‘The Marriage Ref’ Down Significantly In Ratings From Its Series Premiere

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jun. 27, 2011

Aside from new editions of news magazines from NBC and CBS and the season premiere of The Marriage Ref, there was nothing special to note from Sunday’s broadcast ratings. NBC, however, led the night amongst the coveted adults 18-49 rating, drawing a 1.4 and ranking second amongst total viewers, bringing in 4.75 million. CBS, of course, had the most viewers overall with 5.47 million viewers, but was third overall in the demo with a 0.9. FOX was second in the demos, bringing in a 1.3, but was last overall in total viewers with 2.58 million. ABC drew a 0.8 demo and 4.23 million viewers.

NBC started the night with an original episode of Dateline NBC, drawing 3.7 million viewers and a 0.8 demo. From 8-10PM EST, the network aired two reruns of America’s Got Talent, with both episodes averaging 5.36 million and a 1.6 demo. The network closed primetime with the season 2 premiere of The Marriage Ref, drawing less viewers and demos than during its heavily promoted series premiere during the Winter Olympics (14.5 million, 4.8 demo), brought in 4.57 million and a 1.6 demo. It was able to hold on to its demo’s lead-in, but lost 15% of its viewers.

FOX didn’t draw many viewers, but the viewers that it did bring in for its young-skewing animation shows were young. Their repeat animation line-up brought in the following viewers and demos: American Dad (1.46 million, 0.7), Bob’s Burgers (1.55 million, 0.7), The Simpsons (2.8 million, 1.3), The Cleveland Show (2.79 million, 1.4), Family Guy (3.71 million, 1.9), and another American Dad (3.15 million, 1.6).

CBS went with a new 60 Minutes (6.99 million, 0.8), a repeat of Hawaii Five-O (4.92 million, 0.7), a repeat of Undercover Boss (4.76 million, 1.1), and a rerun of CSI: Miami (5.2 million, 1.0). ABC aired an all-repeat line-up of America’s Funniest Home Videos (4.74 million, 1.0), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (3.9 million, 1.0), Castle (4.76 million, 1.1), and Body of Proof (4.03 million, 0.7).

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