TV Ratings Sunday: Soft Debut for 'Whodunnit', 'Celebrity Wife Swap' Returns Down, 'Crossing Lines' Premieres Low

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June 24th, 2013

Crossing Lines Pilot

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.1/3 0.8/2 0.7/2 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 2.476 4.046 4.161 2.056 4.900

  ABC and FOX tied for number one among adults 18-49 while CBS was on top with total viewers.

On ABC, the summer premiere of  Celebrity Wife Swap tied its series low with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating down 19 percent from a 1.6 for its most recent original on Tuesday, May 12 and down 46 percent from a 2.4 for its winter premiere on February 26. The series premiere of Whodunnit garnered a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 8 percent from the debut of last summer’s lower profile reality series NY Med on July 10, 2012.

On NBC, the two hour series premiere of Crossing Lines earned a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating, even with last summer’s Saving Hope premiere on Thursday June 7, and tying with that show as the lowest rated big-four broadcast drama debut ever.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, June 23, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 NBC America's Got Talent - R (7-9PM) 1.1/3 3.95
CBS 60 Minutes - R 1.0/4 8.23
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 1.0/4 4.84
FOX The Cleveland Show - R 0.6/2 1.45
7:30 FOX American Dad - R 0.8/3 1.72
8:00 ABC  Celebrity Wife Swap - Summer Premiere 1.3/4 4.44
FOX  The Simpsons - R 1.2/4 2.61
CBS  Elementary - R 0.5/2 4.18
8:30 FOX  Bob's Burgers - R 1.2/4 2.54
9:00 FOX Family Guy - R 1.5/4 3.32
ABC Whodunnit? - Series Premiere 1.3/4 4.04
NBC Crossing Lines (9-11PM) - Series Premiere 0.7/2 4.37
CBS The Good Wife - R 0.4/1 3.36
9:30 FOX American Dad - R 1.4/4 3.24
10:00 ABC Castle - R 0.7/2 2.86
CBS The Mentalist - R 0.6/2 3.83

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  • brian

    Has to be painful for NBC with Crossing Lines considering all the promos they aired for it. It did similar to Save Me and (I think) worse than Do No Harm, although that was a fall show and Lines is supposed to be a summer show.

    Whodunnit did OK for its debut. It seemed similar to The Mole as far as 18-49 viewers went. Now if it doesn’t fade from view like that show did, it might hold out OK.

    I think you’ll find a decent number decided to tune in and watch the guy walking across the Canyon, or even online. Even though I thought he’d start walking right at 7 PM and it wasn’t until 8:40 when he began. The first hour and 40 felt like a Super Bowl pregame show or relentless hype before opening Capone’s vault.

  • romo

    I need my SNF.

  • Greg

    It’ll be a blood bath once all of these summer shows get cancelled. That’s sad, I really wish people would watch them to stimulate the networks to try more stuff on summer, but… guess not. We’ll see how Under the Dome performs, and if that crashes as well, then I don’t see any hope.

  • sally

    i watched on stuff on cable and shows ive taped on DVR

  • rick

    Crossing Lines was actually pretty good. With the Euro settings (real or fake) it had a high gloss to it. That high wire act show on cable probably hurt some of the network shows.

  • CBSviewer

    Crossing Lines was good :)

  • Oliver

    My guess is that, going forward, networks will launch summer shows by premiering them in-season and letting them run into summer.

  • bjssp

    Is Crossing Lines financially different like Hannibal? If so, perhaps expectations are different.

    I haven’t seen the show, but it’d be nice for NBC to try to experiment when it comes to promoting shows. There’s far less of a risk of doing so in the summer, so perhaps they can try repeating it and seeing what happens.

  • Mark

    I liked Whodunnit

    Reminds me of The Mole which was great.

  • catsrule

    Boo! Crossing Lines is the best show NBC has aired since Awake. It should have premiered in the fall instead of Spader and Underwood’s shows.

  • s0303

    i’m not watching one show this summer now that hannibal is over…everything looks really bad…

  • HotLatino4GayMarriage

    Hopefully TV executives will realize that no one cares about the palins!!!

  • A

    I enjoyed Whodunnit, but I didn’t expect it to debut well. I hope it can pick some more viewers as the summer goes on.

  • CAS

    I don’t understand the point of summer shows. They rarely ever do well, and if you like one it always gets canceled. Big Brother is like the only summer show to consistently perform and return each year. Rookie Blue is a summer show in what it’s 3rd season, and it’s numbers are low too but somehow it managed to get renewed. Why even bother with summer shows? Why not just show repeats all summer? I tend to not watch them because I don’t want to get into a show that will just get canceled.

  • Bryce Novarro

    When do the Sunday cable ratings come out? I really want to know how Devious Maids did.

  • JoshuaCanada

    @CAS Rookie Blue preforms well in Canada and it costs next to nothing for the US to broadcast it and does decent enough. As long as it preforms well in Canada, ABC will renew it.

  • rob60990

    “Why not just show repeats all summer?”

    Because repeats usually do worse, sometimes a lot worse. For example, ABC could either repeat their dramas, most of which are serialized and get .5-.6 or pay a little extra for double that. It’s good to have as many eyeballs watching your network as possible to advertise your new fall shows though NBC always doing well in the summer hasn’t really helped them.

  • DonJ1973

    Crossing Lines is a European co-production similar to Hannibal. I saw on the end credits that AXN/Sony is involved.

    It’s got 8 more episodes to go. I think it will at least finish 1 season.

    BTW, the series is indeed filmed in Europe. I know a lot of the Pilot was shot in Paris.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Why is ABC preempting all dramas besides Castle (in a different time slot)? And look at those FOX repeats. Family Guy repeat wins the night. I’m quite enjoying having either two American Dad! or Family Guy repeats in a night. If they’d just not run Bob’s Burgers I’d watch from 6-9 every night. Luckily my local CW affiliate was running a ’90s Simpsons repeat during Bob’s Burgers slot when I switched channels.

  • DonJ1973


    Agree, you can’t show all repeats all summer long. I know it helps recoup costs on a lot of the fall/spring scripted shows to show re-runs, but advertisers don’t like to sponsor stuff that no one watches. Plus as you said, the ratings will be horrible and you have no avenue to promote your new fall shows.

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