Weekly Ratings: ‘Under the Dome,’ ‘Big Brother’ Spark CBS; NBC Wins in Demos

America’s Got Talent” and “American Ninja Warrior” lifted NBC to the top of the summer ratings leaderboard last week, while “Under the Dome” (despite some sizable year-over-year declines) and the return of summer stalwart “Big Brother” got CBS back in the ratings game.

NBC won in adults 18-49 and 25-54 while CBS prevailed in total viewers, according to live plus same-day estimates from Nielsen for June 22-28.

America’s Got Talent” (2.6/10 in 18-49, 11.07 million viewers overall) was the week’s No. 1 series in both demos and total viewers, tying with BET’s annual “BET Awards” among all programs in 18-49, and “American Ninja Warrior” (1.8/7 in 18-49, 6.03 million viewers overall) remained in the top 10. “Talent” and “Ninja Warrior” also have been repeating well for NBC, with encores of both shows on Wednesday cracking the week’s top 15.

Newsmagazine “Dateline” pitched in for NBC too, with its Thursday edition drawing the program’s largest overall audience on any night in six months (6.87 million) and Friday’s hour matching the show’s top 18-49 rating (1.1) on the night since early April.

CBS, which has ranked fourth this summer in adults 18-49 with a mostly repeat lineup, welcomed back “Big Brother” for its 17th season. “Brother” averaged a 2.0 rating in 18-49 for its first three nights, down just slightly from last year (2.1). Its Wednesday and Thursday hours won in key demos, with these and Sunday’s edition all ranking among the week’s top 10 programs.

Airing now on Thursday, the two-hour premiere of “Under the Dome” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 6.25 million viewers overall) was down more than 30% from its Monday premiere a year ago. Still, it was the week’s No. 1 ad-supported scripted program in adults 18-49 and total viewers, and then spiked 55% in 18-49 (2.0) and 41% in total viewers (to 8.81 million) in Live+3 time-shifted estimates.

Opposite tougher competition in its second week, ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” (1.9/7 in 18-49, 8.28 million viewers overall) dropped about 20% but edged out “Big Brother” for its Sunday hour’s 18-49 lead and ranked seventh among all primetime programs for the frame. Behind it, “Battlebots” was also lower in its second week (1.4/5 in 18-49, 4.84 million viewers overall) but was the top series in its timeslot in 18-49.

Another reality show, Monday’s “The Bachelorette,” remains hot for the Alphabet (2.0/7 in 18-49, 6.64 million viewers overall) and has consistently been out-performing last year’s edition.

On the scripted front, ABC’s scripted Thursday sputtered: “Astronaut Wives Club” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.50 million viewers overall) fell 24% in 18-49 from its premiere and “Rookie Blue” hit lows as it returned for a new season (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.76 million viewers overall).

Fox’s “Wayward Pines” continued its quietly solid summer run last week (1.2/4 in 18-49, 3.45 million viewers overall), ranking a close second to “Under the Dome” among scripted originals on the Big Four. And it moved ahead of “Dome” to No. 1 in Live+3 estimates, shooting up 79%in 18-49 to a series-high 2.15.

The net also got a boost from the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal soccer game on Friday between the USA and China (2.0/10 in 18-49, 5.74 million viewers overall), which broke the network’s soccer record set just eight days earlier for the USA-Nigeria match (5.0 million). It’s also the third most-watched women’s soccer match of all time in the States.

Of note in cable, Disney Channel’s “Teen Beach Movie 2” drew 5.82 million viewers to stand as the calendar year’s most-watched cable movie — even if it couldn’t approach what the original drew in its 2011 premiere (8.4 million). “TBM2” also is the No. 1-rated cable telecast in nearly two years in kids 6-11 (2.5 million) and tweens 9-14 (2.2 million).

HBO’s “True Detective” held up well in the second week of its sophomore season (1.3 in 18-49, 3.05 million viewers overall), down just 6%, while newcomers “Ballers” (0.89 rating in 18-49, 1.85 million viewers overall) and “The Brink” (0.55, 1.26 million) fell off about 15%.

ESPN delivered a record audience on Thursday for its coverage of the NBA Draft (3.74 million), and the telecast ranked among the week’s top 20 programs in adults 18-49 (1.5/6). By comparison, the network did a 3.0 rating in 18-49 and 7.03 million viewers overall for its April 30 coverage of the NFL Draft’s opening night.

At TNT, “The Last Ship” looked a little healthier in its second week (0.85 rating in 18-49, 3.28 million viewers overall), up 23% in the demo from its surprisingly soft season 2 premiere rating (0.69) and making it the week’s top basic cable scripted program in 18-49 and 25-54 (1.15). The net’s “Major Crimes” hit a season high with its third episode this summer (0.58 rating in 18-49, 4.24 million viewers overall), and lead-out “Murder in the First” (0.31 in 18-49, 2.19 million) was up week to week.

USA’s new drama “Mr. Robot,” which had been available online in the weeks prior to its premiere, opened Wednesday night with a decent 0.46 rating in 18-49 and 1.75 million viewers overall, retaining 75% of its lead-in from “Suits” (0.61 in 18-49, 2.13 million viewers overall). Another newbie drama, Thursday’s “Complications” (0.28 in 18-49, 1.07 million viewers overall), looked shaky after a rather steep decline from its premiere.

ABC Family’s rookie procedural “Stitchers” (0.38 in 18-49, 905,000 viewers overall) has hung in there after an OK bow on June 2, last week rising to its best 18-49 rating since its premiere. Also, the net’s “Baby Daddy” was on the rise (0.34 in 18-49, 807,000), spiking in Live+3 to its largest overall audience since January (1.242 million).

FX’s “Tyrant” (0.34 rating in 18-49, 1.15 million viewers overall) was up from its week-earlier premiere, which had to go against the NBA Finals; Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out” steadied in its third week (0.29 in 18-49; 679,000 total viewers) while Lifetime’s “UnReal” (0.21 in 18-49, 552,000 viewers overall) dropped for a third straight week; and A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” (0.87 rating in 18-49, 2.51 million viewers overall) opened its eighth season as Wednesday’s No. 1 show in 18-49, though it was down a big 50% from last summer’s opener (1.8).


(Week of June 22-28, 2015; live plus same-day)

Adults 18-49 (rating/share)
NBC                          1.1/4
ABC                          1.0/4
CBS                          0.9/4
Fox                            0.9/3
UNI                            0.8/3
TEL                            0.6/2

Total Viewers (in millions)
CBS                           5.45
NBC                           4.54
ABC                           3.94
Fox                             2.84
UNI                             2.25
TEL                            1.33

(Week of June 15-21, 2015; live plus same-day)

Adults 18-49
1.  America’s Got Talent (NBC), 2.6/10
2.  BET Awards (BET), 2.6/9
3.  Big Brother-Wednesday (CBS), 2.1/8
3.  Big Brother-Thursday (CBS), 2.1/8
5.  Women’s World Cup-Friday: USA vs. China  (Fox), 2.0/10
5.  The Bachelorette (ABC), 2.0/7
7.  Celebrity Family Feud (ABC), 1.9/7
8.  American Ninja Warrior (NBC), 1.8/7
8.  Big Brother-Sunday (CBS), 1.8/7
10.  MasterChef (Fox), 1.5/6
10.  NBA Draft (ESPN), 1.5/6
10.  Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta (VH1), 1.5/6
13.  I Can Do That (NBC), 1.4/5
13.  Battlebots (ABC), 1.4/5
15.  Dateline-Thursday (NBC), 1.3/5
15.  Under the Dome (CBS), 1.3/5
15.  America’s Got Talent, Wed.-r (NBC), 1.3/5
15.  American Ninja Warrior, Wed.-r (NBC), 1.3/5
15.  True Detective (HBO), 1.3/4
20.  Wayward Pines (Fox), 1.2/4
20.  WWE Raw (USA), 1.2/4

Total Viewers (in millions)
1.  America’s Got Talent (NBC), 11.07
2.  NCIS-r (CBS), 8.78
3.  Celebrity Family Feud (ABC), 8.28
4.  NCIS: New Orleans-r (CBS), 7.39
5.  60 Minutes (CBS), 7.24
6.  Big Brother-Wednesday (CBS), 6.91
7.  Dateline-Thursday (NBC), 6.87
8.  The Bachelorette (ABC), 6.64
9.  Big Brother-Thursday (CBS), 6.42
10.  BET Awards (BET), 6.27
11.  Under the Dome (CBS), 6.25
12.  Blue Bloods (CBS), 6.20
12.  NCIS: Los Angeles-r (CBS), 6.20
14.  American Ninja Warrior (NBC), 6.03
15.  48 Hours-Tuesday (CBS), 5.86
15.  America’s Got Talent, Wednesday-r (NBC), 5.86
17.  Movie: Teen Beach Movie 2 (Disney), 5.82
18.  Women’s World Cup, Friday: USA-China (Fox), 5.74
19.  Big Brother-Sunday (CBS), 5.56
20.  Criminal Minds-r (CBS), 5.25

1.  Under the Dome (CBS), 1.3
1.  True Detective* (HBO), 1.3
3.  Wayward Pines (Fox), 1.2
4.  The Whispers (ABC), 1.0
5.  Ballers* (HBO), 0.89
6.  The Last Ship (TNT), 0.85
7.  Astronaut Wives Club (ABC), 0.82
8.  Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family), 0.75
9.  Mistresses (ABC), 0.74
10.  Aquarius (NBC), 0.65

Each 18-49 ratings point represents about 1.27 million viewers

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