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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015.

Note: Live NFL telecasts on NBC and FOX will mean greater adjustments than usual in the final nationals.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (000s)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (FOX) 6.6/22 20.06
Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:30 p.m.) 3.5/11 10.23
60 Minutes (CBS) 1.3/4 10.27
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 1.1/3 5.33
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 3.5/11 9.98
8 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) 2.7/8 6.66
Once Upon a Time (ABC) 1.6/5 5.04
Madam Secretary (CBS) 1.3/4 10.9
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 6.9/19 18.86
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) 2.0/5 4.27
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.8/5 3.89
The Good Wife (CBS) 1.0/3 8.82
Blood & Oil (ABC) 0.9/2 3.7
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 1.4/4 3.36
10 p.m. Quantico (ABC) 1.5/4 5.07
CSI: Cyber (CBS) 0.8/2 6.7

The 26th “Treehouse of Horror” on “The Simpsons” matched its season high in adults 18-49 thanks to a big NFL lead-in, and the ripple effect continued throughout FOX’s lineup. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Family Guy” recorded their best ratings of the season so far, and “The Last Man on Earth” was a tenth off its season high.

ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” held steady at 1.6 for the third straight week, but “Quantico” fell slightly, losing a tenth vs. last week. The recently trimmed “Blood & Oil” (0.9) was steady but still unable to get over the 1.0 mark.

On CBS, “Madam Secretary” (1.3) was up a tenth vs. last week’s NFL-delayed episode, while “The Good Wife” dropped a tenth in its normal timeslot opposite “The Walking Dead.” “CSI: Cyber” ticked up from 0.7 to 0.8.

“Sunday Night Football” was down week to week in the fast nationals (6.9 vs. 7.5).

Network averages:

NBC  FOX  ABC  CBS
Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.6/16 3.0/9 1.3/4 1.1/4
Total Viewers (000s) 15.62 8.03 4.78 9.16

Definitions:
Rating
: 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, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. 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. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.-
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. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)
Time Shifted Viewing 
– Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

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.

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