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‘Big Brother,’ ‘Unforgettable’ Win Timeslots As CBS Tops Rivals Sunday

Fox's 'Teen Choice Awards' dips in young adults, grows in teens; ABC's 'Whodunnit?' rises

The Big Four remain lackluster on Sundays this summer, and that was even more so last night as Fox switched from its animated comedy repeats to the lower-rated “Teen Choice Awards.” CBS beat its rivals in key demos behind original hours “Big Brother” and “Unforgettable,” both of which appear to be on par with last week.

Among the cable competition on Sunday was the season premiere of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” ratings for which will be released later on Monday.

Looking at the Sunday broadcast action, CBS began its primetime lineup 9 minutes late in much of the country due to a golf overrun; and since the net aired a full-length “60 Minutes,” all programs on the night started late (except on the West Coast).

Based on the affiliate-based fast nationals, the CBS stations averaged a 1.2 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall in the 7 o’clock hour with mostly “60 Minutes.” It was followed by a 2.2/7 in 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour for mostly “Big Brother,” a 1.3/4 in 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour for mostly “Unforgettable,” and then a 0.9/3 in 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour, which was mostly a repeat of “The Mentalist.” Both “Big Brother” (projected 2.3) and “Unforgettable” (projected 1.2 or 1.3) appear to be in line with their week-ago 18-49 deliveries.

At Fox, repeats of “Family Guy” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall at 7 p.m. and 1.0/4 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall at 7:30) were followed by the “Teen Choice Awards” show (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall), which was down slightly vs. last year in 18-49 but up 17% in teens (2.8 vs. 2.4).

ABC aired an encore of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall), followed by original episodes of unscripted series “Secret Millionaire” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and “Whodunnit?” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) and a repeat “Castle” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall). “Millionaire” was down a bit while “Whodunnit” edged up.

NBC went with repeats of “America’s Got Talent” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and an original episode of drama “Crossing Lines” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.4/4; ABC and Fox, 0.9/3; Univision, 0.7/2; NBC and Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.9 million; ABC, 3.8 million; NBC, 2.6 million; Fox, 2.4 million; Univision, 2.1 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

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