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Fox, ABC tie in 18-49 ratings Sunday

CBS' 'Big Brother' is night's most-watched show

A night full of animated repeats provided Fox with just enough audience to match ABC for top honors among viewers 18-49 in primetime Sunday.

CBS finished third in the demo but first in total viewers, thanks to the most-watched program of the night in both categories, “Big Brother,” on a night where cable grabbed attention with the season premiere of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and the launch of USA’s “Political Animals.”

In its first Sunday airing of the current season, “Brother” (2.2 rating/7 share in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall) won the 8 p.m. timeslot despite dropping from last year’s first Sunday episode (2.5/8, 7.2 million).

Fox was second at 8 p.m. with back-to-back repeats of “The Simpsons” (1.6/5, 3.5 million for each), followed by a new episode of ABC’s “Secret Millionaire” (1.5/5, 5.6 million).

ABC topped the 7 p.m. hour with a repeat “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.2/4, 5.2 million), ahead of CBS’ “60 Minutes” (1.0/4, 2.1 million and Fox’s “American Dad” (0.8/3, 1.9 million) and “The Cleveland Show” (0.9/3, 2.2 million).

NBC finished fourth from 7 to 9 p.m. in the 18-49 demo even with a new episode of “Dateline NBC” (0.8/3, 5.2 million).

Fox emerged on top at 9 p.m. with a double shot of “Family Guy” (1.7/5, 3.8 million for the hour), ahead of the first half of ABC’s two-hour “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” (1.4/4, 4.1 million). With “America’s Got Talent” (1.0/3, 3.8 million), NBC jumped ahead of CBS, which aired “The Good Wife” (0.6/2, 4.0 million) and “The Mentalist” (0.6/2, 4.3 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox 1.4/4, ABC 1.4/4, CBS 1.1/3, NBC 0.9/3, Univision 0.9/3.

In total viewers: CBS 5.8 million, ABC 4.8 million, NBC 4.6 million, Fox 3.1 million, Univision 2.9 million.

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