Ratings: ‘Family Feud,’ ‘Big Brother’ Overwhelm NBC’s Returning ‘Welcome to Sweden’

Ratings: 'Family Feud,' 'Big Brother' Overwhelm
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NBC’s struggles with scripted programming this summer continued on Sunday as comedy “Welcome to Sweden” opened its second season to tiny numbers. ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” and CBS’ “Big Brother” both overwhelmed it and stood as the night’s top shows in young adults.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Welcome to Sweden” averaged a 0.3 rating/1 share in adults 18-49 and 1.4 million viewers overall with its first episode at 8 p.m. and then did similar numbers for its second at 8:30 (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall). The show premiered to a 0.9 rating on a Thursday in mid-July of last year, but had fallen to a 0.4 and a 0.3 for its two episodes on its finale night in late August. NBC fared better Sunday with encores of unscripted series “Hollywood Game Night” at 7 (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall) and “American Ninja Warrior” from 9 to 11 (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall).

ABC’s winning night started with a repeat “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), followed by summer’s top-rated new series, “Celebrity Family Feud” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall), which was down a smidge from last week’s 2.1 but was Sunday’s No. 1 program in 18-49, 25-54 (2.7/8) and total viewers. “Battlebots” followed at 9 p.m. with a slight uptick for its quarterfinal round (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall), and the 10 p.m. premiere of medical documentary series “Save My Life: Boston Trauma” did a 0.8/3 in 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers overall — summer series timeslot highs for the net, which has been airing repeats of “Castle” in the hour.

At CBS, “Big Brother” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall) was down 0.2 from last week but remained Sunday’s No. 2-rated series in 18-49 and No. 1 in adults 18-34 (1.4/7) while hitting a Sunday season high in total viewers. “Brother” more than doubled the 18-49 demo score of lead-in “60 Minutes” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall). Closing out the night were low-rated encores of “Madam Secretary” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall).

Fox aired repeats of “Bob’s Burgers” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall for episodes at both 7 and 7:30 p.m.), “The Simpsons” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.5/2 i n 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) and “Family Guy” (0.7/3 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), followed by an original “Golan the Insatiable” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 1.3/5; CBS, 0.9/3; NBC, 0.6/2; Fox, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.5 million; ABC, 5.3 million; NBC, 2.2 million; Fox, 1.4 million.

    TV Ratings Sunday, July 19, 2015
    18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    Celebrity Family Feud

    (8:00 ABC)

    8.7 Million Viewers
  2. 2.

    Big Brother

    (8:00 CBS)

    5.9 Million Viewers
  3. 3.


    (9:00 ABC)

    4.5 Million Viewers
  4. 4.

    America’s Funniest Home Videos-r

    (7:00 ABC)

    4.6 Million Viewers
  5. 5.

    60 Minutes

    (7:00 CBS)

    7.9 Million Viewers

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