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[08/17/15 - 08:32 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: PGA Overrun Helps Spark CBS Victory
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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (8/16/15):

CBS (6.766 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "PGA Overrun" (10.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "60 Minutes" (9.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Big Brother 17" (6.721 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Madam Secretary" (3.984 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "CSI: Cyber" (3.824 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

ABC (4.027 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.856 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.964 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Save My Life: Boston Trauma" (3.323 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was FOX (2.295 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and repeats of "Family Guy" (1.460 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12), a second "Family Guy" (1.888 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and its annual presentation of "Teen Choice 2015" (2.606 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, NBC (2.614 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out evening with "Hollywood Game Night" (2.231 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), "Ed Sheeran: Live at Wembley Stadium" (2.090 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "American Ninja Warrior" (3.067 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+16.67% - Save My Life: Boston Trauma
+8.33% - Bachelor in Paradise
-4.76% - Big Brother 17

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+62.50% - Bachelor in Paradise (vs. Wipeout/Rising Star)
+16.67% - Save My Life: Boston Trauma (vs. Castle (Repeat))
0.00% - Teen Choice 2015 (vs. Teen Choice 2014 on 8/10/14)
-4.76% - Big Brother 17
-28.57% - Ed Sheeran: Live at Wembley Stadium (vs. American Ninja Warrior (Repeat))


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/17/14):

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

FOX (5.132 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Sunday with its mix of "American Dad" (2.310 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Simpsons" (2.909 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "NFL Pregame" (5.325 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "NFL Preseason: Chiefs at Panthers" (6.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

CBS (6.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the most-watched network with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.763 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Big Brother 16" (6.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1), "Unforgettable" (6.244 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Reckless" (4.412 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Next up was ABC (3.658 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.730 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Wipeout" (3.001 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Rising Star" (3.138 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Castle" (3.762 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, NBC (3.063 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.884 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "America's Got Talent" (3.242 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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