TV Ratings Sunday: 'Big Brother' Slides, Still Leads CBS Win; Few Start "A New Beginning" With 'The Good Wife'

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September 5th, 2011

Scoreboard CBS ABC NBC FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.0/3 0.9/3 0.9/3
Total Viewers (million) 4.75 4.21 4.10 2.42

Update: Local pre-emptions for the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon may cause more than the typical level of adjustments in the final ratings due Tuesday.

It's the end of the summer and the broadcast networks are running on fumes. Next Sunday things rev up, as Sunday Night Football returns with Cowboys v. Jets which is certain to pile up the ratings.

Even without NFL pre-season or substantial MTV competition like last Sunday, Big Brother ratings slid from  last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating to a 2.3/2.4 rating (sadly, only half hours available at this time). Few tuned in for The Good Wife: A New Beginning recap episode at 9:30pm, it drew just a 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the evening, 60 Minutes had a 0.8/0.9 adults 18-49 rating down from last week's 1.0 rating.

Dateline NBC drew a 0.8/0.7 adults 18-49 rating. It wasn't on last Sunday night.

Fox's In the Flow With Affion Crockett was up a tenth vs. last Sunday to a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

half hourly results via Marc Berman.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, September 4, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 CBS 60 Minutes 0.8 3 5.64
NBC Dateline NBC 0.8 3 4.04
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 0.8 3 3.67
FOX American Dad - R 0.8 3 1.86
7:30 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 1.0 4 3.97
CBS 60 Minutes 0.9 3 6.11
NBC Dateline NBC 0.7 3 4.09
FOX BOB'S BURGERS - R 0.7 3 1.71
8:00 CBS BIG BROTHER 13 2.3 8 6.70
FOX THE SIMPSONS - R 1.2 4 2.67
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition -R 0.8 3 3.32
NBC Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (movie) 0.7 3 4.06
8:30 CBS BIG BROTHER 13 2.4 8 6.54
ABC Extreme Makeover Home Edition -R 0.9 3 3.60
NBC Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (movie) 0.7 2 3.31
9:00 FOX FAMILY GUY - R 1.6 5 3.46
NBC Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (movie) 0.8 3 3.93
ABC 20/20: The Sixth Sense 0.8 3 3.90
CBS Mike & Molly -R 0.8 2 3.24
9:30 ABC 20/20: The Sixth Sense 1.1 3 4.42
NBC Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (movie) 1.1 3 4.37
FOX In The Flow With Affion Crockett 1.1 3 4.37
CBS The Good Wife: A New Beginning (recap) 0.6 2 3.04
10:00 ABC 20/20: The Sixth Sense 1.3 4 5.21
NBC Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (movie) 1.1 3 4.31
CBS The Good Wife -R 0.5 2 3.20
10:30 ABC 20/20: The Sixth Sense 1.4 4 5.60
NBC Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (movie) 1.2 4 4.73
CBS The Good Wife -R 0.6 2 3.52

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


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