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Primetime Ratings: ABC Game Block Rocks

ABC grabbed broadcast ratings primacy Sunday with its new game block, notching a 1.3 in adults 18-49, per Nielsen’s overnights, and a 5 share. NBC was just off the pace at 1.1/4, then CBS at 0.7/3 and Fox at 0.5/2

ABC aired a repeat of America’s Funniest Home Videos, then kicked off its primetime gamers. Celebrity Family Feud did a 1.5, $100,000 Pyramid a 1.7 and Match Game a 1.5. Steve Harvey, Michael Strahan and Alec Baldwin, respectively, host the shows.

NBC had U.S. Olympics trials throughout prime. Gymnastics did a 1.3 and swimming a 1.0. The Olympics debuts on NBC Aug. 5.

60 Minutes rated a 0.8, up 33%,on CBS before Big Brother scored a 1.5. It did a 1.7 on June 23.

It was a big night on cable, with the Game of Thrones finale on HBO and premieres for Ray Donovan and Roadies on Showtime, along with the the BET Awards on Viacom's networks and Shark Week kickoff on Discovery.

Fox had the finale of Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life at 0.3, then a batch of comedy repeats.

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.