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TV Ratings Sunday: Preseason Football Opens Down from Last Year, 'Wipeout' Up, 'Rising Star' Flat

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August 4th, 2014

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Scoreboard NBC CBS FOX ABC UNI
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.2/8 1.1/4 0.9/3 0.9/3 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.8.8 0.6/3 0.9/4 0.8/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (million) 6.697 6.160 2.012 3.885 1.847

NOTE: Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.  Due to a PGA gold overrun the start of CBS primetime was delayed seven minutes in the Eastern and Central timezones. CBS ratings are tentative and subject to change. 

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

On NBC, Wrestlemania: The World Television Premiere earned a preliminary 1.2, up 100 percent from last year’s 0.6 adults 18-49 rating. This number is likely to be adjusted down in the finals, since football aired from 7-8PM on the west coast. The NFL Hall of Fame Game,(Giants vs. Buffalo Bills)  the start of preseason football, scored a preliminary 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 26 percent from a preliminary 3.4 for last August’s preseason opener.

On CBS Big Brother scored a 1.9, down 14 percent from last week’s 2.2 adults 18-49 rating. Unforgettable matched last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating. Reckless matched last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Wipeout notched a0.9, up 13 percent from last week's series low 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. A two-hour Rising Star tied last week's series low series low 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

 

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, August 3, 2014 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 NBC WrestleMania 30: The World Television Premiere 1.2/5 3.90
  CBS 60 Minutes - R 1.0/4 7.80
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 1.0/4 4.83
FOX American Dad - R 0.5/2 1.29
7:30 FOX Bob's Burgers - R 0.6/3 1.43
8:00 NBC NFL Football Hall of Fame Game - Live (8-11PM) 2.5/8 7.63
  CBS Big Brother 1.9/7 6.67
FOX The Simpsons - R 1.1/4 2.29
ABC Wipeout 0.9/3 3.65
8:30 FOX The Simpsons - R 1.2/4 2.42
9:00 FOX Family Guy - R 1.2/4 2.54
CBS Unforgettable 1.0/3 5.77
ABC Rising Star  (9-11PM) 0.9/3 3.50
9:30 FOX American Dad - R 1.0/3 2.11
10:00 CBS Reckless 0.6/2 4.40

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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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