Rain-Delayed Golf Tournament, ‘Big Brother’ Lift CBS on Sunday

Rory McIlroy PGA Championship Ratings
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The final two hours of the rain-delayed PGA Championship from Louisville teamed with “Big Brother” to put CBS atop the ratings leaderboard on an otherwise quiet Sunday night.

CBS Sports coverage of the major golf tournament, won by Rory McIlroy, was delayed by 1 hour, 50 minutes and didn’t wrap until nearly 9 p.m. ET. On the net’s stations from 7 to 9 p.m., golf averaged a strong 2.4 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 11.7 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen estimates; these numbers, like for all live sporting events, are subject to revision in the nationals once all West Coast viewing is accurately counted.

The Eye pre-empted its 9-11 p.m. firstrun dramas “Unforgettable” and “Reckless” across the country, replacing them in most of the country with “60 Minutes” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall on the CBS stations from 9 to 10 p.m.) and “Big Brother” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall). The numbers for “Big Brother” figure to rise in the nationals, but as it stands it was the night’s No. 1 entertainment program in 18-49.

“60 Minutes” and “Big Brother” aired as scheduled in the West.

Elsewhere, ABC again did a better number at 7 p.m. with a repeat “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall) than with firstrun reality series “Wipeout” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) or “Rising Star” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), the latter of which was down two tenths to its low. A repeat “Castle” closed out the night (0.6/2 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall).

Fox opened with encores of “American Dad” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) and “The Simpsons” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall), followed by the “2014 Teen Choice Awards” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall), which matched its year-ago national rating. The kudocast was the night’s No. 1 broadcast in teens 12-17 (2.7/13), down a bit from last year, as well as persons 12-34 (1.4/6).

NBC aired repeats of reality shows “American Ninja Warrior” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) and “America’s Got Talent” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall). Head-to-head in the 8 o’clock hour, “Warrior” (0.9 in 18-49) bested both ABC’s “Wipeout” (0.8) and Fox’s “Teen Choice Awards” (0.7).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 2.0/7; ABC, NBC and Fox, 0.8/3; Univision, 0.7/2; Telemundo, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 9.0 million; ABC, 3.7 million; NBC, 3.3 million; Fox, 2.2 million; Univision, 2.0 million; Telemundo, 0.8 million.

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  1. Robert Hanna says:

    Congratulations Rory

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