TV Ratings Sunday: Football Dominates Night, 'Secret Millionaire' Returns Down, 'Big Brother' Dips, 'Unforgettable' Hits Low

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August 5th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.9/9 1.3/4 1.2/4 0.9/3 0.8/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.4/9 0.8/3 1.3/5 0.6/2 0.6/2
Total Viewers (million) 7.962 6.568 2.451 3.794 1.979

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (Football) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, NFL Preseason Football featuring the Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys, scored a preliminary 3.3 adults 18-49 rating, up 10 percent from a 3.0 fast national for last year’s preseason game 1.

On CBS Big Brother earned a 2.2 down 4 percent from last week’s 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. Unforgettable scored a series low 1.2 down 8 percent from a 1.3 for last week's season premiere.

On ABC, the season premiere of Secret Millionaire garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating down 20 percent from a 1.5 for last season's premiere on June 3, 2012 and ranking as its lowest rated premiere to date.  Whodunnit tied its series low with a 1.0 down 9 percent from last week’s1.1 adults 18-49 rating.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, August 4, 2013:

Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
NBC America's Got Talent - R 1.4/5 4.62
CBS 60 Minutes - R 0.9/3 8.12
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 0.9/3 4.21
FOX American Dad - R 0.6/2 1.39
FOX The Simpsons - R 0.9/3 1.89
NBC NFL Preseason Football Pregame - Live  3.4/11 9.97
CBS  Big Brother 2.2/7 6.78
FOX  The Simpsons - R 1.3/4 2.70
ABC  Secret Millionaire - Season Premiere 1.2/4 5.02
NBC NFL Preseason Football  - Live (8:30-11PM) 3.3/9 8.90
FOX  Bob's Burgers - R 1.2/4 2.45
FOX Family Guy - R 1.5/4 3.05
CBS Unforgettable 1.2/3 6.96
ABC Whodunnit? 1.0/3 3.02
FOX Family Guy - R 1.6/5 3.23
CBS The Mentalist - R 0.8/2 4.42
ABC Castle - R 0.5/1 2.92

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.



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  • fourat sakka

    bad for that show they need to move it to anither time slot !!!!!!

  • fourat sakka

    bad for that show they need to move it to another time slot !!!!!!

  • alim

    suprised the big brother held up

  • Andy

    Time Warner/CBS dispute clearly not affecting the ratings very much at all…

  • Clarke

    Unforgettable was actually really good last night. The writing was top-notch and I was actually on the edge of my seat for the whole episode. Too bad the ratings are so bad, I think the show has a ton of potential to be sold into syndication…maybe it would do better on USA netowork – a 1.2 for a cable network is good business.

    Whodunnit is hanging in there at a 1.0. The show has been incredibly steady in the ratings…I think ABC might even renew it considering they renewed Celebrity Wife Swap which had similar numbers. I enjoy the show immensely, despite its cheesiness.

  • Seth

    Preseason football is sooooo bad

  • Jesse Cardoza

    Cbs is probably pissing blood at how low unforgettable is doing. I guess a year of being off the air really hurt viewership. Which is a shame since last nights episode was actually entertaining.

  • CrimTV

    Fox’s repeats did great!

  • catsrule

    How can FOX have a higher 18-34 rating than 18-49? I would have assumed the 18-34 would be added to the 35-49.

  • Dennis

    Nothing of interest then….except that Family Guy is a repeat Monster !

    Expecting Under the Dome to hit a low tonight considering all thats gone on this week… I will say 2.5 & 10 Million Viewers

  • John A

    Surprised that Unforgettable did that well. Its not that bad as its just burnoff at this point.

  • John A

    I thought Secret Millionaire was pulled last year and Canceled.

  • AllOfHerTwist

    Poppy got stepped on by Tony Romo!

    fourat sakka
    bad for that show they need to move it to another time slot !!!!!!
    bad for that show they need to move it to another time slot !!!!!!

    Um — which show?

  • s0303

    i love the nfl…but i just can’t get into preseason football…

  • HV

    Because it is a percentage.

  • r0ckmypants

    @John A – Unforgettable is not a burnoff. This season was always meant to be aired in the summer.

  • Ultima

    @John A
    I thought Secret Millionaire was pulled last year and Canceled.

    They’re just airing the episodes they didn’t air last season.

    How can FOX have a higher 18-34 rating than 18-49?

    Because a larger percentage of adults aged 18-34 watched their programming than did adults aged 18-49.

    I would have assumed the 18-34 would be added to the 35-49.

    It’s effectively (a+b)/(A+B), not (a/A)+(b/B).

  • Michael1


    “Family Guy is a repeat Monster !”

    For further confirmation, check out the nightly cable ratings or the weekly syndication ratings.

  • Martin245

    Unforgettable was a great episode.

  • JFC

    Football pregame got higher ratings than the game did?

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