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Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, July 22, 2007

NBC takes the evening among households and viewers with a solid and consistent performance from every program. The 9:00 p.m. portion of Dateline was the evening’s most watched program. Fox though is able to share leadership, as strong ratings from four repeats of The Simpsons (the nights highest rated show among adults 18-49) gave the network a win on the night among that demo.

NBC finished in first place for the evening with a 4.5/8 household rating and 6.83 million viewers but was second on the evening among adults 18-49 with a 1.8/6 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.1/7 HH Rating [#2]
    • 5.86M Viewers [#2]
    • 1.5/5 A18-49 Rating [#t2]
  • 7:00-9:00 p.m.: Dateline NBC (4.6/9 HH rating, 6.96M viewers, 1.8/6 A18-49 rating) improved a great deal, leading the evening for NBC among households and viewers and it grew by 1.08 million viewers or 18%, 12% among households and an impressive 29% among adults 18-49.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.1/8 to 4.6/9
      • Viewers – 5.88M to 6.96M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/5 to 1.8/6
  • Repeats of two of the Law & Order series performed well, and on par with prior episodes re-run numbers.
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Law & Order (4.4/8 HH rating, 6.64M viewers, 1.6/5 A18-49 rating).
  • 10:00 p.m.: A repeat of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (4.5/8 HH rating, 6.77M viewers, 1.9/6 A18-49 rating).

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 4.3/8 household rating and 6.37 million viewers, but was third among adults 18-49 with a 1.7/6 rating.

  • Last Week
    • 4.8/9 HH Rating [#1]
    • 6.96M Viewers [#1]
    • 1.8/6 A18-49 Rating [#1]
  • 7:00 p.m.: 60 Minutes (5.1/10 HH rating, 7.31M viewers, 1.2/4 A18-49 rating) was off a bit from the week prior, but still led the evening among total viewers and households.
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 5.4/11 to 5.1/10
      • Viewers – 7.98M to 7.31M
      • Adults 18-49 – 1.4/4 to 1.2/4
  • 8:00 p.m.: Big Brother 8 (4.2/8 HH rating, 6.42M viewers, 2.4/8 A18-49 rating) remained virtually unchanged from last week, once again leading the way among adults 18-49 for the network with impressive growth from its lead-in in that category (+100%).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.1/8 to 4.2/8
      • Viewers – 6.31M to 6.42M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.4/7 to 2.4/8
  • The rest of the night was occupied by repeats of two of the networks procedurals. The only thing worthy of noting was that Shark did not perform as strongly as last week’s episode of Without a Trace.
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Cold Case (4.4/8 HH rating, 6.43M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating).
  • 10:00 p.m.: A repeat of Shark (3.7/6 HH rating, 5.33M viewers, 1.3/4 A18-49 rating).

ABC finished in third place for the evening with a 2.9/5 household rating and 4.36 million viewers, but was fourth among adults 18-49 with a 1.5/5 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.7/5 HH Rating [#3]
    • 4.04M Viewers [#3]
    • 1.3/4 A18-49 Rating [#4]
  • A mostly un-impressive evening for ABC, with the sole exception of the 8:00 p.m. hour of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which was surprisingly strong.
  • 7:00 p.m.: A repeat of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.7/6 HH rating, 4.09M viewers, 1.4/6 A18-49 rating). America’s Funniest Home Videos 2.9/6 4.89 1.4/5
  • 8:00 p.m.: Another repeat of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (4.2/8 HH rating, 6.61M viewers, 2.4/8 A18-49 rating). 3.4/6 5.26 1.7/6
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Desperate Housewives (2.4/4 HH rating, 3.63M viewers, 1.4/4 A18-49 rating). 2.5/4 3.51 1.2/4
  • 10:00 p.m.: That was followed by a repeat of Brothers & Sisters (2.2/4 HH rating, 3.04M viewers, 1.0/3 A18-49 rating). 1.9/3 2.49 0.8/3

Fox followed in fourth place for the evening with a 2.7/5 household rating, but was third among viewers with 4.51 million viewers and a very solid first place among adults 18-49 with a 2.1/7 rating.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.3/4 HH Rating [#4]
    • 3.78M Viewers [#4]
    • 1.5/5 A18-49 Rating [#t2]
  • Impressive repeat numbers for The Simpsons among adults 18-49 were strong enough to overcome the weak performances from the 7:00 p.m. comedies to give Fox the win on the evening among adults 18-49.
  • 7:00 & 7:30 p.m.: Repeats of ‘Til Death (1.2/3 HH rating, 1.80M viewers, 0.8/3 A18-49 rating) and King of the Hill (1.6/3 HH rating, 2.45M viewers, 1.0/4 A18-49 rating).
  • 8:00 & 8:30 p.m.: Back-to-back repeats of The Simpsons (3.0/6 HH rating, 5.09M viewers, 2.3/8 A18-49 rating).
  • 9:00 & 9:30 p.m.: Another set of back-to-back repeats of The Simpsons (3.8/7 HH rating, 6.31M viewers, 3.0/8 A18-49 rating).

The CW was left then in fifth place with a 0.9/2 household rating, 1.39 million viewers and a 0.5/2 rating among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 0.9/2 HH Rating [#5]
    • 1.40M Viewers [#5]
    • 0.5/2 A18-49 Rating [#5]
  • After big decrease last week to around 1.5 million viewers for the Reba repeats, the series bumped up rather nicely, providing the only bit of good news on the night for The CW.
  • 7:00 & 7:30 p.m.: Back-to-back repeats of the canceled Reba (1.4/3 HH rating, 2.02M viewers, 0.6/3 A18-49 rating).
  • 8:00 p.m.: A repeat of also canceled 7th Heaven (0.8/1 HH rating, 1.07M viewers, 0.4/2 A18-49 rating).
  • 9:00 p.m.: A repeat of Supernatural (0.8/1 HH rating, 1.09M viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating).
GO TO WEEKLY RATINGS PAGE

Note: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on fast national data. Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) on specific shows are based on final national data. Ratings for the current day are based on fast nationals. (Expect all three scenarios to be the case at all times, unless otherwise noted). The final rating for first-run episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final rating for tonights episode of “60 Minutes” will be reported in next weeks report for Sunday, July 29, 2007.

Also keep in mind that because these are fast national ratings, numbers may increase or decrease when the final nationals are released.

Source: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research and PIFeedback