Ratings: ‘CMA Fest’ Leads ABC to First Place as ‘Big Brother’ Can Only Do So Much for CBS

Fred Savage’s “What Just Happened??!” continues to struggle on Fox

Last Updated: August 21, 2019 @ 9:48 PM

Disney-owned network ABC topped Sunday’s primetime in both demo ratings and overall viewers thanks to its “CMA Fest” special.

CBS, which had the highest-rated show of the night in “Big Brother,” settled for second place among the English-language broadcasters.

ABC was first in ratings with a 0.8 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 4.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following a rerun, “CMA Fest” from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. averaged a 0.8 rating/4 share and 4.7 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 0.5/3 and in viewers with 4.1 million. Following a repeat, “Big Brother” at 8 earned a 1.1/6 and 4.3 million viewers. “Instinct” at 9 managed a 0.3/2 and 3.1 million viewers. A Season 1 finale episode of CBS All Access series “The Good Fight” at 10 had a 0.2/1 and 2.7 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 2.3 million. The network stacked its primetime block with encores.

Fox, Univision and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.3/2. Fox was fourth in viewers with 924,000, Univision was fifth with 854,000 and Telemundo was sixth with 838,000.

For Fox, after a full night of repeats, “What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage” at 9:30 settled for a 0.2/1 and 725,000 viewers.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 522,000, airing only reruns.