/9 7.76
FOX Teen Choice 2011 8-10p 1.1/3 3.17
ABC Ty's Great British Adventure 2011 1.0/3 3.83
NBC It's Worth What? (R) 0.7/2 3.12
9:00 CBS Same Name 1.6/4 5.05
NBC Marriage Ref 0.9/2 3.12
ABC Take the Money and Run (R) 0.9/2 3.11
10:00 CBS CSI: Miami (R) 1.2/3 5.01
NBC Marriage Ref 1.0/3 2.71
ABC Body of Proof (R) 0.9/2 3.64

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


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