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Ratings: ABC’s ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ Wraps Strong Rookie Season

ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” — summer’s most popular new series — was the top ratings draw on the final Sunday of July, teaming with the conclusion of another new competition series, “Battlebots,” to put the network on top for the night.

Preliminary viewership and demo ratings, meanwhile, weren’t available for Sunday’s premiere of E! docuseries “I Am Cait,” though Nielsen overnights suggest a solid opening-night tune-in.

Looking at Sunday’s broadcast action, “Celebrity Family Feud” averaged a 2.0 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers overall, matching last week’s score and making it Sunday’s No. 1 program, according to preliminary Nielsen national estimates; it more than doubled what ABC did in the same 8 o’clock hour a year ago with “Wipeout” (0.8 in 18-49). It was followed by “Battlebots” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), which edged up for a second straight week and was the broadcast leader in its time period in most categories. The robot competition improved upon last year’s “Rising Star” (0.9) by more than 50%.

ABC hasn’t revealed if either show will return, but they appear to be good bets. “Family Feud” would fit in well anywhere on the schedule, and “Battlebots” helps bring a younger, more male audience to the network.

The “Battlebots” finale was followed by “Save My Life: Boston Trauma” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall), which was up a tick from last week’s premiere. And kicking off the night, an encore of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” averaged a 0.9/3 in 18-49 and million viewers overall.

CBS was competitive the first half of the night with “60 Minutes” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall), which led its time period in 18-49 (tied with ABC) and other categories, and “Big Brother” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall), which was a close second to “Celebrity Family Feud” both for its hour and the night in 18-49. The reality veteran was Sunday’s No. 1 broadcast in adults 18-34 (1.4/6).

NBC again did better with repeats of alternative series “Hollywood Game Night” at 7 p.m. (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall) and “American Ninja Warrior” from 9 to 11 p.m. (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) than originals of comedy “Welcome to Sweden” at 8 (0.3/1 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) and 8:30 (0.2/1 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall). Last week, both episodes of “Sweden” did a 0.3 rating.

And Fox aired encores of comedies “Bob’s Burgers” (averaging a 0.5/2 in 18-49 and 1.2 million viewers overall from 7 to 8 p.m.), “The Simpsons” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall), “Family Guy” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall) and “The Last Man on Earth” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 1.3/4; Univision, 1.2/4; CBS, 0.9/3; Fox, 0.7/2; NBC, 0.5/2; Telemundo, 0.3/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.4 million; ABC, 5.2 million; Univision, 2.7 million; NBC, 2.0 million; Fox, 1.5 million; Telemundo, 0.8 million.

    TV Ratings Sunday, July 27, 2015
    18-49 ratings/share
  1. 1.

    Celebrity Family Feud

    (8:00 ABC)

    8.5 Million Viewers
  2. 2.

    Big Brother

    (8:00 CBS)

    5.9 Million Viewers
  3. 3.


    (9:00 ABC)

    4.6 Million Viewers
  4. 4.

    60 Minutes

    (7:00 CBS)

    7.7 Million Viewers
  5. 4.

    AF Home Videos-r

    (7:00 ABC)

    4.3 Million Viewers

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