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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  • Maslany

    @pll fan The entire show was unscripted (as far as contestant reactions and investigations go).

    Lindsey did NOT name Cris as the killer the entire time because of in-game performances or hunches. Cris hinted on twitter that the ONLY reason Lindsey believed she was the killer was because of outside biases and confrontations that happened before the game started. She didn’t specify exactly what she meant, but she worded it to make it seem like her and Lindsey didn’t like each other all that much.

  • Mr Mikey


    Well, then you’re not very smart. Nobody wants to sit through a meaningless game, where the starters are pulled after the first quarter.

  • chloe

    Anyone prediction ratings for revenge series 3 premiere

  • Illinois

    @ chloe


  • Samunto


    Crossing Lines is actually a co-production with costs divided among TF1 in France, Sat.1 Germany, and NBC. Then comes AXN and Rai 2 in Italy.
    All these channels were involved from the word go.
    Series is yet to premiere on TF1 in France and the french net has a say about renewal.

    With Flashpoint CBS was is from the beginning then quit and after a while without a US partner while it continued production iON Network ( i believe) eventually joined in. So NO! Flashpoint did not have a US partner from start to finish, there was a break in between. Get your facts straight!

  • chloe

    @illionis I think it will get more than that,it will get higher than last year premiere

  • Illinois

    @ chloe

    Last year premiere got a 3.2 and 9.74 million viewers. The finale got a 1.7 and 6.12 million viewers.
    A 2.5 is more likely than a 3.0 or higher.

  • John A

    2.2 for Revenge premiere . Cant see it getting higher. Good promo for it.

  • booboo

    I liked “Crossing Lines”, but they killed off the most likable character at the end of the first episode. Must be a European thing; I know they like movies that don’t end, which is also perplexing.

    “Whodunnit” was awful, but not as bad as “Siberia”. I hope the intellectually stimulating “Bachelor Pad” wasn’t cancelled for one of those two.

  • Cookie

    I think the winner of Whodunnit won because they were the first to solve all his riddles and make it in the room with the killer. Hoping they bring that show back. It was so corny yet so good. I was actually shocked at who the killer was. I thought it would be Giles or Milena.

  • Illinois

    @ John A

    I agree with you. I said 2.5 because i’m too optimistic ;)

  • BG

    I’m also hoping for another season of Whodunnit. Loved the Revenge promo. Can’t wait!!!

    @chloe 2.5-2.6

  • Maslany


    BACHELOR PAD is more intellectually stimulating than a mystery show that allows you to theorize about the killer and the murders and Siberia which makes you question what is going on and has you trying to predict what all the weird Supernatural occurrences are about, not to mention the fact that it references HISTORY and has accurate facts about the original meteorite crash? Have you even watched either show? Bachelor Pad is mind-numbing garbage that revolves around people making themselves look like ignorant fools; it deserves to be cancelled just to save America from losing more brain cells than they already have watching ridiculous reality shows.

  • Maslany


    Siberia isn’t even on ABC so it has NOTHING to do with whether BP gets cancelled or not…

  • Parker Wyeth

    We watched the finale of Crossing Lines. It wasn’t too bad. Unforgettable was good.

    It was really sad to read of Lee Thompson Young’s death. Det. Barry Frost on Rizzoli & Isles. He and Korsak played off each other well. It’s awful to think of what someone must go through when they contemplate suicide. RIP.

  • Kissan

    I think Revenge will a 2.6 for the premiere.

  • Paul F

    Crossing Lines is a good show – haven’t missed one yet. Since the forced character development of the first episode, the writers have done a good job turning them into interesting people. I hope it gets renewed.

  • E.S.

    FOX must have turned off a segment of their football audience with the excessive cross promotion of FOX Sports 1 that last night’s telecast had.

  • Phlox

    Big Brother is in trouble. Oh oh.

  • Ultima

    FOX must have turned off a segment of their football audience with the excessive cross promotion of FOX Sports 1 that last night’s telecast had.

    It’s preseason football… this is like suggesting that people will be turned off because of the excessive self-promotion in a fall preview show!

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