TV ratings: 'Big Brother' falls opposite NFL preseason game, 'Rising Star' flat Sunday

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nfl-hall-of-fame-game-2014-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014

The return of NFL games -- albeit ones that don't count -- to television tilted Sunday's ratings to NBC, as its telecast of the NFL Hall of Fame game between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills easily led the night, although preliminary numbers are down from last year's game.

The game pushed CBS' "Big Brother" down some compared to last week, pending updates as CBS had PGA golf coverage run into the first few minutes of primetime. The network's dramas and ABC's "Rising Star" managed to hold steady among adults 18-49, while "Wipeout" was up slightly.

NBC drew 6.7 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/7 share in households in primetime, beating out CBS' 6.2 million and 3.9/7 for the lead. Both networks' numbers are likely to change some with adjustments for their live sports telecasts. ABC (3.9 million, 2.3/4) came in third, and FOX (2 million, 1.3/2) was fourth.

NBC's lead in the adults 18-49 demographic was wider. It scored a 2.2 rating, doubling the 1.1 for CBS. ABC and FOX each earned a 0.9.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS:
Golf runover/"60 Minutes" (7.8 million viewers, 5.2/10 households)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (4.8 million, 2.9/6)
NBC: "Wrestlemania 30" highlights (3.9 million, 2.4/5)
FOX: "American Dad" rerun (1.3 million, 0.9/2)/"Bob's Burgers" rerun (1.4 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: "Wrestlemania 30" (1.2)

8 p.m.

NBC:
NFL preseason - Giants/Bills (9 million, 5.4/10)
CBS: "60 Minutes"/"Big Brother" (6.7 million, 3.9/7)
ABC: "Wipeout" (3.65 million, 2.1/4)
FOX: "The Simpsons" reruns - two episodes (2.35 million, 1.4/3)

18-49 leader: NFL preseason (2.8)

9 p.m.

NBC:
NFL preseason (8 million, 4.8/8)
CBS: "Big Brother"/"Unforgettable" (5.8 million, 3.7/6)
ABC: "Rising Star" (3.2 million, 2.0/3)
FOX: "Family Guy" rerun (2.5 million, 1.6/3)/"American Dad" rerun (2.1 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: NFL preseason (2.7)

10 p.m.

NBC:
NFL preseason (5.85 million, 3.7/7)
CBS: "Unforgettable"/"Reckless" (4.4 million, 3.0/5)
ABC: "Rising Star" (3.8 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader:
NFL preseason (2.1)

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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