Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015.

Note: Live NFL telecasts on NBC and CBS are likely to result in larger-than-usual adjustments for those networks in the final same-day ratings.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (000s)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (CBS) 6.5/22 22.05
Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:30 p.m.) 3.7/12 10.73
America’s Funniest Home Videos – P (ABC) 1.1/4 5.37
The Grinder – R (FOX) 0.9/3 2.61
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) (7:33-8:33 p.m.) 3.0/9 15.24
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) 1.0/3 2.24
8 p.m. Once Upon a Time (ABC) 1.6/5 5.22
The Simpsons (FOX) 1.5/5 3.29
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 5.8/16 16.13
Madam Secretary (CBS) 8:33-9:33 p.m.) 1.4/4 10.93
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) 1.3/4 2.73
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.4/4 2.83
Blood & Oil (ABC) 0.8/2 3.82
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 1.1/3 2.67
The Good Wife (CBS) (9:33-10:33 p.m.) 1.1/3 8.46
10 p.m. Quantico (ABC) 1.6/5 5.67
10:30 p.m. CSI: Cyber (CBS) (10:33-11 p.m. only) 0.9/3 6.2


NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” telecast fell week to week in the metered markets but still led the night by a wide margin — in part because AMC’s “Walking Dead” premiere appears to have eaten into the broadcast nets at 9 p.m.

The 9 o’clock numbers are ugly: ABC’s “Blood & Oil” was down 0.4 in adults 18-49 and fell below the 1.0 line. “Family Guy” was off 0.3 and “The Last Man on Earth” fell 0.4 on FOX. The combined average for NFL-delayed “Madam Secretary” and “The Good Wife” on CBS in the hour was 1.2.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and “Quantico” pulled in the top ratings among broadcast scripted shows — both scored a 1.6 among adults 18-49.  Without an NFL lead-in, “The Simpsons” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” both dropped for FOX. “Sunday Night Football” was also down, thanks to “The Walking Dead” and MLB playoffs siphoning part of the sports-minded audience.

Final numbers for “The Walking Dead,” incidentally, will be out later Monday or Tuesday.

Network averages:

Network averages NBC  CBS  ABC  FOX
Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.0/15 2.3/7 1.3/4 1.2/4
Total Viewers (000s) 14.11 12.19 5.02 2.86


: 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.

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