TV Ratings Sunday: 'Big Brother' Falls, 'Unforgettable' & 'Secret Millionaire' Down, MDA Telethon Low, 'TV's Funniest of the Funniest' Mediocre

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September 2nd, 2013

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Scoreboard CBS FOX NBC ABC x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.7/2 0.4/1 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share x x x x x
Total Viewers (million) 6.49 2.13 3.15 2.19 x

 Update: Program ratings have arrived

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

On CBS Big Brother scored a 1.8 down 28 percent from last week's 2.5 adults 18-49 rating. Unforgettable garnered a series low 1.0 down 9 percent from last week's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the special TV's Funniest of the Funniest earned a 0.9  adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the Fall Preview Special earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating, even with last year’s performance on September 2, 2012.  Secret Millionaire notched a 0.8 down 20 percent from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. The MDA Show of Strength Telethon scored a 0.2 adults 18-49 rating  down 60 percent from a 0.5 for the special TV's Dynamic Duos which aired in the time period on September 2, 2012. This is the first time the MDA Telethon aired on ABC, and the first time it was shortened to 2 hours from its traditional full day length.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, September 1, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS 60 Minutes - R 1.0/4 8.21
NBC America's Got Talent - R (7-9 PM) 0.5/2 2.32
FOX American Dad - R 0.5/2 1.28
ABC ABC Fall Preview Special 0.4/2 2.34
7:30 FOX The Cleveland Show - R 0.7/3 1.78
8:00 CBS  Big Brother 1.8/6 6.73
FOX The Simpsons - R 1.0/4 2.52
ABC  Secret Millionaire 0.8/3 3.75
8:30 FOX Bob's Burgers - R 0.8/3 2.04
9:00 FOX Family Guy - R 1.1/4 2.53
CBS Unforgettable 1.0/3 5.05
NBC TV's Funniest of the Funniest (9-11PM) 0.9/3 3.98
ABC MDA Show of Strength Telethon (9-11PM) 0.2/1 1.34
9:30 FOX Family Guy - R 1.1/3 2.62
10:00 CBS The Mentalist - R 0.8/2 5.05

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  • Sam

    Big brother was amazing. Weird

  • John A

    Wow ABC at CW levels. Unforgettable doing badly but it is helping The Mentalist to repeat better.

  • Chris

    Ouch for BB15…I guess with all the rumors that the show is fixed and Amanda’s BS attitude had taken a toll on the show..I for one just watch Thursday episode…

  • Dillan

    Shocked at BB. Last night was the best episode so far this season.

  • Cameron

    Everything is down, especially bb15 because of Labor Day weekend

  • Marilyn

    Unforgettable doing badly at 6.84??? MDA telethon, now that was bad.

  • John A

    Unforgettable at 0.9 Is doing bad. Or maybe it got a 1.0 but still bad.

  • Ultima

    Ouch for BB15…I guess with all the rumors that the show is fixed and Amanda’s BS attitude had taken a toll on the show

    I’m sure being a holiday weekend had nothing to do with it…

  • CBSviewer

    Unforgettable has a few days (or hours) before cancelation.

  • a p garcia

    Knew it was a bad idea for MDA to dump Jerry Lewis.

  • Dan T

    People don’t know whether an episode is good until they watch it, in response to BB15.

    Holiday weekend.

    Jerry Lewis had nothing to do with MDA ratings. Knew they’d be low, but wow though.

  • Samunto

    These fall previews are always so low rated. Why do the networks instist on doing them?

  • Jake

    BB15 will rebound back in the ratings this Thursday for the double eviction so no worries, it’s funny that people don’t realize that it’s LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

  • Dan S

    I guess the MDA Telethon has seen better days. Reduced to just 2 hrs in primetime & it got destroyed. These truly are CW numbers who might have had a chance to beat ABC if they were on Sundays.

  • E.S.

    I’m pretty sure the “documentary” about teachers that will air this Friday on CBS will get CW/MDA ratings as well.

  • redbirds

    Excuses. Nobody even cares about labor day. It’s not even a holiday to celebrate. All it is is a day off from work that’s all.

  • 12345

    A lot of families take their last summer vacations this weekend. So, no, it’s not an excuse.

  • KK

    D T..you simply don’t know what you’re talking about. Jerry and his “Love Network” had EVERYTHING to do with the telethon ratings. There was a wealth of local community input for decades. Now there is no tote board, no local cut-ins, and no Jerry. MDA absolutely ruined the best fund raising apparatus in the country.

  • Dan T

    If Jerry hosted the unpromoted primetime 2hr telethon on the Sunday before Labor Day, itd be the same ratings. Saying it was a no-win situation. Brad Pitt could have hosted and ratings would have barely gone up.

  • chris

    Not that it would’ve mattered in the ratings, but most Fox programming was pre-empted last night in Cincinnati due to our annual labor day weekend fireworks show.

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