Ratings: ‘Rising Star’ Rises But Goes Out With a Whimper Against VMAs

NBC tackles competition with “Sunday Night Football,” though CBS’ “Big Brother” is highest-rated on the night

Rising Star Finale

Sunday’s “Rising Star” finale had quite a bit to contend with in primetime — NFL football, “Big Brother,” MTV’s VMAs — and while the ABC singing competition ticked up versus last week, its season closed pretty quietly.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.8 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 6.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Dateline Sunday” at 7 p.m. had a 1.2/5 and 6.4 million viewers. The “Sunday Night Football” game at 8 earned a 1.9/6 and 6.6 million viewers.

Due to the nature of live sports, numbers for NBC and Fox are approximate.

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CBS was second in ratings with a 1.3/4 and in viewers with 6.5 million. Following a rerun, “Big Brother” at 8 scored a night-high 2.5/8 and had 7.3 million viewers. “Unforgettable” at 9 had a 0.9/3 and 6.4 million viewers. “Reckless” at 10 got a 0.5/2 and 4 million viewers.

Univision was third in ratings with a 1.1/3 and fourth in viewers with 2.9 million.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and fifth in viewers with 2.5 million. An NFL overrun at 7 received a 1.3/5 and 3.8 million viewers. Repeats followed.

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ABC was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/2 and third in total viewers with 3.1 million. “Wipeout” at 7 fell to a 0.7/3 — a series low — and 3 million viewers. The “Rising Star” finale had a 0.9/3 and 3.2 million viewers. A rerun followed.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in total viewers with 920,000.