TV Ratings Sunday: 'Sunday Night Football' Falls, 'Miss America Pageant' Rises, Football Scrambles CBS Primetime

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September 16th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 6.3/17 2.9/8 1.8/5 1.4/4 1.0/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.7/18 2.3/7 1.7/5 1.1/3 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 15.949 10.277 4.501 6.580 2.906


NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for  NBC, CBS & FOX (NFL Football) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. CBS's primetime line-up was delayed approximately 50 minutes in the Eastern and Central time zones so the ratings are too scrambled to be meaningful. Due to NFL overruns in 16 percent of the country, FOX ratings are inflated.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC the second week of Sunday Night Football, which featured a match-up between the 49ers and the Seahawks earned a preliminary7.4 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11PM, down 19 percent from last week's preliminary 9.1.

CBS's primetime line-up was delayed for about 50 minutes in the Eastern and central timezones due to football coverage, so the preliminary numbers are hopelessly scrambled. Check back tomorrow morning for the Sunday finals to find out how Big Brother did.

On ABC, a special Miss America themed episode of 20/20 earned a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating up 50 percent from a 0.6 for the comparable episode on January 12, 2012. The Miss America Pageant scored a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating up 19 percent from a 1.6 on January 12, 2013. (Due to a scheduling quirk, there were two pageants within the 2013 calendar year.)


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, September 15, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS Football-Live/60 Minutes - R 6.4/19 20.63
NBC Football Night in America Part 1- Live 3.0/9 8.88
FOX American Dad - R/Football -Live 1.9/6 5.28
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 0.9/3 5.20
7:30 NBC Football Night in America Part 2- Live 4.1/12 11.45
FOX The Simpsons - R/ Football 1.9/6 5.11
8:00 NBC Football Night in America Part 3 - Live 6.2/17 16.04
CBS  60 Minutes - R/Big Brother 2.8/8 10.94
FOX The Simpsons - R/Football 2.3/6 5.93
ABC  20/10: Pageant Confidential 0.9/2 4.16
8:30 NBC Sunday Night Football:  49ers at Seahawks -Live (8:30-11PM) 7.4/19 18.24
FOX Bob's Burgers - R/Football 1.6/4 4.06
9:00 ABC Miss America Pageant (9-11PM) 1.9/5 8.43
CBS Big Brother/ The Good Wife - R 1.8/4 10.94
FOX Family Guy - R 1.4/3 3.25
9:30 FOX Family Guy - R 1.5/4 3.37
10:00 CBS The Good Wife- R/The Mentalist - R 0.7/2 3.69

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.




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  • romo

    To ES:

    Nope cause cbs wouldve used one of their flex protections for sure on that game.

  • jojorivera

    I Would like to know the ratings for Univision’s dance competition “Mira Quien Baila.” Thanks! That’s all I watched last night, these others shows from the other networks were so lame and I’m tired watching reruns.

  • Ultima

    CBS was only delayed 20 minutes. The scheduled start time for Big Brother was 8:30.

    No, it was delayed 50 minutes. If CBS’ primetime lineup started at 7:30pm on the east coast, the ratings would still be messed up because the same lineup starts at 7:00pm on the west coast.

    CBS simply lists the start times at +30 minutes because they know the delay will be at least that long.

  • Ultima

    Was MSQ aired out of prime time that night?

    NBC did not air MSQ last night. However, it does air 24/7 and is available online or on your phone anytime it’s not on TV.

  • Joseph

    The Tampa Bay/New Orleans NFL game started at 4:05 P.M. EDT, but was stopped for an extended period of time due to thunderstorms in Central Florida.

    According to regional telecast maps posted on 506 Sports.com, the game was broadcast by Fox not only in most of Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi; but also in Houston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Houston, Nashville, and Columbus.

    Except for Columbus, cities outside of the home regions of Tampa Bay and New Orleans carried this game because there were home games of local NFL teams at 1 P.M. on CBS, and under league rules, when a team plays at home, that is the only game which is televised in the city the game is being played in (assuming it sells out). No out-of-town games can be broadcast in conflict with a televised home game.

  • Voyaging

    @KJ Styles — The Wire is so overwhelmingly superior to Breaking Bad it’s not even funny.

    Breaking Bad is a great show but The Wire is unmatched. It is a work of art and far and away the greatest TV show ever made.

  • ReallyTired

    @Voyaging The Sopranos is still the champ.

  • romo

    Best show ever:

    The howard stern show that was on channel 9 in ny.

  • Nothing But Cancellation

    Breaking Bad = best show on TV

    Glad to see a show that started with CW-level ratings rising that much.

    In fact, this show deserves the same 12 million viewers that watch The Crap Dead.

  • KJ Styles

    “@Voyaging — The Wire is so overwhelmingly superior to Breaking Bad it’s not even funny.

    Breaking Bad is a great show but The Wire is unmatched. It is a work of art and far and away the greatest TV show ever made.”

    I keep hearing this from people and I just don’t see it. I watched the first season on DVD and quite frankly I thought it was quite boring, whereas I was immediately captivated by Breaking Bad. I really wanted to love it because of all the praise I hear for it and the largely black cast, but it’s just meh. I could easily come up with 20 dramas I prefer over it. I see why it almost got cancelled, because it’s mundane.

  • jp

    The rain storm plus the finale of Breaking Bad hurt SNF. Seattle is a good team but not a well known to the rest of the casual fans across the country. The Emmys will get a good lead-in because CBS will air Indy vs San Fran to most of the country. Not bad for Miss America.

  • andri

    No G.Rancic made all the difference for Miss America’s ratings. Audience really untanked the self -cam monologue by Good Morning America’s anchor.

  • James “One” Shade

    Hello? Can you hear me?

  • James “One” Shade

    Why aren’t my comments as “One” going through?

  • Dreamer

    I want Gina Marie to win too.

    All three of them are nasty. Watch the after dark.
    Although, GM may be the lesser of evil.

  • Mark Milton


    I don’t know about lesser..GM was the only one to use the full N-WORD.(Katlyn said the gga version while singing a rap song and caught herself when she did)

    Also, GM attacked Elissa son by calling him and I’m quoting “Puerto Rican Dirt Monkey” so personally i wish they would just not announce a winner and donate it to a non-profit cause or something. none of those people deserve 500K

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