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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Unforgettable’ Returns Soft, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Finale Falls, ‘Whodunnit’ Up, ‘Big Brother’ Down

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 9:04am PDT

Back from the almost-dead for a second season, Unforgettable (1.3/4) returned last night to anchor CBS’ summer Sundays. The police procedural starring Poppy Montgomery as the remembers-everything Detective Carrie Wells and Dylan Walsh as Lt. Al Burns, started off its new 13-episode run down 55% from the 2.9/8 that its Season 1 premiere drew nearly two years ago. However, a lot has changed for Unforgettable since that September 20, 2011 premiere: The show, which was second in its time slot last night and tied with a Bob’s Burgers encore for the fifth highest rated show of the Big 4′s Primetime, has shifted from Tuesdays to Sundays, from a 10 PM time slot to 9 PM, and from being in season and having NCIS: LA as a lead-in to the summer with Big Brother as its lead-in now. While hitting a series low last night, Unforgettable, which CBS cancelled in May 2012 and then resurrected a month later, certainly bested its time-slot predecessor, up 160% in the adults 18-49 demo from encores of The Good Wife previously in the 9 PM Sunday slot this summer. With 7.02 million watching, it was also up 120% in viewers over Good Wife’s averages. With a cameo by Montgomery, Big Brother (2.2/7) kicked off the originals on CBS on Sunday. The highest-rated show of the night fell 12% from its July 22 episode. CBS started the night with a 60 Minutes (1.0/4) repeat, which was the most-watched show on Sunday night with 8.23 million viewers. With a 1.3/4, CBS tied with Univision for the top spot overall in the demo and was No. 1 among viewers with 6.665 million.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox Encores Win Night, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ & Whodunnit?’ Up, ‘Crossing Lines Hits New Low

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 9:35am PDT

Starting off with a “Viewer discretion” advisory, last night’s Big Brother (1.7/5) was full of milk-related challenges and the usual intrigue. It also had some changes unrelated to its content. Running from 8:30 to 9:30 PM last night, the veteran reality show was out of its regular slot due to overruns earlier in the night pushing CBS’s Sunday schedule off by around half an hour. Leaving the ratings a mess, the start of the network’s primetime line-up was pushed back about 20 minutes in the Central and East Coast time zones late night because the John Deere Classic Final golf tournament cut into the 60 Minutes encore that was supposed to start at 7 PM. As they stand, the melded fast nationals have BB as the highest rated show of the night and the most watched with 5.39 million viewers. Everything else on CBS except BB was encores on Sunday

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Up, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Hits New Low, ‘Whodunnit’ & Crossing Lines’ Even

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT

The first Sunday after the July 4 holiday saw primetime originals on every network except Fox. The biggest kid on the block was Big Brother (2.1/6). With some of last week’s online controversy addressed on air, the vet reality series was up 11% from its June 30 broadcast. The highest-rated show on the Big 4 last night was also the second-highest-rated Big Brother episode this season behind its 2.2 from the June 26 premiere. Big Brother was the second-most-watched show Sunday night with 6.25 million viewers; a 60 Minutes encore at 7 PM was the most watched overall with 7.55 million viewers. According to preliminary results, the second-highest-rated show Sunday was Fox’s Family Guy (1.7/5) repeat at 9 PM. Overall, CBS and Fox tied for the top spot in adults 18-49 with both scoring a 1.2/4. Among total viewers, CBS was No. 1 with 5.426 million watching.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ & ‘Whodunnit’ Down, ‘Crossing Lines’ Even, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ Hits Low

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 8:50am PDT

The Sunday debut of this season’s Big Brother (1.7/6) saw the veteran reality show fall double digits from both last year’s Sunday debut and from the show’s Season 15 premiere on June 26. Last night’s one-hour BB was down 26% from its Season 14 Sunday debut on July 15, 2012 and down 23% from Wednesday’s debut. The highest-rated show of the night, Big Brother was the second most watched show on Sunday after 60 Minutes with 5.78 million viewers. A 9 PM encore of the June 24 premiere of Under The Dome (1.1/4) pulled in 5.12 million viewers making it the third most watched show of the night. Big Brother was preceded by a 60 Minutes (0.9/3) encore at 7 PM. CBS won the night in both viewers and among Adults 18-49.

Over on ABC, an America’s Funniest Home Videos encore (0.9/3) was followed by at new Celebrity Wife Swap (1.0/3) at 8 PM. The spousal reality show was down 23% from its return to the schedule last week to a series low. The second week of Whodunnit? (1.0/3) saw the new unscripted mystery series also head south by 23% among Adults 18-49 from its June 23 soft debut.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Whodunnit’ Debuts So-So, ‘Crossing Lines’ Opens Low

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 9:13am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Last night featured three premieres, but to put things in perspective, let’s start off by saying that a repeat of Family Guy on Fox (1.5/4) was the No. 1 program of the night among adults 18-49. An American Dad rerun (1.4/4) was No. 2. Now to the newcomers, none of whom made an impact as the broadcast networks’ summer is still looking for a breakout. ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap (1.3/4) returned to the schedule down 19% from its last original on Tuesday this past spring. It was followed by the debut of Whodunnit (1.3/4), the new unscripted mystery series from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker. That was a soft number but, given the lackluster performances this summer, it actually tied Fox’s Does Someone Have To Go? as the highest-rated reality debut. NBC’s drama acquisition Crossing Lines managed a 0.7/2 for its two-hour premiere. It was down from the recent openers of ABC’s Motive and Mistresses (1.2) and tied another NBC import, last summer’s Saving Hope, as the lowest drama debut on a Big 4 network ever. Tonight is CBS’ turn to try and beat the summer doldrums with Under The Dome.

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