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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  • bob

    Big Brother may be down some but it is beating the crap out of that atrocious Glass House. CBS just can’t get it wrong…Wins almost every night of the week bother Fall and Summer….Great Network….Has the best shows….More eyeballs and demo than all the other networks combined….All networks should be CBS!!!

  • Sarah

    CBS sucks. Being the most popular does not make a network the best. It means they know how to appeal to the masses which, in my opinion, isn’t a good thing.

    BB14 is the latest example of a show gone down the tubes. This year is horrible, and the twist…gak…has-beens- no thanks!

  • joss

  • Kaylie

    @disneyrocks. Disney would air the Toy Story 3 on a Friday to lead in a new cartoon lineup then Saturday morning the next day.

  • Networkman

    What the twist does on BB14 is help creates division thus bringing on the tension and drama quicker. We are actually watching two games within one. First we are able to see how the new contestants are interacting. And then we are also watching the gameplay and strategy from the coaches. And then it is interesting to see if the newbies, which I consider are the puppets continue to listen to the coaches(puppeteers)even though it may hinder their advancement.

    After watching Big Brother, I kept the channel on CBS and then starting glancing at The Good Wife. It begin to hold my attention. It is my opinion that the supporting players are stronger than Julianna. When they were on the screen, I really got invested. Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming and the others were fantastic. Even guest star Anika Noni Rose was strong. I hate to say it but Julianna is the weak link.

  • Jeff R

    Does anyone else think the coaches will become players in a few weeks?

  • xwiseguyx

    Yes.. the coaches will become players per the rumors I have heard… I like the twist btw…

  • Joseph

    I like BB14 , the twist works and it helps to create teams that might not have formed early in the game.
    Also , it lets the producers bring in known Veterans that might help with ratings , but without turning the season into another All Star mess.
    As for Glass House , it creeps me out and feels a lot like the old series Anonymous that was set in a bunker.

  • JR

    If Big Brother’s ratings continue to sink perhaps next season they’ll finally give us an all original cast again without any returning players or this coaching nonsense.

  • Melanie

    I like the new twist on BB14 and I am also rooting for Team Janelle!! I too wondered what would happen if any of the coaches players’ all got voted out, I got the feeling Boogie, Dan, Janelle and Britney will end up playing for the big prize also.

  • SoCal

    60 Minutes was not new. The stories are all recycled from the regular TV season

  • Cath

    Too many programming overlaps last night. ” Leverage” started at same time as “Big Brother”. “Inspector Lewis” on PBS overlapped with “Political Animals” and “Glades/Longmire”. Throw in HBO/Showtime. Anyone with the Hopper was recording like crazy.

  • Nadine

    …well we know it wasn’t competition from Political Animal….

  • The Mike Factor

    Yes! I think the coaches will become players and to be honest I want to see that happen. If I was on the show I would hate having someone tell me what to do the whole time.

  • Joshua

    Big Brother bloody fantastic…

  • Noelle

    I think it’s in their contract that the coaches can’t become players since they would be exempt from eviction for many weeks before they enter.

  • JohnnyRico

    BB is as rigged as a Harlem Globetrotters game or a WWE MATCH. I gurantee at some point the judges will be allowed to enter the game and Dan,Janelle or Britney will win the season.

  • JohnnyRico

    Noelle do the match. The season starts with 12 players instead of the usual 14 and 1 of the 12 goes the first night. The coaches will be players at some point.

  • Networkman

    I think that would be the worst mistake for the coaches to all of a sudden become players. All of the newbies should then join together and pick off the coaches one by one. It wouldn’t be fair to have them compete again for the money. I would lose interest in watching.

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