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Ratings: 'Big Brother' continues its reign

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There’s no surer sign of summer than Big Brother dominating pretty much every night when people bother to watch TV. This Sunday was as sunny as ever for the 11th-season reality hit, as BB averaged 6.8 million viewers (yes, that’s a victory during the warm months) and, along with stalwart 60 Minutes (7.9 million), helped win the night for CBS. The rest of the weekend was more of the same: Reality triumphed with Fox’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (5.7 million) on Friday, while burnoffs like NBC’s Kings (1.6 million) and the series finale of CBS’ Harper’s Island (3.9 million) were buried on Saturday.

Here, a look at Sunday’s lineup:

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
7 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS)

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)

Great American Road Trip (NBC)

‘Til Death (Fox)

Valentine Inc. (The CW)


4.6 (repeat)

2.7 (repeat)

1.4 (repeat)


7:30 p.m. Just for Laughs (ABC)

American Dad (Fox)


1.8 (repeat)

8 p.m. Big Brother 11 (CBS)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

The Simpsons (Fox)

Merlin (NBC)

Hoosiers (The CW)


5.0 (repeat)

3.7 (repeat)



8:30 p.m. King of the Hill (Fox) 3.1 (repeat)
9 p.m. Cold Case (CBS)

Meteor (NBC)

Family Guy (Fox)

Desperate Housewives (ABC)

5.6 (repeat)


4.4 (repeat)

2.5 (repeat)

9:30 p.m. The Simpsons (Fox) 4.0 (repeat
10 p.m. Without a Trace (CBS)

Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

6.0 (repeat)

2.1 (repeat)