TV Ratings Sunday: 'Big Brother' & 'Unforgettable' Rise, 'Secret Millionaire' Drops & 'Family Dance Off' Fails to Impress Against Pre-Season Football

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August 26th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.9/6 1.4/4 1.2/4 0.8/2 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.5/5 0.8/3 1.2/4 0.5/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 5.996 6.721 2.975 3.917 1.957

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (Preseason Football) & FOX (NFL Overrun)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, but CBS won with total viewers.

On NBC, the NFL Preseason Football earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the Night, the Madden Pigskin Pro-Am earned a 1.3, and the pre-game kickoff show earned a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS Big Brother earned a 2.3, up two tenths from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating. Unforgettable earned a 1.2, up a tenth from last week's series low 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC,Family Dance Off earned a 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.  Secret Millionaire garnered a season low 0.9, down three tenths from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, August 25, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM FOX NFL Overrun/American Dad -R 1.6 6 4.11
NBC Madden NFL 14 Pigskin Pro Am 1.3 5 4.24
CBS 60 Minutes 1.1 4 8.59
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 1.0 4 4.99
7:30PM FOX The Simpsons -R 1.0 4 2.49
8:00 PM CBS Big Brother 2.3 7 7.10
NBC NFL Pre Season Football Kickoff 2.1 6 6.97
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.3 4 3.15
ABC Family Dance Off 0.7 2 3.49
8:30PM NBC NFL Preseason Football (8:30-11PM) 2.1 7 6.50
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.0 3 2.37
9:00PM CBS Unforgettable 1.2 3 6.75
FOX Family Guy -R 1.2 3 2.81
ABC Secret Millionaire 0.9 2 4.00
9:30PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.3 3 2.93
10:00 PM CBS The Mentalist -R 0.8 2 4.46
ABC Castle -R 0.6 2 3.18

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



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  • Dillan

    Good for BB!

  • Clarke

    A good night for CBS. I really like this season of Unforgettable, too bad more viewers aren’t watching. I think the show is better suited for a cable channel like the USA network or TNT… a 1.2 demo in the summer on either of those channels would warrant a renewal.

  • Max Vrany

    Remember: No cable ratings (VMA’s, Breaking Bad, Sunday Night Baseball, etc) until tomorrow, unless the network puts out a press release sometime this afternoon, which is likely for the VMA’s and Breaking Bad.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Clarke

    I agree. This season of Unforgettable is better than the first but a 1.2… It’s very low even for summer.

  • a p garcia

    Can’t believe BB outrated the football game.

  • s0303

    preseason football is so boring…can’t wait til the real games start…

  • ph

    I love “Unforgettable.”

  • Nick

    @ Clarke you do realize that if Unforgettable gets a 1.2 on CBS during the summer, it will get significantly less on USA or TNT during the summer

  • MichaelZZZ

    Wait! Alert the media! With SYTYCD crashing and burning with 3.7 million viewers on FOX, it’s shocking that a SYTYCD rip off would crash and burn on ABC. Shocking! Not.

  • shogun

    @Max Vrany

    I forgot the VMA’s were on last night. Thanks.

    Between that and Labor day Weekend, now I know why HBO is waiting so long to roll out Boardwalk Empire (which looks great this year).

    @ a p garcia

    Counting chickens a little early, eh?

  • AllOfHerTwist

    Go Poppy!

  • Mon

    Go Ellisa! Take at least one of the 3AM down before you go.

  • Ultima

    @a p garcia
    Can’t believe BB outrated the football game.

    I can’t believe people don’t read the text that’s in red, bold and italics.

  • K


    I beg to differ. Last night’s game was pretty good

  • Max Vrany

    @K, especially since there were 3 Idiots on the Field! (link goes here)

  • James

    ABC is in trouble without Whodunnit. RENEW WHODUNNIT!!!

  • tom

    Family Dance Off??????? Really ABC?????? I would expect this from NBC.

  • omabin


  • USAmerica1st

    Real Sunday Night Football is right around the corner, thank goodness, and not a moment too soon.

  • CrimTV

    Big Brother went up because of the HOH winner, duh!

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