Rising Star Ratings ABC

CBS’ “Big Brother” ruled as Sunday’s top-rated broadcast in key demos, holding steady week to week, as did ABC’s “Rising Star” in its third week. It was pretty slow going, meanwhile, for NBC’s Miley Cyrus concert special on a night when overall viewing levels were down some at the end of a long holiday weekend.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS opened with “60 Minutes” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 8.5 million viewers overall), which led its hour in key demos and was the night’s most-watched program overall. “Big Brother” followed (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall), building sharply on its lead-in among viewers under 55 and matching last week’s 18-49 score.

Up a tick from its very low-rated premiere of last week was 9 p.m. original drama “Reckless” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), but 10 p.m. crime drama “Unforgettable” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 6.1 million viewers overall) was down a bit.

ABC followed an “America’s Funniest Home Videos” repeat (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) with a firstrun “Wipeout” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), which was down from last week’s 1.2. Despite the lower lead-in, “Rising Star” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) matched the previous week’s demo rating, making ABC the top-rated broadcaster in 18-49 during primetime’s final two hours. Starting next week, hourlong episodes of “Rising Star” will air at 9.

At NBC, a repeat of “American Ninja Warrior” from 7 to 9 p.m. (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall) was followed by low-rated concert special “Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall). One week earlier, a “Last Comic Standing” special in the 9-11 p.m. time period did a 1.1/3 in 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers overall.

Fox aired the special “Brain Games: Trust Me” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), followed by encores of “The Simpsons” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. and 1.1/4 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), “Family Guy” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall) and “American Dad” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall).

According to Nielsen, the percentage of adults 18-49 watching television on average during any minute in primetime Sunday was 28.9%, 5% lower than the previous Sunday (30.3).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 1.1/4; CBS, 1.0/4; Fox, 0.9/3; NBC, 0.7/2; Telemundo and Univision, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.1 million; ABC, 4.0 million; NBC, 2.3 million; Fox, 2.1 million; Univision, 1.6 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

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