Ratings: ‘Celebrity Family Feud,’ ‘Big Brother’ Rise, Top Sunday

Celebrity Family Feud” bounced back nicely from its week-ago low opposite World Cup soccer, standing as Sunday’s top-rated program and lifting ABC to victory over its rivals in key demos. CBS’ “Big Brother” also rebounded, posting its best Sunday scores in three tries this summer.

Nielsen estimates that “Family Feud” averaged a 2.1 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 8.6 million viewers overall in the 8 p.m. hour, more than doubling its demo lead-in from a repeat “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall). The Steve Harvey-hosted gameshow was up a big 31% from last week (1.6), when it had to face second half-action of the USA women’s soccer team’s victory over Japan in most of the country, and was Sunday’s No. 1 show in 18-49 (2.8/9) and total viewers.

“Family Feud” led into the fourth week of “Battlebots” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), which was the broadcast leader in 18-49 for its hour, edging up a tick from its low of last week. The remote controlled-robot competition series is bringing a different audience to ABC, with roughly 56% of its 18-49 audience comprised of males last night, vs. roughly 40% for lead-in “Family Feud.” ABC then capped its night with a repeat “Castle” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall).

At CBS, “60 Minutes” (0.8/4 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) was followed by “Big Brother” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall), which recovered 0.2 from last week’s season low opposite soccer and was Sunday’s No. 2-rated broadcast program in most categories and No. 1 in adults 18-34 (1.4/7). The Eye dropped off sharply from their with repeats of “Madam Secretary” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall).

NBC was competitive from 8 to 11 p.m. with a special repeat of “American Ninja Warrior” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), which was called into duty when the network chose to drop its telecast of the Miss USA pageant over the comments of part-owner Donald Trump about Mexican immigrants; it won at 10 p.m. opposite repeat dramas on ABC and CBS. The net kicked off its night with a repeat of last Tuesday’s season premiere of “Hollywood Game Night” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 2.2 million viewers overall).

Fox aired repeats of “Bob’s Burgers” (0.3/1 in 18-49, 0.9 million viewers overall at 7 p.m. and 0.4/2 in 18-49, 1.0 million viewers overall at 7:30), “The Simpsons” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) and “Family Guy” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), followed by an original “Golan the Insatiable” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.1 million viewers overall), which was up a tick vs. its most recent airing.

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

In total viewers: ABC and CBS, 5.2 million; NBC, 3.3 million; Univision, 2.1 million; Fox, 1.2 million; Telemundo, 0.9 million.

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