Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, September 22, 2019

Unsurprisingly, there were a number of notable adjustments from Sunday’s preliminary adults 18-49 ratings to the finals today. FOX’s live broadcast of the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards adjusted up from its initial 1.5 rating to a 1.7 with 6.98 million viewers, still down quite a bit from the 2.4 and 10.21 million viewers that last year’s Emmys broadcast scored.

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast (6.1) and pre-game “Football Night in America” (2.2) special also adjusted up from their initial ratings, as did CBS’ “NFL Overrun” (6.5), “60 Minutes” (1.9), and “Big Brother” (1.3). Meanwhile, FOX’s “Live Emmy Red Carpet Arrivals” (0.7) broadcast and NBC’s usual “SNF Pregame” special (4.3) each experienced downward adjustments.

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

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL Overrun (CBS) 6.5/33 22.46
FOX’s Live Emmy Red Carpet Arrivals (FOX) – S 0.7/3 3.05
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.6/3 4.17
7:30 p.m. Football Night in America (NBC) (7:30-8:14 p.m.) 2.2/10 7.10
60 Minutes (7:47-8:47 p.m.) (CBS) 1.9/8 9.93
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) (8:14-8:23 p.m.) 4.3/20 13.17
71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) – S 1.7/8 6.98
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) 0.6/3 3.97
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.68
8:30 p.m. NFL Football (NBC) (8:23-11 p.m.) 6.1/27 18.59
Big Brother (CBS) (8:47-9:47 p.m.) 1.3/6 4.96
9 p.m. The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) – F 0.5/2 3.54
Masters of Illusion (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.58
9:30 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) (9:47-10:47 p.m.) – R 0.5/3 3.28
Masters of Illusion (The CW) – R 0.1/0 0.42
10 p.m. To Tell the Truth (ABC) – F 0.4/2 2.71
10:30 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) (10:47-11:47 p.m.) – R 0.4/3 2.55


Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.7/17 2.1/10 1.0/5 0.5/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 11.49 8.64 4.36 3.60 0.56


: 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:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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