Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

A wonky start time for episode 2 of “The Orville” caused its ratings to adjust down from Sunday’s early numbers to the finals. The show finishes at a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49, down half a point from its premiere but still pretty solid.

“Sunday Night Football” adjusted up to 20.24 million viewers and 7.1 in the 18-49 demo for NBC, off 17 percent and 22 percent from last week’s season opener. The Emmy Awards held at their time zone-adjusted 2.5 and 11.38 million viewers.

Final numbers for the primetime portion of FOX’s NFL overrun weren’t available. Its fast national ratings are noted with an asterisk below and aren’t included in the network average for the night.

Upward adjustments in adults 18-49 are in blue; downward adjustments are in red.

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Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (FOX) (7-8:48 p.m.) 6.5/24* 18.86*
Football Night in America (NBC) (7:30-8:35 p.m.) 1.6/6 5.54
60 Minutes (CBS) (7:23-8 p.m.) 0.9/4 7.70
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.7/3 4.08
8 p.m. 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (CBS) (8-11 p.m.) 2.5/9 11.38
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 0.6/3 3.63
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:35-11:45 p.m.) 7.1/25 20.24
The Orville (FOX) (8:48-9:48 p.m.) 2.2/8 6.63
9 p.m. Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (ABC) 0.6/2 2.98
9:30 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) (9:48-10:18 p.m.) – R 1.0/4 2.70
10 p.m. The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) 0.52 2.97


Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.7/20 1.8/7 2.2/8 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 16.49 5.32 10.75 3.41


: 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.

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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