TV Ratings: 'Million Second Quiz' Gets Decent Start on NBC

The Ryan Seacrest-hosted competition wins its hour, while "Under the Dome" gets pushed past 11 p.m. on CBS thanks to U.S. Open overage.
"Million Second Quiz"  NBC

The U.S. Open men's final aired for a full hour in primetime, putting CBS' lineup on a delay and making early returns too skewed to give an accurate picture -- especially for Under the Dome. The drama aired at 10:30 p.m. on the East Coast. Still, the network is on track to win the night in total viewers (6 million) and tie ABC among adults 18-49 (1.4 rating).

Sandwiched between repeats of Shark Tank and Castle, the season finale of Mistresses (1.4 adults) tied last week for a series high on ABC. The network averaged 5.2 million viewers.

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NBC's big push for The Million Second Quiz brought a win for the competition during its 8 p.m. premiere, though the Ryan Seacrest-hosted event was not off to that big of a start. The episode averaged a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 6.5 million viewers against big competition in ESPN's Monday Night Football. It dropped a tenth of a point and 500,000 viewers in its second half hour, and its demo average matches that of last summer's ill-fated Stars Earn StripesAmerican Ninja Warrior (1.6 adults) dropped a tenth of a point from last week's season high, and Siberia (0.7 adults) inched up one-tenth. The network pulled a 1.3 rating in the key demo and 4.6 million viewers for the night.

Encores of Bones averaged a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers on Fox.

A new episode of Breaking Pointe (0.2 adults) held even on The CW, giving the network a nightly average of a 0.2 rating and 555,000 viewers.

Univision took a 1.3 rating with adults 18-49 for the night and 3.4 million viewers. Telemundo had a 0.5 rating and 1.1 million viewers.

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