TV ratings: 'Big Brother' and CBS top NFL preseason Sunday, 'Whodunnit?' finale rises

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colts-giants-ratings-aug-18.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013

Sunday night brought something rare in the TV ratings world: An NFL broadcast finishing second in total viewers for the evening. It was just a preseason game, but still, FOX's telecast of the Colts-Giants contest finished second in viewers behind CBS' "60 Minutes" and "Big Brother"-led lineup.

FOX did lead the night in adults 18-49, and once updates come in accounting for its live broadcast it could catch CBS in viewers. Elsewhere, the finale of "Whodunnit?" scored its best 18-49 rating of the summer and its second-biggest total audience.

CBS delivered 6.25 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/7 share in households for the night. Pending updates, FOX stands at 5.8 million viewers and a 3.7/6. ABC (4 million, 2.5/4) came in third, and NBC (2.3 million, 1.5/3) trailed.

FOX scored a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 to lead the demographic race. CBS took second with a 1.2, followed by ABC, 1.0, and NBC, 0.5.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS:
"60 Minutes" (7.3 million viewers, 4.9/9 households)
FOX: NFL preseason football - Colts/Giants (5 million, 3.2/6)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (4.6 million, 2.9/5)
NBC: "America's Got Talent" rerun (2.2 million, 1.4/3)

18-49 leader: NFL preseason (1.7)

8 p.m.

CBS:
"Big Brother" (6.52 million, 4.0/7)
FOX: NFL preseason (6.5 million, 4.1/7)
ABC: "Secret Millionaire" (4.7 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: "America's Got Talent" rerun (2.9 million, 1.8/3)

18-49 leader: NFL preseason (2.1)

9 p.m.

CBS:
"Unforgettable" (6.4 million, 4.2/7)
FOX: NFL preseason (5.9 million, 3.8/6)
ABC: "Whodunnit?" season finale (3.7 million, 2.1/3)
NBC: "Crossing Lines" (2.1 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: NFL preseason (1.9)

10 p.m.

CBS:
"The Mentalist" rerun (4.8 million, 3.3/6)
ABC: "Castle" rerun (3.1 million, 2.1/4)
NBC: "Crossing Lines" (2 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: "The Mentalist" and "Castle" tied at 0.7

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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