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Low ‘Big Brother’ Tops Anemic Sunday for the Broadcasters

'BET Awards,' dramas on HBO, Showtime expected to top the night in young demos

Audiences seem to be tuning out the broadcast networks on Sunday this summer, with ABC’s unscripted newcomers and NBC’s new drama struggling while even “Big Brother” looking sluggish at it aired on the night for the first time.

The Eye’s veteran reality series was the only broadcast program to draw as much as 5% of the available young-adult audience in its time period Sunday. BET’s annual “BET Awards” and other cable programs like HBO’s “True Blood” and Showtime’s returning “Dexter” figured to top the program rankings, though their ratings weren’t available early Monday.

At the Big Four, “Big Brother” was the top draw in adults 18-49 (1.7 rating/6 share, with 5.8 million viewers overall), but it was down 23% from its season premiere on Wednesday (2.2) and off 26% (0.6) from its Sunday debut last summer (2.3 when the show debuted in July).

Also for the Eye, “60 Minutes” started off the night (0.9/3 in 18-49, 7.1 million viewers overall), standing as the night’s most-watched broadcast program overall. And after “Big Brother,” last Monday’s pilot episode of “Under the Dome” benefited from additional sampling, averaging a 1.1/3 in 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall.

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At ABC, the net fared about as well at 7 p.m. with an encore of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) as it did from 8 to 10 p.m. with firstrun reality programs “Celebrity Wife Swap” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and “Whodunnit?” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) — both of which slid 23% (0.3) from their already-modest premiere scores of last week.

Fox aired repeats of animated comedies “The Cleveland Show” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall), “The Simpsons” at a special time of 7:30 (0.7/3 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) and in its regular 8 p.m. slot (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.5 million viewers overall), “Bob’s Burgers” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall), “Family Guy” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and “American Dad” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall).

At NBC, repeats of “America’s Got Talent” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) and “Law & Order: SVU” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) were followed by original drama “Crossing Lines” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall). “Crossing Lines” matched its two-hour premiere average of last week, finishing in the vicinity of repeats of “The Mentalist” on CBS (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) and “Castle” on ABC (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.1/3; Fox, 1.0/3; ABC and Univision, 0.9/3; NBC, 0.8/3; Telemundo, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.6 million; NBC, 3.6 million; ABC, 3.5 million; Fox, 2.3 million; Univision, 2.2 million; Telemundo, 1.6 million.

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