rising star premiere ratings TV ratings: 'Rising Star' opens modestly, 'America's Got Talent' tops SundayFast National ratings for Sunday, June 22, 2014

The premiere of “Rising Star” gave ABC so-so ratings Sunday night. The heavily hyped singing competition opened to lower numbers than the network’s last foray into the field, “Duets” two years ago. That could change some with adjustments for its live broadcast in most of the country, but even then it’s not likely to put up breakout ratings.

UPDATE: In fact, there were no real changes in the time-zone adjusted ratings: “Rising Star” averaged 5.1 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49.

Also Sunday, a special “America’s Got Talent” stole some of “Rising Star’s” thunder and currently sits atop the 18-49 ratings for the night (albeit with lower ratings than usual). ABC’s “Wipeout” had its lowest premiere ever.

NBC scored 5.35 million viewers and a 3.1 rating/6 share in households to lead the night. ABC (4.3 million, 2.4/4, pending updates) edged CBS (4.2 million, 2.8/5) for second. FOX trailed with 1.9 million viewers and a 1.1/2.

NBC currently sits on top of the 18-49 rankings with a 1.4 rating, just ahead of ABC’s 1.3. FOX drew a 0.9 and CBS a 0.4.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS: “60 Minutes” (6.5 million viewers, 4.3/8 households)
ABC: “Wipeout” season premiere (2.95 million, 1.7/3)
NBC: “American Ninja Warrior” rerun (2 million, 1.2/2)
FOX: “Enlisted” finale (941,000, 0.6/1)/”American Dad” rerun (1 million, 0.6/1)

18-49 leader: “Wipeout” (0.8)

8 p.m.

ABC: “Wipeout” season premiere (4.1 million, 2.2/4)
NBC: “American Ninja Warrior” rerun (3.4 million, 2.0/4)
CBS: “Elementary” rerun (3.3 million, 2.2/4)
FOX: “The Simpsons” reruns – two episodes (2.2 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: “Wipeout” (1.2)

9 p.m.

NBC: “America’s Got Talent” (7.4 million, 4.3/7)
ABC: “Rising Star” series premiere (5.1 million, 2.9/5)
CBS: “The Good Wife” rerun (3.1 million, 2.1/4)
FOX: “Family Guy” rerun (2.6 million, 1.5/3)/”American Dad” rerun (2.3 million, 1.4/2)

18-49 leader: “America’s Got Talent” (1.9)

10 p.m.

NBC: “America’s Got Talent” (8.6 million, 5.0/9)
ABC: “Rising Star” (4.9 million, 2.8/5)
CBS: “The Mentalist” rerun (4.1 million, 2.7/5)

18-49 leader: “America’s Got Talent” (2.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter