Ratings: ABC's Jaycee Dugard Q&A Dominates Sunday, Marriage Ref Hits All-Time Low

ABC’s special Primetime with Diane Sawyer – Jaycee Dugard: In Her Own Words — drew 14.8 million viewers on Sunday while scoring a 3.7 demo rating, giving it a commanding win for the night in both measures. The special also qualifies as TV’s most-watched summer newsmagazine telecast in more than seven years, ABC touts.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Big Brother enjoyed its best Sunday premiere in series history, delivering 7.16 million viewers and a 2.5 demo rating — also easily winning its 8 o’clock time period.

At 10 pm, NBC’s Marriage Ref — even with the luminous panelist Ellen Pompeo — dropped 33 percent to 2 mil/0.8 (a series low).

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  1. David says:

    Why is the Marriage Ref still on the schedule? Summer or not 2 million/.8 is dreadful. If NBC wants to keep the show around they need some panelists who can potentially bring in viewers. Whoever Ellen Pompeo is she isn’t one, they need some name actors.

    • Natalie says:

      I’m certainly not defending the show, because I hate NBC in general. But the fact that you don’t know who Ellen Pompeo is says more about you than about the show. She’s about as TV A-List as you’re going to get. It’s not like Brad Pitt is going to do that show, the show is stupid.

  2. Alienate says:

    Matt, when can you announce the Cable numbers for Sunday?
    I’d like to bet Falling Skies is dropping in total viewers weekly. :)

  3. Itsdawhiz says:

    Gotta support David on this one. It took me a good three minutes to place a face to the name Ellen Pompeo. Not being a fan of medical shows, I’ve barely watched GA, so she’s not really on my radar screen. Yeah, Brad Pitt’s not going to do the show, granted. But how about booking a name you don’t have to pause to think over?

  4. Hilla says:

    How did Leverage do? The episode was brilliant!

  5. Bethany says:

    Never watched this show before but because Pompeo was on I put it on my PVR for a one time only.She was funny as was Kathy. But the show itself wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Seinfield produces this?