‘The Marriage Ref’ Hits Series Low During 4th Of July Weekend: Sunday Ratings

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jul. 04, 2011

With the Fourth of July weekend in full swing and people out celebrating the independence of the United States, the broadcast networks picking up the viewership scraps, with FOX only scoring a 1.0 demographic amongst adults 18-49 (2.12 million viewers), good enough to beat second place NBC, 0.9 (3.75 million), CBS, 0.7 (4.72 million), and ABC, 0.7 (3.92 million).

Although FOX was the lowest drawing network in total viewers, their young skewing Animation Domination block was good enough to put the network over the top in adults 18-49 with the following repeat line-up: American Dad (1.48 million, 0.6), Bob’s Burgers (1.61 million, 0.6), The Simpsons (2.39 million, 1.1), The Cleveland Show (2.13 million, 1.0), Family Guy (2.53 million, 1.2), and another Family Guy (2.61 million, 1.2).

NBC decided to go with an encore of Dateline NBC, drawing 3.35 million with a 0.7 demo, America’s Got Talent, 3.45 million and a 0.8 demo, another America’s Got Talent encore, 4.35 million and a 1.0 demo. The network rounded out primetime with an original episode of The Marriage Ref — the only new episode of the night — bringing in just 3.62 million viewers and a 1.1 demo. However, the show was down 21% in total viewers and down 31% compared to last week when it drew 4.57 million and a 1.6 demo. That was also a series low for the show.

CBS decided to air reruns of 60 Minutes, 6.05 million and a 0.8 demo, Blue Bloods, 4.86 million and a 0.5 demo, Undercover Boss, 3.69 million and a 0.8 demo, and CSI: Miami, 4.27 million and a 0.8. ABC decided to go with a rerun line-up of America’s Funniest Home Videos, 4.20 million and a 0.9 demo, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 3.55 millon and a 0.8 demo, Castle, 3.83 million and a 0.6 demo, and Body of Proof, 4.12 million and a 0.7 demo.