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

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June 24th, 2013

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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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  • pll fan

    whodunnit wasn’t terrible but it doesn’t seem half as good as the mole was. the mole was great! they should’ve just brought that show back instead!

  • Red Jane

    Ratings watch for the networks is such a bore in summer… Repeats vs. terrible / neglected shows…

    Luckily we have cable… How many viewers will TB lose after the premiere that was already 13% down from last season? Or will it improve since the premiere had tough competition and was better than expected? Will Mad Men perk up for the season finale? Will The Killing stabilise at the depressing 0.4? How will Ray Donovan’s and Dexter’s final season premiere (ok that’s next week)?

  • Joseph

    The Discovery Channel’s coverage of Nik Wallenda’s high-wire walk across the Grand Canyon dominated the rati8ngs, and all the broadcast networks suffered.

    The finale of “Mad Men” also hurt the broadcast nets.

    Tonight (June 24th), and maybe Wednesday (if the series goes to a 7th game), NBC should dominate with Game 6 (and maybe Game 7) of the Stanley Cup Finals), but the most-watched prime-time show on five (or even six; if the Stanley Cup Finals end tonight) of the next seven nights may well be cable programs.

  • One

    Crossing Lines actually did get decent promotion. At least, I saw a fair number of promos while watching Hannibal. I don’t know if they actually promoted it during The Voice (which I don’t watch), which is about the only NBC show anyone watches anymore.

  • One @ Joseph

    There’s no way Mad Men has enough viewers to hurt the broadcast nets. The most it’s ever gotten is about a 1.3-1.4, and that’s only for premieres.

  • NBC Fan


    I saw promos during The Voice, America’s Got Talent, and Hannibal.

  • The End

    @The finale of “Mad Men” also hurt the broadcast nets.

    Nice joke there Joseph. I genuinely laughed.

  • joe

    Whodunnit was terrible hated it told my wife one and done. .Please cancel

  • Jan Perry

    Liked Celebrity wife swap, Palin’s family really surprised me, very uncouth people. Who donnit needs work but could make it!!

  • rob60990

    “Nice joke there Joseph. I genuinely laughed.”

    sadly he’s not joking.

  • kswand

    Disappointed in Crossing Lines ratings. I thought it was really good.

  • Dejah

    I watched Celebrity Wife Swap for the first time and enjoyed it.
    Joan’s daughter should have a nanny show she is wonderful with kids.
    The rest of the Night I watched OWN with a couple specials she had on
    that were very interesting. Good night for TV for me.

  • Townie

    The only reason ABC had such bad numbers isn’t luck, IT’S CALLED PALIN!!!! People hate anything that has Palin at the end of it!!!

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    “Nice joke there Joseph. I genuinely laughed.”

    -“sadly he’s not joking.”

    I always thought he was joking with those constant late season assertions that scripted programming would be removed from Fridays by all 5 networks ;-)

  • AllOfHerTwist

    People hate anything that has Palin at the end of it!!!

    I’m not so sure about that. I’ve always liked Michael Palin.

  • Moonlight Special

    CBS has found their numbers down lately as they go the way of the other nets, who would rather have the approval of the Hollywood elites than the eyeballs of the American people. As long as TV networks have contempt for potential viewers, AKA the normies, they will find we turn them off, and turn on alternative media. Sure TV is more convenient, but if there is nothing worth watching on the “tube,” we are happy to have unlimited of choices on the internet.

  • tj

    Daytime soaps pull in better numbers than all this.

  • stevenD

    Maybe with no Stanley Cup game Wednesday Crossing Lines can repeat there to try to gain some viewers?

  • Alevin

    In an interview the producer of Crossing Line said that the fate of the show will be based on the european ratings. It is produced by 3 european networks(in Italy it premiered really good) and NBC has nothing to do with it, they just bought the product.

    Maybe it will get renewed thanks to the european ratings but NBC will decide not air the second season, maybe it will not get renewed at all…no one knows yet, but no decisions will be made based on the ratings NBC ratings.

  • Seriesjunkie

    Crossing Lines same ol’ same ol’… with all the promotion and a 0,7, most definitely DOA

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