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[08/10/15 - 08:40 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NFL Preseason Opens on Top for NBC
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (8/9/15):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live sports, Fast Nationals for NBC are approximate.]

NBC (8.279 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "Mr. Robinson" (3.994 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), another "Mr. Robinson" (4.190 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "NFL Hall of Fame Game Pre-Kick" (10.224 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2) and "NFL Hall of Fame Game: Steelers vs. Vikings" (9.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1).

CBS (5.698 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second place with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.503 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Big Brother 17" (6.671 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Madam Secretary" (3.696 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "CSI: Cyber" (3.924 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was ABC (3.788 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.505 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.742 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Save My Life: Boston Trauma" (3.163 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, FOX (1.361 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with its all-repeat lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (1.088 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.190 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14), "The Simpsons" (1.695 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.421 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Family Guy" (1.573 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.201 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - Big Brother 17
+9.09% - Bachelor in Paradise
-25.00% - Save My Life: Boston Trauma

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+255.56% - NFL Hall of Fame Game: Steelers vs. Vikings (vs. Various)
+60.00% - Bachelor in Paradise (vs. Wipeout/Rising Star)
+23.53% - Big Brother 17
0.00% - Save My Life: Boston Trauma (vs. Castle (Repeat))


Here are the highlights of the 12 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/10/14):

CBS (9.025 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) surged to the top spot on Sunday thanks to a two-hour "PGA Overrun" (11.643 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) followed by a repeat "60 Minutes" (7.440 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and a new "Big Brother 16" (5.375 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

ABC (3.653 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then took home the silver with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.501 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Wipeout" (3.210 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Rising Star" (2.920 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Castle" (3.983 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was NBC (3.278 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.004 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) adn "America's Got Talent" (3.552 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "American Dad" (1.289 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Simpsons" (1.867 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) led into the network's annual "Teen Choice 2014" (2.573 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) on FOX (2.241 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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