CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ Surges to Season Highs Sunday; ABC’s ‘Rising Star’ Edges Up in Finale

Big Brother Ratings

One month from its finale, CBS reality veteran “Big Brother” surged to summer highs on Sunday, including the top young-adult series score for any show on any network in nearly two months. Also of note on the night was an uptick for the finale of ABC’s “Rising Star.”

HBO’s “True Blood” series finale, the annual “MTV Video Music Awards” on MTV and the first-season finale of TNT’s “The Last Ship” were among the cable highlights on the busy night. Numbers for these and other cable shows won’t be released by Nielsen until later today or early Tuesday.

According to preliminary, affiliate-based “live plus same-day” estimates from Nielsen, CBS opened Sunday with “60 Minutes” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall), which was the night’s most-watched program overall. “Big Brother” followed at 8 p.m. with season highs across the board, including a 2.5/8 in 18-49 and 7.3 million viewers overall — the top same-night demo score for any series telecast since a Tuesday edition of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” did a 2.6 on July 1.

The 2.5 rating, which represents a 14% growth spurt from the previous week (2.2), matches the reality show’s high from last season, set on several occasions including with its 90-minute finale. Its high this year was a 2.3, achieved six times, including its most recent Wednesday and Thursday hours.

“Big Brother” was followed on CBS by firstrun dramas “Unforgettable” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall), up a tenth from last week, and “Reckless” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), which held steady.

NBC won Sunday behind its preseason NFL contest between the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals, which averaged a 1.9/6 in 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers overall on the network’s stations from 8 to 11. These numbers should come up a little in the nationals, while the net’s 7 p.m. “Dateline” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall) figures to be adjusted downward.

At ABC, a two-hour “Wipeout” didn’t do much (0.7/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall), down two tenths to match the show’s series low. It was followed by music competition series “Rising Star” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall), which managed a one-tenth gain for its finale, and a repeat “Castle” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall).

Fox aired encores of animated comedies “American Dad” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall), “The Simpsons” at both 7:30 (1.0/4 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and 8 (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), “Bob’s Burgers” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall), “Family Guy” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and a second “Bob’s Burgers” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall).

At Univision, the grand finale of telenovela “Que Pobres Tan Ricos” did a solid 1.3/4 in 18-49 and nearly 3.4 million viewers overall from 8 to 10:30.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 1.8/6; CBS, 1.3/4; Univision, 1.1/3; Fox, 1.0/3; ABC, 0.8/2; Telemundo, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS and NBC, 6.5 million; ABC, 3.1 million; Univision, 2.9 million; Fox, 2.5 million; Telemundo, 0.9 million.

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  1. Patricia Bruno says:

    Who did you ask if were watching. Everyone I know has stopped watching. This is almost as bad as last season. It is so not fun to watch the”guys” paw all over each other. Sorry I have been a fan since you started but this year I gave up. I am now watching other shows on other networks. Bye Bye big bother. …

  2. MichaelZ says:

    The only thing “notable” about Rising Star is what a massive, expensive, humiliating flop it was for ABC. Complete failure on every level. How that gets overshadowed in Variety by a 1/10 “uptick” boggles the mind.

  3. Kristi says:

    It is odd that the Rising Star finale increased, because the west coast was completely eliminated in the voting for the winner and the east coast and Rising Star tweeted the winner before it aired in half the country.

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