TV Ratings Sunday: 'Big Brother' Down From Premiere, 'Extreme Makeover' Dips

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July 16th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.1/3 1.0/3 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.9/3 1.5/5 0.7/3 1.0/4 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 4.778 3.123 5.409 2.700 4.560


ABC and FOX tied the night in adults 18-49  while CBS was on top among total viewers.

On ABC, Secret Millionaire earned a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, flat with last week. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition scored a 1.4 rating, down a tenth from last week's 1.5 among adults 18-49.

On NBC, Dateline garnered a 0.8 rating, down three tenths from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the Sunday premiere of Big Brother earned a 2.2 rating, and was the highest-rated program of the evening despite being down from last week's season premiere, which earned a 2.6 rating. Earlier in the evening, a new 60 Minutes earned a 1.0 rating.

FOX was all repeats for the evening.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, July 15, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 1.2 4 5.205
CBS 60 Minutes 1.0 4 7.192
NBC Dateline NBC  (7-9PM) 0.8 3 5.205
FOX American Dad -R 0.8 3 1.897
7:30 PM FOX Cleveland Show -R 0.9 3 2.174
8:00 PM CBS Big Brother 2.2 7 6.16
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.6 5 3.525
ABC Secret Millionaire 1.5 5 5.612
8:30PM FOX The Simpsons -R 1.6 5 3.525
9:00PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.7 5 3.709
ABC Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (9-11) 1.4 4 4.147
NBC America's Got Talent -R (9-11PM) 1.0 3 3.915
CBS The Good Wife  -R 0.6 2 3.998
9:30 PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.8 5 3.902
10:00PM CBS The Mentalist -R 0.6 2 4.290

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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  • SG

    BB14 – best first 2 episodes of any season so far. Team Janelle.

  • Matt

    Not bad for BB but it needs to keep above a 2.0

  • Andrew

    I hope BB keeps falling. Worst 2 episodes of the series – horrible twist.

  • Mark

    BB14 is awesome!!!

  • Steve-A

    This coaching twist is stupid. This isn’t the Voice or X Factor. Come on BB. Dump this dumb idea!!

  • Razer

    Gonna be interesting to see how BB14’s ratings do. This whole season, I’m sure, is going to feel like a fight between Grodner and CBS execs, so we’ll see.

  • JoeyDavid.com

    I think the twist was just an excuse to bring on people from the past onto the show. It is a stupid idea. I am liking that weird nerd kid, but for some reason it appears that he was told to act that way. Producers tell these reality people to cause drama or act different to get viewers to talk and watch.

  • iggy.

    Berman has 60 Minutes as a rerun.

  • elliotness

    SG says best 2 episodes. Andrew says worst 2 episodes. Hmm? Guess it was just average

  • elliotness

    I think I’m going to tune in next week to big brother because of that blonde with the big booty lol

  • johnt

    How does the BB rating compares against last year’s?

  • K

    I like the coaching twist of BB. This is actually turning out to be a good season so far. I liked the team twist last season as well.

  • K

    On a related note, Fear Factor should be on Thurs at 8 instead of Mon at 8, where it is losing to HK and the Bachelorette in the ratings. Is it any wonder NBC is in the position it is in?

  • Austin

    I’m liking BB, I don’t know why people are mad. At least they didn’t bring Rachel back.

  • Ricky

    @Austin: But they brought back Janelle. Who is almost as bad. Less irritating, yes, but still not someone we want to see getting endless victories.

  • Steve

    ^ Amen (at least they didn’t bring Rachel back)

  • bluone

    Love BB but I don’t like the the coaches !! I wanted all new people and NO vets this year !! I can’t stand Janelle and Britney !!

  • Noelle

    @Joeydavid.com Actually, the nerdy kid, Ian, is doing that stuff himself for the cameras. If you hadn’t noticed, he kind of likes attention.

  • disney rocks

    Off-topic, but Disney’s August schedule is horrible- here’s what it should be-

    August 5-

    7:30- MBAV
    8- GLC
    8:30- SIU
    9- A&A

    August 10-

    8- A.N.T Farm
    8:30- Jessie
    9- Phineas and Ferb
    9:30- Gravity Falls

    August 12-

    7:30- MBAV
    8- GLC
    8:30- SIU
    9- A&A

    August 17-

    8- Toy Story 3 Premiere

    August 19-

    7:30- MBAV
    8- Shake It Up: Made In Japan

    August 24-

    8- A.N.T Farm
    8:30- Jessie
    9- Phineas and Ferb/Fish Hooks
    9:30- Gravity Falls

    August 26-

    8- GLC

    August 31-

    8- A.N.T Farm
    8:30- Jessie (season finale)
    9- Phineas and Ferb
    9:30- Gravity Fallls


    GLC- 3
    SIU- 2, plus a movie/special
    A&A- 2
    A.N.T Farm- 3
    Jessie- 3
    Phineas and Ferb- 2.5
    Fish Hooks- 0.5
    Gravity Falls- 3
    MBAV- 3


    September 2-

    7:30- MBAV

    September 7-

    7:30- Shake It Up: Made In Japan (rerun)
    9- Phineas and Ferb
    9:15- Fish Hooks

    September 14-

    7:30- Toy Story 3 (rerun)
    9:15- Fish Hooks
    9:30- Gravity Falls

    September 21-

    8- A.N.T Farm
    8:30- Phineas and Ferb
    9- Fish Hooks

    September 23-

    7:30- MBAV
    8- GLC
    8:30- A&A

    September 28-

    8- A.N.T Farm
    8:30- Jessie (season premiere)
    9- Jessie
    9:30- Gravity Falls

    September 30-

    7:30- MBAV
    8- GLC
    8:30- A&A (season finale)


    MBAV- 3
    GLC- 2
    A&A- 2
    Jessie- 1
    A.N.T Farm- 2
    Phineas and Ferb- 1.5
    Fish Hooks- 2
    Gravity Falls- 2

  • tv log

    CBS who didn’t sue ABC over Impossible Expedition which looks more Amazing Race than Glass House looks Big Brother USA which is more copy of Survivor! Ooh! Mark Burnett, the executive producer of Survivor. was executive producer of Impossible Expedition! Mark does n’t like Big Brother since it premiere on CBS twelve years! Now He must enjoy CBS not suing him last year!

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