‘Brother’ tops another sluggish Sunday

Fox brings in auds with toon lineup

On another otherwise sluggish Sunday for the broadcast networks, CBS scored best among young adults with “Big Brother,” while Fox also had some traction with repeats of its animated comedies.

According to preliminary nationals, CBS opened the night with “60 Minutes” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall), which ran second in demos while standing as the night’s most-watched program overall. It was followed by “Big Brother” (2.4/8 in 18-9, 7.1 million viewers overall), which was on par with the previous week and led the 8 o’clock hour in all key categories. From there, the net stayed solid with a repeat of “Undercover Boss” (1.8/5 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) before sliding at 10 p.m. with a special off-night repeat of “The Good Wife” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall).

CBS won the night in 18-49 (tied with Fox), 25-54 and total viewers.

At Fox, following an original “Sons of Tucson” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) and a repeat “American Dad” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall), the net moved up to a competitive second-place finish in the 8 o’clock hour with repeats of “The Simpsons” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) and “The Cleveland Show” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall). And from 9 to 10, a pair of “Family Guy” encores lifted Fox to the broadcast lead (2.2/6 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall).

ABC’s best numbers again came from repeats of alternative series “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.5/6 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall). But things then fell off noticeably with original episodes of dramas “Scoundrels” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and “The Gates” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall), as neither summer series has generated any heat.

NBC struggled to find much of an audience on the night, opening with “Dateline” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) before picking up ever so slightly with encores of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and “America’s Got Talent” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 4.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.6/5; Fox, 1.6/5; ABC, 1.1/3; NBC, 0.9/3; Univision, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.2 million; ABC, 4.3 million; NBC, 3.9 million; Fox, 3.5 million; Univision, 1.1 million.

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