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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  • Danak

    Are there audience/viewing numbers for past MDA telethon shows? I don’t think we even know if ABC’s numbers are better or worse than the show did in syndication.

  • Ultima

    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.

    Nonsense. It’s the final weekend of summer – barbeques, pool parties, family trips, etc.

  • 728huey

    @redbirds and Ultima

    Labor Day weekend represents the traditional, non-astronomical end of summer. So a lot of weekend parties and final summer vacations are planned around this time. And while people do work during the summer, the really heavy workloads traditionally tend to resume just after today. Also the sun begins rising noticeably later in the morning and setting earlier in the evening, even though we haven’t actually reached the autumnal equinox yet, thus contributing to the feeling of getting back to work or school.

  • Dan

    Secret millionaire has been dead for a while now and it’s final episode will air next week.

    As for Unforgettable, it’s basically done after this season

  • Melanie P.

    Great episode of BB last night! Hopefully Amanda will be sent packing on Thursday.

  • Kata

    Not surprised about BB and ratings… the skewed editing from the Live Feeds is getting old. Sunday’s show was entertaining… but not close to the truth and many who watch the feeds don’t bother with the ‘fake’ version of a draining game.

  • K

    BB down because Aaryn is gone, and there are spoilers that already stated GM was HOH. After Amanda’s outburst before last Thurs show it was a foregone conclusion she and Mcrae were going to be nominated. No suspense there.

  • barbiewarbie

    BB is a winner. Labor day or not, it’s addictive. Best show on TV but I love Person of Interest. Great show.

  • Carl

    The episode last night actually was more accurate to live feed editing than I’ve seen in a while. Most of the last few weeks have been.

    I think maybe people weren’t expecting anything interesting to happen, but it was a very good episode, lots of fun, not as stale as most episodes now. I get that the Time Warner blackout and Labor Day took a toll, but I’m sorry people didn’t watch. I do wonder if it will adjust up or down.

  • Cath

    Labor Day Weekend, people were out at the lake around our area. Even the malls were empty. BB was wonderful. Maybe people will catch it on the internet.

  • CBSviewer

    Next Sunday will be Unforgettable ladt episode because on 9/15 CBS will repeat the season finale of The Good Wife, on 9/22 there will be the Emmy Awards and on 9/29 a New Season will start for The Good Wife.

  • Jon

    Actually these ratings on A sunday night on a Labor day weekend aren’t bad, considering most people aren’t around watching tv on this particular holiday. I’m still not convinced that Unforgettable is doomed like so many people seem to. It’s been getting 1.1-1.2 all season with 7 million plus most of its run this season. Last night was an excusable dip for the holiday. My guess is it will be renewed for another summer run.

  • jacob

    Unforgettable is done, why didnt they close out the story? I want to know who killed her sister. They got the chance 2 tell that story but hardly mentioned it?

  • s0303

    i gave up on big brother last week…i just couldn’t take these house guests anymore…

  • Joseph

    In the “old days”, the MDA Telethon ran for 21 hours (9 P.M. EDT Sunday through 6 P.M. EDT Labor Day), and I suspect it’s ratings numbers were higher for several reasons:

    (1) Jerry Lewis. He is a true legend of showbiz and despite the jokes about him, he has probably done more humanitarian work than anyone else in the recent (read: since 1950) history of American show business.

    (2) Local stations usually had ten minutes of cut-ins each hour emceed by the stations’ news anchors and/or local radio DJ’s/talk show hosts. In some cities, some of these local cut-ins (other than during the middle of the night) took place as live shots from remote locations in the stations’ viewing area.

    (3) The final round of the PGA Boston Open wasn’t on Labor Day afternoon.

    (4) There was less live coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis tournament on Labor Day itself.

    (5) Many viewers tuned-in the telethon on Labor Day afternoon when they came home from Labor Day activities. In fact, more than half of the total money raised during the 21-hour event was raised during the final six hours (q12 Noon-6 P.M. EDT) of the show for this very reason.

    (6) Some tuned-in to see how much they would raise.

    (7) And there were far fewer choices on the dial. Outside of major markets, many viewers had just three commercial channels to chose from, and one of them would pre-empt regular programs (including network fare) for the 21-hour telethon.

  • Jimmy Bodnar

    It was Labor Day weekend, most people are out of town or entertaining. That’s why numbers were low. Unforgettable will rebound next week and be renewed for season three as a summer show.

  • donj1973

    So Unforgettable is going to have about 5 episodes unaired. There is no way they can air the entire season unless they burn the rest off on Saturdays.

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