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

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  • Flame

    Nice uptick for Whodunnit?, but I don’t think it will return with ratings between 1.0 and 1.4. Even though Exec Producer Zuiker rode the 3.x million viewer train on the Youtube AfterBuzz TV Show we all know how that worked out for Harry’s Law.

    As for the final, I think it’s just a little bit unfair that the contestant who guessed the murderer every single week lost to the other contestant who didn’t guess the right person even once and didn’t even believe hir when (s)he told him that (s)he’s the culprit.

  • 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)?”

    The season 2 DVD comes out tomorrow so hopefully it gets posted on Netflix around early September like last year.

  • SJ

    I saw that Revenge promo too. So pumped for the new season!

    I only ever watched the pilot of Whodunnit. It just seemed so fake… and I’m usually a sucker for murder mysteries.

  • Flame

    @Jeff R: “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.”

    – According to Exec Producer Zuiker they filmed the 9 question mark puzzle pieces individually and timed the contestants. The winner beat the loser, who was handicapped by the flu on that day by the way, by 44 seconds. The pics were then edited together to give the illusion of a simultaneous contest.

  • James


  • ZmaX

    Yes! I was the Revenge promo too! So excited for this new season. There are so many possible explanations for the Flash-forward scene, I can’t wait :D

  • hmyers

    I know Whodunnit was on the cheesy side, but it was great summer TV. I too thought the ending was a strange since they didn’t really explain how the winner won. With that being said I really hop ABC gives it another season, it might not have been a ratins killer but it was steady throughout the summer!!!!

  • Kate

    @Jeff R and @Flame – The point was to be the last person surviving at the end to “unmask the killer” not to “guess who the killer was” since the killer wasn’t dropping hints in every episode. They were all random guesses/hunches – she just happened to be right. I’m happy with the winner since they were clearly on their A game the entire time and did exceptionally well despite being a part of the underdogs for most of the game. It was well deserved. The runner-up seemed pretty dumbfounded while dealing with the murders throughout the entire season.

  • CBSviewer

    @ rob60990

    Great promo for Revenge and Once Upon a Time :)

  • jj

    Preseason football sucks so bad. They should skip it. Use those weeks for more practice and go straight to regular season.

  • Kissan

    OMG that Revenge promo was awesome!!! Just looked it up on youtube and you know it’s good when it has 40,000 likes and 515 likes and only two dislikes.

  • Kissan

    I meant 40,000 “views”.

  • Carl

    With the current people in power in the BB house the ratings will just keep sliding.

  • gerry

    @ Kate – sorry i agree w Jeff R. I would have much preferred if the winner had actually been who had pinpointed the killer from the very beginning. ‘unmasking a killer’ and ‘guessing who the killer is’ are the same thing. one person did that, the other person was simply faster at solving riddles. the winner changed his mind multiple times, as to whom the killer was. the runner up did not, once. so that person SHOULD HAVE WON.

    that being said, i would love to see it renewed, and if this boost for the finale keeps in the final ratings, i think it’s got a shot. it couldn’t have cost abc that much to make this show.

    or, they could just BRING BACK THE MOLE which is essentially the same exact show, sans murders.

  • gerry

    **spoiler above**

    sorry, unintentional spoiler above. stupid pronouns.

  • Kate

    @gerry It’s not the same thing! When I said “unmask the killer,” I meant it as more of “being there at the end to see who the other person in the room was.” The show played out as more of a “How was the murder done?” than an actual “Whodunnit?” Eliminations weren’t based on accusations, contestants just threw a name out after stating their cases. Lindsey had no actual evidence pointing to the killer. That hadn’t been the point. If there had been clues left behind after every murder that pointed to a certain contestant as the killer, then yes, she should have won, but that would have been a completely different game, would it have not?

  • networkman

    I think ABC should try Whodunnit? once more. Bring it back for a second season and just work out the few kinks in the show.

    I’m really getting concerned about Big Brother. I’m starting to feel the show should of kept the MVP throughout the season. I don’t understand how Aaryn could jeopardize her relationship with Helen to apease Amanda and McCrae. She has to start thinking about the the jury house and who would vote for her at the end. Let Amanda do her own dirty work if she is capable of ever winning a competition. Elissa doesn’t even want to be there. Her heart is not in the game. Why get rid of Helen, a true competitor willing to work with her(Aaryn), before Elissa?

  • networkman

    The Revenge promo looked awesome. I’m really anticipating its return. Once Upon a Time was ok. It didn’t excite me as much as Revenge.

  • pll fan

    i’m surprised people actually liked Whodunnit. it came across as completely fake. the entire thing seemed like a poorly scripted show. everyone was acting. coming from someone who loves murder mystery shows and loved abc’s The Mole, i thought Whodunnit was awful.

  • It’s Me ;)

    At least Whodunnit had the highest rating of the hour. (Excluding the football game on Fox) I must say, is that the biggest rating for Crossing Lines? Ha. No doubt it’s cancelling. Anyway, Whodunnit NEEDS a second season! (I knew Cris was the killer!) Also, did anyone catch the unbelievable season three promo of Revenge? God, I’m still freaking out. What was with that preview?! I mean, last time Jack found out Emily is really Amanda who he thought was his wife who just died as he thinks Conrad Graysonis responsible for his wife’s death so he’s about to kill her and he stops cause Emily reveals she’s Amanda…and in the preview Emily is shot in the stomach on a boat in a white dress apologizing and later….uhhhhh did Conrad just get shot?! AAAAHHH I can’t figure it out!!!! Somebody give me their thoughts….

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