TV Ratings Sunday: 'Sunday Night Football' Rules the Night While 'Big Brother' and 'Secret Millionaire' Rise & 'Unforgettable' Summer Season Finale Hits New Low

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September 9th, 2013


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 7.2/19 3.9/11 1.6/4 0.9/2 0.6/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 6.6/20 3.8/12 0.9/3 0.6/2 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 18.720 9.857 7.241 3.948 1.775


NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for  NBC & FOX (NFL Football) as well as CBS (US Open Tennis) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.

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

On NBC the season opener of Sunday Night Football, which featured a matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants  earned a 9.1 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11PM, down  from last year's Game #1 fast nationals (which earned a 9.8 from 8:30-11 and featured Pittsburgh at Denver). We have more data on last night's football ratings here.

On CBS Big Brother scored a 1.9, up a tenth from last week's 1.8  adults 18-49 rating. The summer season finale of Unforgettable garnered a series low 0.9, down a tenth from last week's series low 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the season finale of Secret Millionaire earned a 1.1, up three tenths from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.



Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, September 8, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM FOX NFL Overrun 7.9 25 21.53
NBC Football Night in America 2.1 6 6.47
CBS US Open Tennis 1.6 5 8.13
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 0.9 3 4.81
7:30PM FOX NFL Overrun/ The OT 7.5 22 19.76
NBC Football Night in America 3.1 9 8.75
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 7.0 19 18.28
FOX The Simpsons -R 2.9 8 6.51
CBS 60 Minutes 1.9 5 8.83
ABC Shark Tank -R 1.0 3 3.64
8:30PM NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11PM) 9.1 23 23.25
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.8 5 4.10
9:00PM CBS Big Brother 1.9 5 6.81
FOX Family Guy -R 1.7 4 3.73
ABC Secret Millionaire 1.1 3 4.34
9:30PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.7 4 3.53
10:00 PM CBS Unforgettable 0.9 2 5.20
ABC Castle -R 0.6 2 2.99

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




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Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

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  • erwanfromfrance

    2.9 for a Simpsons rerun is HUGE ! Thank you football !

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    Unforgettable pathetic

    Wow, Simpsons repeat beat a lot of original episodes this season OH WAIT

    Now, NBC illusion starts, they won november sweeps, then fall behind Univision

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    Unforgettable pathetic

    Wow, Simpsons repeat beat a lot of original episodes this season OH WAIT

    Now, NBC illusion starts, they will win november sweeps, then fall behind Univision

  • josh

    OMG @ SNF good numbers

    Glad to see BB is falling i miss Helen and Elissa

    Breaking Bad was outstanding

  • RJ

    My guess is the CBS shows will adjust two tenths each (at least) given there is a nine minute inclusion of the previous show.

  • TomZ

    Well the simpsons repeat beat many of the originals epiosdes xD so did bob’s burgers (I think)…

  • CrimeDawg

    Well you have to remember that in February there is this little thing called the Winter Olympics that usually get about 20+ million viewers for the 16 days.
    That should help the inevitable NBC tanking in the spring.

  • Seth

    Excellent for Big Brother. Best show on television besides Bethenny.

  • Mike

    Hate to see BB up. Thursday night was my last of watching it. It started out just for this season, but I think I am done for good. 500 episodes and I never missed one. But I just can’t take the casting and interference anymore.

  • BigBrotherFan

    Wikipedia listed Unforgettable with 13 episodes

  • BigBrotherFan

    I really enjoyed the first season of Unforgettable because I like Poppy but it deserves to be canceled. I didn’t like the retooling and it became EVEN more cliché and CBS generic.

  • BigBrotherFan

    I was completely disgusted with Andy and am only watching BIG BROTHER to see him get evicted. He’s so pathetic. It was kind of hard to watch them treat Elissa that way.

  • CrimTV

    Even thought Big Brother is up a tenth from last week. I know we shouldn’t compare this to it’s Thursdays episode, but this is still down 7 tenths from the Thursday episode, obviously this may not have anything to do with Elissa’s eviction, but it could be, at least half of that 7 tenth, 900,000 approx 18-49 drop could be to do with that.

  • fouratsakka

    i thought that unforgettable is 13 episode this season as in wikipedia ???

  • SVU: Hannibal Lector’s Dinner

    Cbs was pushed back 52 minutes in east/central.

    I would stop watching BB, but since there are only 4 episodes left I may ass well keep on. Besides there hadn’t been a glimpse of the Jury House since Judd came back in the house, I’m still holding out that they’ll replace the BB memories episode with nothing but the Jury House.

  • Dan W

    Really surprised that Big Brother went up after Elissa, the only kind and decent player left, was evicted. I’m still watching only to see these five homophobic, bigoted, racist, misogynistic, perverted douche bags turn on each other one by one and get back stabbed. Also can’t wait to watch some of them find out they lost their jobs!!!

  • Greg

    Unforgettable didn’t even had a chance. I hope they air the remaining episodes. Always sad when a show ends before airing its entirety.

  • Carl

    So the BB ratings are actually up on this time last week, which was a terrific episode, and which had the people who were supposed to cause viewers to leave with them. I guess it shows the basic viewer is mostly just sticking with it to the end, barring some collapse on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • josh

    I was completely disgusted with Andy and am only watching BIG BROTHER to see him get evicted. He’s so pathetic. It was kind of hard to watch them treat Elissa that way.

    I know right he called he a liar ! Can you believe this? what a low life person I know that is just a game but he is like the most mean twisted sick sociopat , poor elissa she was begging him to not vore here out and that rat showed his real face.. blehh…

  • Mon

    Last week was a holiday weekend, so BB almost tying with last week’s show is kind of bad.

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