TV Ratings Sunday: 'Big Brother' Slides, 'Whodunnit' Finale Rises to Series High + 'Crossing Lines' Finale Hits New Low

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August 19th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.9/6 1.2/4 1.0/3 0.7/2 0.5/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.6/6 0.7/2 0.7/2 0.4/2 0.3/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.811 6.255 4.025 1.952 2.290

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for FOX (Preseason 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.

FOX was number one among adults 18-49, but CBS won with total viewers.

On FOX, the NFL Preseason Football earned a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS Big Brother earned a 2.0, down four tenths from last week's 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Unforgettable tied last week's series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Secret Millionaire garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating up from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating. The finale of Whodunnit notched a  1.4, up three tenths from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the tow hour finale of  Crossing Lines earned a series low 0.4 adults 18-49 rating from 9-11PM, down from last week's 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, August 18, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM FOX NFL Pre Season Football - Colts/Giants (7-10PM) 1.9 6 5.81
CBS 60 Minutes 0.9 3 7.32
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 0.9 3 4.59
NBC America's Got Talent -R (7-9PM) 0.5 2 2.53
8:00 PM CBS Big Brother 2.0 6 6.52
ABC Secret Millionaire 1.2 4 4.73
9:00PM ABC Whodunnit? -Finale 1.4 4 3.67
CBS Unforgettable 1.1 3 6.36
NBC Crossing Lines - Finale (9-11PM) 0.4 1 2.05
10:00 PM CBS The Mentalist -R 0.7 2 4.82
ABC Castle -R 0.7 2 3.13

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



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  • Leon

    2 hour finale only gets a .4 wow

  • BigBrotherFan

    Pathetic Crossing Lines! The delusional will say it’s coming back because “it’s cheap” lol

  • rob60990

    Wow at Whodunnit hitting a series high.

    Who else saw that fantastic Revenge promo? :D

  • Survivor Fan

    Really good for Whodunnit!

  • Samunto

    I wonder how the ratings were internationally to see if it warrants a 2nd season of Crossing Lines. It premieres this week in Germany.

    I don’t see it returning to NBC even if it comes for free. Will be sth like Flashpoint or Listener which continued for a while without a US broadcaster.

  • Survivor Fan

    Yes or no on a Whodunnit season 2?

  • Anonymous

    I really hope Whodunnit gets a second season. It deserves it.

    But it probably won’t.

  • CarShark

    Yay! I hope That Whodunnit’s pop finale stands. I’d love to see a second season.

  • ph

    Good episode of “Unforgettable” — more people should be watching it.

  • Azzman

    I liked CL–lots of hot chicks! And Fichtner is weird, but cool..And Poppy..baby..why you keep droppin’ baby?

  • Cle


    mee… cant wait for rvg..

  • Hardline_Pro

    Crossing Lines is doing worse than Siberia…

  • dave

    I think crossing lines finale was very good kinda surprised Noone else is watching it.

  • Carmen

    The football pre season game (on Fox) only got a 1.9 across the 3 hours.

    Amazing. I would have thought that any football game would get at least a 4.0. Even a pre season game and especially one involving the New York Giants.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ rob60990

    I saw it, but I missed the second half of last season. Is there a way for me to catch up (the only streaming service I have is Netflix)?

  • jessica

    Crossing Lines proves Americans don’t want stories about things outside America, unless perhaps if they are set in London.

    Crossing Lines will be on CBC in Canada at a time still i don’t think publicly announced, like most people who get CBC also couldn’t see it on NBC… unless CBC is going to show the uncut version!

    What so few people will ever realise or accept is that Crossing Lines was created by an American but it was commissioned by a French broadcaster and a World-Excluding-USA broadcaster and NBC is just a foreign market rights buyer. NBC’s only great decision is if it picks up further seasons should those seasons be commissioned by TF1 and AXN.

    Samunto, the lovely Flashpoint had a US broadcaster from late pre-production through series finale. You i think want to be saying The Listener and Saving Hope and Due South. They were renewed by CTV on a combination of strong domestic ratings and foreign sales even without the USA being one of the markets the show was sold to. The English-speaking-world outside the USA is pretty damn huge and those shows suggest the USA isn’t as important as it likes to think itself to be. Outside the USA viewers aren’t so fundamentally turned off by a show not set ‘in their own back yard’. Sea Patrol is popular in Canada and Republic Of Doyle has some nice audiences in Ireland and Australia. Love/Hate is huge everywhere except the US on Hulu where people complained that it sounded too Irish (is that why Jo sounds so American despite being Parisian?). Out of Doctor Who’s 800 episodes only a handful have been set in the USA and well i would think the 800 episodes suggests enough about its success.

    Whodunnit? Anyone else find it rather like playing the killer’s game in Murder In Small Town X. I would rather live than try to win the money and almost certainly be killed.

  • Survivor Fan

    @ Jessica

    You do realize that no one really died on Whodunnit, right?

  • Stuart Pitt

    @jessica who said, “Crossing Lines proves Americans don’t want stories about things outside America, unless perhaps if they are set in London.”

    I agree. I thought Crossing Lines was one of the better police dramas I’ve seen in recent years. It never got the ratings and I’ll agree it was likely because it was based in Europe.

    “NBC’s only great decision is if it picks up further seasons should those seasons be commissioned by TF1 and AXN.” Although I’d like to see a second season, it is important to realize that it lost to repeats. It would be foolish to air a second season in the US because they’d likely get more viewers by airing repeats of a popular show.

  • PurpleDrazi

    “Crossing Lines proves Americans don’t want stories about things outside America, unless perhaps if they are set in London.”

    One show failing doesn’t prove anything. You do realize we have over a hundred channels to chose from and many hundreds of shows. Just think how many American shows get cancelled each year. The odds of any show making it these days, much less one that comes on during the summer on a low rated network, are not that great.

  • Jeff R

    I hope Whodunnit gets another season. I rather enjoyed it. I’m not quite sure how the winner was decided, though. The winner seemed shocked at who the killer was, so what did the winner really solve? Also, the person who was killed last (and therefore the runner up)had the winner fingered the entire season. It just seemed unclear and a bit confusing at the end.

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