TV Ratings Sunday: 'Big Brother' Hits Sunday High, 'Celebrity Wife Swap' & 'Whodunnit?' Down, 'Crossing Lines' Up, Soft Preview for 'Axe Cop' & 'High School USA!'

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July 22nd, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.3/5 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 2.558 5.242 3.458 1.977 3.492

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

On FOX, the primetime preview of late night animated series Axe Cop and High School USA! garnered a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were a little pessimistic.

On CBS Big Brother earned a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating up 14 percent from last week’s 2.1, matching Thursday’s season high rating.

On ABC, Celebrity Wife Swap garnered a 1.0 down 17 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.  Whodunnit tied its series low with a 1.0 down 9 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, Crossing Lines notched a 0.6 up 20 percent from last week's series low 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, July 21, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 1.0/4 4.95
CBS 60 Minutes - R 0.8/3 7.66
NBC America's Got Talent - R (7-9PM) 0.8/3 3.50
FOX American Dad - R 0.6/2 1.46
7:30 FOX The Simpsons - R 0.9/3 2.11
8:00 CBS  Big Brother 2.4/7 6.84
FOX  The Simpsons - R 1.4/5 3.24
ABC  Celebrity Wife Swap 1.0/3 3.05
8:30 FOX  Bob's Burgers - R 1.3/4 2.74
9:00 FOX Family Guy - R 1.5/4 3.29
ABC Whodunnit? 1.0/3 2.92
NBC Law & Order: SVU - R 0.9/3 4.06
CBS The Good Wife - R 0.7/2 3.11
9:30 FOX Axe Cop/High School USA! - Series Premiere 1.1/3 2.51
10:00 CBS The Mentalist - R 0.6/2 3.37
ABC Castle - R 0.6/2 2.92
NBC Crossing Lines 0.6/2 2.91

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  • E.S.

    Good thing they’re sticking the mini-toons on FOX’s upcoming Saturday late night “ADHD” block. “High School USA” was much worse than IFC’s “Out There.” I don’t think “coming-of-age” cartoons have worked anywhere on TV.

  • tom

    High School USA!??????? Are you taking the piss??????? LOL LOL LOL

  • Survivor Fan

    While I am partial to Survivor, I think that Big Brother will be the last of CBS’s Big Three competitions (Survivor, TAR, BB) still on the air. I, however, expect all three to make it to 2015.

  • two

    @Sally, @Kissan

    No one cares.

  • Nick

    These are fantastic numbers for Big Brother. This is a show that people just love to watch. It has a huge following, and I can’t see CBS cancelling it anytime soon. Not only does it probably make more money than Survivor and Amazing Race, but it’s the only thing that keeps CBS alive in the summer.

  • John A

    Big Brother was looking weak when it premiered but its doing solid ratings now.

  • catsrule

    BigBrotherFan: NBC should really cancel Crossing Lines! What awful numbers! Truly pathetic. I bet it gets adjusted down, too! Nobody is even watching it and I know why but I wont state the obvious.
    GREAT Numbers for Big Brother! I really hope Unforgettable can do a 2.0 next week! One of the FEW cbs shows I like as well!

    You’re wrong. I’ve watched every episode of Crossing Lines and will continue with it. CL obviously won’t get a 2nd season but I’m grateful NBC is airing all the episodes. Crossing Lines is much better than the awful trash that is Big Brothel.

  • SG

    Great BB season!

  • CBSviewer

    @ BigBrotherFan and catsrule

    NBC can’t cancel Crossing Lines considering it’s produced by TF1. If it does well in France it’ll be Renewed.
    NBC will maybe not air it but it won’t be canceled (at least by NBC).

  • Eliot

    Go Big Brother! :D This season has been growing for over a week now in both viewing figures and those all important demos. Big Brother should continue to grow!

  • Andrea from Italy

    Crossing Lines airs here in Italy too, on Rai2. I think that even Rai (Italy’s public TV broadcaster) is involved in the co-production

  • Andrew

    Totally forgot about the new animation on Fox last night, but it didn’t sound very appealing, like something that was compatible with Family Guy or The Simpsons or even Bobs Burgers. That animated block at 9:30 sounded like something more suited for Adult Swim. Anyways, I was watching Dexter and Ray Donovan last night on cable. I’m more interested in the cable ratings for Sunday.

  • Why Watch

    Another good Mystery on PBS. Better than what the networks had on

  • John A

    How Is Crossing Lines doing in France? Or have they started airing it?

  • John A

    How Is Crossing Lines doing in France? Or have they started airing it?

  • John A

    How Is Crossing Lines doing in France? Or have they started airing it?

  • Rob R

    Big Brother is killing it! What a success for CBS summertime.

  • Ted Craig

    Axe Cop: Further proof that cable-like shows will get you cable-like numbers.

  • Melanie P.

    Go Big Brother! Hope Aaryn gets evicted this week. You never know though, looks like this season has been full of surprises (eviction wise).

  • BoSox Juan

    9:00 FOX Family Guy – R 1.5/4 3.29
    9:30 FOX Axe Cop/High School USA! – Series Premiere 1.1/3 2.51

    Peeps are missing the pt with AC & HS USA. First, FOX beat everything at 9pm & 10pm in 18-49. Second, these only fill 11 min of time. That is something new for major broadcast networks. Since it’s an avg, AC probably did closer to a 1.3/3.5 & about 2.8m viewers. That’s impressive when compared with other programs on CN that fill 11 min of time. That bodes well for AD H-D Sat’s after 11pm on the FOX network.

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