Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

Note: Live NFL coverage on NBC and FOX may result in greater adjustments than usual in the final nationals.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (FOX) 7.0/25 21.53
Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:30 p.m.) 2.3/8 7.07
60 Minutes (CBS) 1.2/4 10.22
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.8/3 4.48
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 5.3/17 15.34
8 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) 3.1/10 7.51
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 1.3/4 10.76
Once Upon a TIme (ABC) 1.1/4 3.48
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 4.5/14 12.74
Son of Zorn (FOX) 1.5/5 3.83
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.6/5 3.67
Madam Secretary (CBS) 1.1/4 9.02
Secrets and Lies (ABC) 0.9/3 3.45
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 1.1/3 2.67
10 p.m. Quantico (ABC) 0.8/3 3.04
Elementary (CBS) 0.7/3 5.30


With the exception of “The Simpsons,” which recorded strong ratings with help from an NFL lead-in, Sunday was not a good night for the broadcast networks.

ABC’s “Quantico” recorded a series low among adults 18-49 with a 0.8 rating. “Once Upon a Time” (1.1) was also down from its most recent episode, while “Secrets and Lies” held its 0.9 from two weeks ago.

CBS’ “Madam Secretary” was also steady with a 1.1, but “NCIS: Los Angeles” fell two tenths of a point to 1.3, and “Elementary” dipped one tenth to tie its series low at 0.7. “Sunday Night Football” on NBC (4.5, pending updates) is also down from last week’s preliminary 5.2, despite facing regular competition and not a presidential debate.

“The Simpsons'” annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode scored a 3.1 for FOX, topping its previous NFL-boosted mark by half a point, pending updates. “Son of Zorn” (1.5) and “Family Guy” (1.6) were each off a tenth from their last episodes two weeks ago, while “The Last Man on Earth” was up 0.1 to a 1.1.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.7/12 3.3/10 1.1/4 0.9/3
Total Viewers (millions) 10.61 9.09 8.82 3.61


: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. 
Share (of Audience): 
The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.