With less premiere competition from cable than last week, Sunday’s primetime saw one whimpering exit, one sluggish slot debut and some Week 2 blows across the Big 4. That departure was the tractionless American Odyssey (0.4/1), which saw its first and likely last season finale even with its June 21 show among adults 18-49 to match a low. A big canvas global story that NBC had big hopes for, last night’s American Odyssey was down 64% in the demo from its already soft April 5 debut behind the premiere of A.D. The Bible Continues. With the Mark Burnett and Roma Downey produced series having wrapped its first run last week down 70% from its opener, no surprise NBC isn’t jumping to give either show a second run. With American Odyssey preceded by an I Can Do That encore, the earlier part of NBC’s night saw the 7 PM Dateline (0.7/3) up 17% and the 8 PM Dateline: My Kid Would Never Do That (0.8/3) rising 14%.
Over on competitive ABC it was Week 2 for Celebrity Family Feud (1.8/7) and Battle Bots (1.4/5) and that hurt. Despite the participation of pro-footballers and reality stars, the Steve Harvey hosted CFF took a 25% hit from its June 21 premiere and CFF’s mechanical lead-out was busted up to the tune of 25% in the 18-49s from its debut. Overall, CFF was the top-rated and, with 8.14 million tuning in, most-watched show of the night for the second week in a row, while ABC was No. 1 in the demo with a 1.2/4 rating. CBS got the gold for viewership with 5.25 million watching, ahead of ABC’s 5.2 million.
CBS had a small 5-minute Golf overrun that went into the 60 Minutes encore and then pushed some of the news mag into the Sunday debut of this season’s Big Brother (1.7/6)/ While that will get all sorted out in final nationals, as it stands right now last night’s BB dipped 6% from the Sunday June 29 premiere of last year. In fast nationals, that’s a Sunday series low for Big Brother but that could change in adjustments later.
Fox’s only original of the night was Golan The Insatiable (0.5/2), which was down a tenth from its last new show two weeks ago.