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[08/05/19 - 10:27 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "CMA Fest" Helps Keep ABC in Front
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 (8/4/19):

ABC (4.598 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday thanks to a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.324 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and the "CMA Fest 2019" (4.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

CBS (4.114 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.297 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Big Brother 21" (4.308 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "Instinct" (3.141 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "The Good Fight" (2.710 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

Next up was NBC (2.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.547 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "America's Got Talent" (2.944 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Bring the Funny" (1.760 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.924 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up second runs of "Last Man Standing" (0.802 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), another "Last Man Standing" (0.976 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "The Simpsons" (0.976 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (0.903 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Family Guy" (1.161 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) plus a new "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.725 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.471 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with encores of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.672 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Pandora" (0.271 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+10.00% - Big Brother 21
0.00% - Instinct
0.00% - What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-11.11% - CMA Fest 2019 (vs. 8/8/18)
-25.00% - Instinct (vs. Bull (Repeat))
-26.67% - Big Brother 21
-50.00% - What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage (vs. 2018 iHeartCountry Festival)


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (8/5/18):

ABC (4.744 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held off the competition on Sunday with its unscripted mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.513 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.817 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.785 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

CBS (4.710 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with "60 Minutes" (7.405 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Big Brother 20" (5.548 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Bull" (2.816 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.071 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.822 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its lineup of "Making It" (1.766 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12), "America's Got Talent" (3.344 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and a new "Shades of Blue" (2.833 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, "One Strange Rock" (0.791 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "2018 iHeartCountry Festival" (1.710 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) on FOX (1.403 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+7.14% - Big Brother 20
0.00% - $100,000 Pyramid
0.00% - To Tell the Truth
-9.09% - Celebrity Family Feud (vs. 7/22/18)
-20.00% - Shades of Blue

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - $100,000 Pyramid (vs. Steve Harvey's Funderdome)
+14.29% - 2018 iHeartCountry Festival (vs. American Grit)
0.00% - To Tell the Truth (vs. $100,000 Pyramid)
0.00% - Celebrity Family Feud
-21.05% - Big Brother 20
-42.86% - Shades of Blue (vs. American Ninja Warrior (Repeat))

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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