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[08/05/13 - 08:24 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NFL Preseason Opens on Top for NBC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for sunday, august 4, 2013)

Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

NBC (7.962 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (4.618 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "NFL Pre-Season Pre-Game" (9.972 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) and "NFL Pre-Season: Cowboys vs. Dolphins (Hall of Fame Game)" (8.898 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2).

The silver then went to CBS (6.568 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.115 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Big Brother 15" (6.779 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Unforgettable" (6.956 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "The Mentalist" (4.423 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15).

Next up was FOX (2.451 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "American Dad" (1.385 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16), "The Simpsons" (1.886 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), another "The Simpsons" (2.697 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "Bob's Burgers" (2.453 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Family Guy" (3.054 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and another "Family Guy" (3.231 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

And finally, ABC (3.794 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) closed out the night with a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.213 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) followed by the return of "Secret Millionaire" (5.018 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), a new "Whodunnit?" (3.022 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and a repeat of "Castle" (2.922 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Big Brother 15
-7.69% - Unforgettable
-9.09% - Whodunnit?

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+140.00% - Unforgettable (vs. Hawaii Five-0 (Repeat))
+50.00% - Secret Millionaire
+42.86% - Whodunnit? (vs. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition)
+4.76% - Big Brother 15
-67.62% - NFL Pre-Season Pre-Game (vs. 2012 Summer Olympics)
-68.57% - NFL Pre-Season: Cowboys vs. Dolphins (Hall of Fame Game) (vs. 2012 Summer Olympics)


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/5/12):

NBC (29.22 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.3, #1) was untouchable once again on Sunday with its mix of "Michael Phelps: America's Golden Champion" (20.47 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.9, #2) and its "2012 Summer Olympics" (32.14 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 10.5, #1) coverage.

FOX (2.71 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed a distant silver with its all-repeat lineup of "American Dad" (1.56 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "The Cleveland Show" (1.73 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The Simpsons" (2.93 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), another "The Simpsons" (3.31 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5), "Family Guy" (3.34 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and another "Family Guy" (3.39 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4)

Next up was CBS (4.63 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.53 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "Big Brother 14" (5.85 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Hawaii Five-0" (2.88 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "The Mentalist" (3.28 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.88 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and new episodes of "Secret Millionaire" (3.82 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" (2.50 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) on ABC (3.18 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - 60 Minutes
+16.67% - Big Brother 14
-46.67% - Secret Millionaire (vs. 7/15/12)
-50.00% - Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (vs. 7/15/12)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-16.67% - 60 Minutes (vs. 60 Minutes (Repeat))
-20.00% - Secret Millionaire (vs. Ty's Great British Adventure 2011)
-22.22% - Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (vs. Take the Money and Run (Repeat)/Body of Proof (Repeat))
-25.00% - Big Brother 14

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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