Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

Note: NFL pre-emptions on ABC and FOX may result in greater adjustments than usual in the finals.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.9/4 4.72
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.8/4 7.76
P&G Gymnastics Championships (NBC) (7-9 p.m.) 0.6/3 2.94
U.S. Amateur Golf Championship (FOX) 0.3/1 0.99
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.8/7 6.42
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 0.9/4 5.07
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.57
8:30 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.59
9 p.m. Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (ABC) 0.8/3 4.20
American Ninja Warrior (NBC) (9-11 p.m.) – R 0.6/2 2.49
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.7/3 1.79
Candy Crush (CBS) 0.5/2 2.39
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.7/3 1.85
10 p.m. The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) 0.7/3 4.02
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.02


CBS’ “Big Brother” was off slightly week to week in Sunday’s ratings, but it still led the night by a wide margin in the adults 18-49 demographic.

The show delivered a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49, off a tenth of a point from last week. Despite the small decline, “Big Brother” still doubled the next-highest rated show on the broadcast networks, a rerun of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.9) on ABC.

Also at ABC, “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” (0.8) and “The $100,000 Pyramid” (0.7) were even with last week. “Candy Crush” also held steady at 0.5 for CBS. NBC’s coverage of the P&G Gymnastics Championships drew a 0.6.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 0.9/4 0.8/3 0.6/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 4.90 4.50 2.72 1.46


: 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.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. 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. 
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. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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