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TV Ratings Sunday: 'Big Brother' & 'Rising Star' Up, 'Reckless' Down, 'Unforgettable' Steady

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August 18th, 2014

Big Brother August 17 2014

Scoreboard FOX CBS ABC NBC UNI
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.1/4 0.8/3 0.7/2 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 1.4/6 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.6/2 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 5.132 6.318 3.658 3.063 1.938

NOTE:  Due to the nature of live sports coverage, ratings for FOX (NFL Preseason Football) are tentative and subject to change. 

FOX was number one with adults 18-49 while CBS won with total viewers. 

On FOX, Preseason Football (Chiefs/Panthers)  earned a preliminary 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. We will update this number when FOX Sports releases final ratings for the game later this morning.

On CBS Big Brother scored a 2.1, up 5 percent from last week’s 2.0 adults 18-49  rating.  Unforgettable garnered a 0.8 adults 18-49 rating , even with its most recent episode. Reckless tied its series low with a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating, down 17 percent from a 0.6 for its most recent episode.On ABC, Wipeout notched a 0.8, down two tenths from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. Rising Star earned a 0.8, up 14 percent  from last week's series low 0.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, August 17, 2014 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 ABC America's Funniest Home Videos - R 1.0/4 4.73
CBS 60 Minutes - R 0.9/3 7.76
FOX American Dad - R 0.9/3 2.31
NBC American Ninja Warrior - R  (7-9PM) 0.7/2 2.88
7:30 FOX The Simpsons - R 1.1/4 2.91
8:00 CBS Big Brother 2.1/7 6.85
FOX NFL Pre-Season Football (Chiefs/Panthers) 8-11PM 2.0/6 5.97
ABC Wipeout 0.8/3 3.00
9:00 CBS Unforgettable 0.8/3 6.24
NBC America's Got Talent - R (9-11PM) 0.8/3 3.24
ABC Rising Star 0.8/2 3.14
10:00 ABC Castle - R 0.6/2 3.76
CBS Reckless 0.5/2 4.41

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Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

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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