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TV Ratings Sunday: 'Big Brother' Rises to Season High, 'Reckless' Flat + 'Rising Star' Rises for Finale

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August 25th, 2014

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Scoreboard NBC CBS FOX ABC x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.8/6 1.3/4 1.0/3 0.8/2 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share x x x x x
Total Viewers (million) 6.547 6.512 2.476 3.120 x

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

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

On NBC, Sunday Night Football: Exhibition earned a preliminary 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, down two tenths from the preliminary 2.1 adults 18-49 rating that last year's Minnesota/San Francisco pre-season game earned. NOTE: total viewing figures coming soon.

On CBS Big Brother scored a season high 2.5, up three tenths from last week’s 2.2 adults 18-49  rating.  Unforgettable garnered a 0.9, up a tenth from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating. Reckless matched last week's series low 0.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, Wipeout notched a 0.7, down two tenths from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating and matching its series low. The season finale of Rising Star earned a 0.9, up a tenth from last week's 0.8 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, August 24, 2014 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM FOX NFL Overrun 1.3 5 3.82
NBC Dateline NBC 1.2 5 6.40
CBS 60 Minutes -R 1.1 4 8.37
ABC Wipeout (7-9PM) 0.7 3 2.98
7:30PM FOX The Simpsons -R 1.0 4 2.34
8:00 PM CBS Big Brother 2.5 8 7.26
NBC Sunday Night Football Exhibition (8-11PM) 1.9 6
FOX The Simpsons -R 1.0 3 2.50
8:30PM FOX Bob's Burgers -R 0.8 3 1.86
9:00PM FOX Family Guy -R 1.1 3 2.32
ABC Rising Star -Live 0.9 3 3.20
CBS Unforgetable 0.9 3 6.38
9:30PM FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.0 3 2.01
10:00PM ABC Castle -R 0.6 2 3.27
CBS Reckless 0.5 2 4.04

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Definitions: Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
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