The return of “Under the Dome” brought CBS closer, but NBC remained ahead in the summer demo derby last week, riding “America’s Got Talent” and, as it does every year, ruling primetime on Independence Day.

“Dome” kicked off its second season well below its huge numbers of last summer, but it still towered over all other original scripted programs for the week.

In cable, VH1’s “Hit the Floor” and TNT’s rookie “The Last Ship” were the top scripted originals in young adults, while the unscripted standouts included a pair of femme-friendly shows — Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding” and E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” — that went head to head on Sunday.

Overall, according to Nielsen estimates for June 30-July 6, NBC led in adults 18-49 with a 1.1 rating/4 share for its fifth demo triumph in seven weeks this summer — losing out only during the two weeks that ABC aired the NBA Finals. It was followed by Univision (1.0/4) and ABC, CBS and Fox (all at 0.9/3).

NBC edged past CBS in adults 25-54 (1.4 vs. 1.3) while the reverse order held true in total viewers (4.92 million for CBS to 4.72 million for NBC).

The Peacock dominated Tuesday with “America’s Got Talent” (2.6/9 in 18-49, 11.14 million viewers overall), the week’s No. 1 primetime program, and rookie medical drama “The Night Shift” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 6.87 million viewers overall), which hit a three-week high and was the week’s No. 1 ad-supported scripted original in 18-49 (behind only HBO’s “True Blood” at 1.7).

Despite the return of CBS’ “Under the Dome,” the five original installments of “America’s Got Talent” rank as summer’s top ad-supported series telecasts in both 18-49 and total viewers.

NBC also won the Fourth of July with its annual “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular” (1.1/6 in 18-49, 5.37 million viewers overall). Though it fizzled relative to recent years, its concluding hour was up in all categories compared to its prior appearance on a Friday (in 2008).

Wednesday’s “Taxi Brooklyn” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.24 million viewers overall) matched its week-earlier series premiere score, becoming the first scripted show bowing this summer (broadcast or cable) to do so.

Comedy “Undateable” ended its run with three original episodes on Thursday, netting a 0.7/3 in 18-49 and 1.99 million viewers overall in its final one at 9:30.

At CBS, “Big Brother” saw declines in its second week on Wednesday (1.8/7 in 18-49, 5.67 million viewers overall) and Thursday (1.6/6, 4.83 million), though it was the top show in 18-49 on both nights. It then picked up on Sunday with its best numbers of the week (1.9/7 in 18-49, 6.01 million), also topping the night.

The net has been unable to take advantage of “Brother’s” strength on Sunday, as original drama “Reckless” remains punchless (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.77 million viewers overall), matching its anemic premiere score of the previous week.

“The Bachelorette” remained ABC’s top summer show (1.6/5 in 18-49, 6.49 million viewers overall), while Sunday newcomer “Rising Star” held steady in its third week (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.49 million viewers overall). On the scripted front, “Mistresses” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.09 million viewers overall) had its second best scores of the summer.

Fox saw Monday’s “MasterChef” whip up a season high (1.9/7 in 18-49, 5.43 million viewers overall), while leadout “24: Live Another Day” held steady (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.72 million viewers overall). Thursday’s “Gang Related” slipped a tenth (0.7/3 in 18-49, 2.47 million viewers overall), but that’s not bad given that lead-in “Hell’s Kitchen” slipped further (1.3/6 in 18-49, 4.30 million viewers overall) on the eve of Independence Day.

ESPN claimed the week’s biggest cable draw overall with Tuesday afternoon’s Belgium-USA soccer match in the World Cup (13.44 million).

In primetime, TNT had two of the top five original cable dramas in 18-49 with “The Last Ship” in its third week (1.00) and “Rizzoli & Isles” (0.95). The net won the week in cable in total viewers, claiming the three most popular original dramas: “Rizzoli & Isles” (5.43 million) “Major Crimes” (5.06 million) and “Last Ship” (4.09 million).

The net’s new drama “Murder in the First” hit lows last week (0.36 in 18-49, 2.49 million viewers overall), though it bounced back to a 0.45 on Monday of the current week.

Sunday saw strong performances by Bravo and E!, which ranked third and fourth respectively among all networks on the night in 18-49 (behind ABC, CBS and Fox).

Bravo scored with the season finale of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.82 million viewers overall) and “Watch What Happens Live” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.66 million viewers overall). “Housewives,” which concluded with a special “Kandi’s Wedding” episode, was up nearly 15% week to week in most categories, and finishes its season as the most-watched freshman series ever on the network in total viewers (2.5 million).

E! was led by “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 2.35 million viewers overall), which hit season highs in female demos, and surgery correction series “Botched” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 1.69 million viewers overall), which delivered its third straight week of growth. Overall for the week, the network drew its largest primetime 18-49 audience (409,000) in nearly two years.

ABC Family’s new Wednesday comedies “Young & Hungry” (0.35 in 18-49, 769,000 viewers overall) and “Mystery Girls” (0.20 in 18-49, 450,000 viewers overall) took a tumble in their second weeks, with the former down more than 25% and the latter off more than 35%.

Elsewhere, Syfy’s “Dominion” (0.44 in 18-49, 1.69 million viewers overall) was up 10% week to week in 18-49; ABC Family’s “The Fosters” continued its summer climb (0.61 in 18-49, 1.37 million viewers overall); after sinking the previous week, AMC’s struggling “Halt & Catch Fire” edged up (0.24 in 18-49, 717,000 viewers overall); and Lifetime’s “Witches of East End” (0.47 in 18-49, 1.12 million viewers overall) had a quiet second-season premiere, but it seemed to help lead-out “Devious Maids” (0.68 in 18-49, 1.86 million viewers overall), which hit a summer high in young adults one week from the end of its second season.

At HBO, Sunday’s regular-timeslot episode of “The Leftovers” averaged 1.55 million viewers in its second week, down from 1.77 million for its premiere. “True Blood” was up a bit, to 3.2 million.



Adults 18-49 (rating/share)
NBC            1.1/4
UNI             1.0/4
CBS              0.9/3
Fox               0.9/3
ABC              0.9/3
TEL             0.6/2
CW              0.2/1

Total Viewers
CBS             4.92 million
NBC            4.72 million
ABC            3.70 million
Fox             2.73 million
UNI            2.70 million
TEL             1.49 million
CW              0.72 million

(Live plus same-day)

Adults 18-49
1.  America’s Got Talent (NBC), 2.6/9
2.  Under the Dome (CBS), 2.1/7
3.  Big Brother-Sunday (CBS), 1.9/7
3.  MasterChef (Fox), 1.9/7
3.  Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta (VH1), 1.9/7
6.  Big Brother-Wednesday (CBS), 1.8/7
6.  The Big Bang Theory, Monday-9:30 (CBS), 1.8/5
8.  True Blood (HBO)*, 1.7/5
8.  The Big Bang Theory, Monday-9 (CBS), 1.7/5
10.  Big Brother-Thursday (CBS), 1.6/6
10.  The Bachelorette (ABC), 1.6/5
12.  The Big Bang Theory-r (CBS), 1.5/7
13.  The Night Shift (NBC), 1.4/5
13.  America’s Got Talent, Wednesday-r (NBC), 1.4/5
13.  So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), 1.4/5
13.  WWE Raw (USA), 1.4/5
13.  24 (Fox), 1.4/4
13.  American Ninja Warrior (NBC), 1.4/4
19.  Hell’s Kitchen (Fox), 1.3/6
19.  The Big Bang Theory, Tuesday 9:30 (TBS), 1.3/4
19.  Duck Dynasty (A&E), 1.3/4

Total Viewers (in millions)
1.  America’s Got Talent (NBC), 11.14
2.  Under the Dome (CBS), 9.41
3.  60 Minutes (CBS), 8.59
4.  NCIS-r (CBS), 8.13
5.  The Big Bang Theory, Monday 9:30-r (CBS), 7.03
6.  The Night Shift (NBC), 6.87
7.  The Bachelorette (ABC), 6.48
7.  The Big Bang Theory-r (CBS), 6.48
9.  America’s Got Talent, Wednesday-r (NBC), 6.38
10.  The Big Bang Theory, Monday 9-r (CBS), 6.37
11.  Unforgettable (CBS), 6.20
12.  Big Brother-Sunday (CBS), 6.01
13.  NCIS: Los Angeles-r (CBS), 5.82
14.  24: Live Another Day (Fox), 5.72
15.  Big Brother-Wednesday (CBS), 5.67
16.  Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), 5.43
16.  MasterChef (Fox), 5.43
18.  Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular (NBC), 5.37
19.  Dateline-Saturday (NBC), 5.27
20.  Taxi Brooklyn (NBC), 5.24
20.  Rookie Blue (ABC), 5.24

Source: Nielsen (English-language programs only)

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