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[08/24/15 - 08:41 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Tops Demos with NFL Preseason
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 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (8/23/15):

FOX (4.347 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its coverage of "NFL Preseason: St. Louis at Tennessee" (5.090 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2). Leading off the night was a repeat of "Bob's Burgers" (1.911 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a second "Bob's Burgers" (2.326 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

CBS (5.857 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was still the most-watched network with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.252 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Big Brother 17" (6.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "Madam Secretary" (4.102 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "CSI: Cyber" (4.091 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was ABC (4.323 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.019 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.245 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm with Robin Roberts" (3.784 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.903 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13), another "Hollywood Game Night" (2.496 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.765 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) on NBC (2.482 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+10.00% - Big Brother 17
0.00% - Bachelor in Paradise

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+62.50% - Bachelor in Paradise (vs. Wipeout/Rising Star)
0.00% - Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm with Robin Roberts (vs. Castle (Repeat))
-12.00% - Big Brother 17


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/24/14):

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

NBC (6.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with a new "Dateline NBC" (6.404 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and coverage of the "NFL Preseason: Bengals at Cardinals" (6.595 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

CBS (6.512 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "60 Minutes" (8.373 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Big Brother 16" (7.259 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1), "Unforgettable" (6.379 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Reckless" (3.270 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

Next up was FOX (2.476 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "American Dad" (3.822 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "The Simpsons" (2.342 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "The Simpsons" (2.501 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Bob's Burgers" (1.861 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Family Guy" (2.319 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Bob's Burgers" (2.012 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, ABC (3.120 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with a two-hour "Wipeout" (2.983 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13), the season finale of "Rising Star" (3.247 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and a repeat "Castle" (3.270 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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