Univision Just Surpasses Net Rivals

UnivisionEarly results on Thursday show Univision scored a rare summer victory over the English-language broadcast networks -- among both 18-49 and 18-34 viewers.

Nielsen preliminarily says Univision posted a 1.4 rating/4 share among 18-49 viewers and a 1.4 rating/5 share among 18-34 viewers. Among the broader 18-49 measure, ABC and CBS came next, each with a 1.3 rating/4 share among 18-49 viewers; Fox was at a 1.1/3; NBC, a 1.0/3; and CW a 0.3/1.

Overall, CBS still pulled in 6.54 million viewers; ABC, 4.99 million; NBC, 4.33 million; Univision, 3.63 million; Fox, 2.61 million; and the CW, 760,000.

Univision ran against a number of usual broadcast reruns, a special "U.S. Olympics Trial" broadcast on NBC, and a new summer drama on NBC. The best-rated show of the evening was a rerun of CBS' "Big Bang Theory," at a 2.0 rating/7 share. ABC was next with its season premiere of "Wipeout" at a 1.9/6. This was down more than 20% from last summer's 2.4 rating start-up.

The wild card still to come is NBC's "U.S. Olympic Trials,", which preliminarily scored a 1.7/6 at 8 p.m. NBC's summer drama, "Saving Hope" picked up 40% from its somewhat microscopic 0.4 rating score of a week before -- to a somewhat visible 0.7/2.

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