‘Brother,’ ‘Guy’ top Sunday

CBS, Fox a top draw in sluggish ratings race

On another otherwise quiet Sunday at the broadcast nets, CBS’ hot “Big Brother” tied with a repeat of Fox’s “Family Guy” as the top draw of the night among young adults. “Brother” was up about 10% week to week — and a big 25% year to year.

According to preliminary nationals from Nielsen, “Big Brother” dominated at 8 p.m. (2.5 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall), more than doubling its demo lead-in from “60 Minutes” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 7.6 million viewers overall), which stood as the evening’s most-watched program overall. CBS then ran second among the broadcast networks at 9 p.m. with a repeat of “Undercover Boss” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), but then fell off some in primetime’s final hour with an encore of “Cold Case” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall).

CBS placed second among the major networks to Fox for the night in adults 18-49, while prevailing among adults 25-54 and total viewers.

Leading the way for Fox was “Family Guy,” whose repeats have been performing well both in syndication and on Fox’s air, as the regular 9 p.m. episode earned a 2.3/7 in 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall, and another encore that followed moved up to a 2.5/7 in the demo and 5.1 million viewers overall — tying with CBS’ “Big Brother” as the top-rated broadcast program in 18-49 rating. Fox also was pretty solid demo wise with repeats of “The Simpsons” (1.7/6 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) and “The Cleveland Show” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), despite little support in the opening hour from an original “Sons of Tucson” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) and a repeat “American Dad” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.0 million viewers overall).

NBC opened with newsmag “Dateline” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), its top program of the night, followed by encores of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and “America’s Got Talent” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall).

ABC also saw its best numbers early, courtesy of reality repeats “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall). At 9, though, original summer drama “Scoundrels” delivered its lowest score to date (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall), and 10 p.m. drama “The Gates” matched its lowest (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 1.6/5; CBS, 1.4/5; ABC, 1.0/3; NBC, 1.0/3; Univision, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.8 million; NBC, 4.3 million; Fox, 4.1 million; ABC, 3.9 million; Univision, 1.5 million.

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