Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, August 25, 2019

Note: NBC’s live NFL broadcast will likely result in greater adjustments than usual for the network in the finals.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.8/4 4.58
America’s Got Talent (NBC) – R 0.7/4 3.48
60 Minutes (CBS) – R 0.5/3 6.93
Last Man Standing (FOX) – R 0.2/1 0.98
7:30 p.m. Last Man Standing (FOX) – R 0.2/1 1.05
8 p.m. NFL Preseason (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 1.3/7 5.57
Big Brother (CBS) 1.1/6 4.72
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) 0.8/4 5.12
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.3/2 0.90
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.69
8:30 p.m. What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage (FOX) 0.1/1 0.46
9 p.m. The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) 0.6/3 4.42
Instinct (CBS) – F 0.4/2 3.43
Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.3/2 0.74
Masters of Illusion (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.63
9:30 p.m. What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage (FOX) 0.2/1 0.53
Masters of Illusion (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.56
10 p.m. To Tell the Truth (ABC) 0.6/3 3.49
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 0.3/2 2.64


A national NFL game carried NBC to no. 1 in the Sunday primetime ratings this week.

Pending updates, the network’s broadcast of the Steelers vs. Titans game won the night with a 1.3 average rating among adults 18-49 and 5.57 million viewers. That puts its on par with the 1.1 preliminary rating and 4.36 million viewers that FOX’s NFL preseason broadcast scored last Sunday (before adjusting up to a 1.4 with 5.30 million viewers in the finals).

Elsewhere, ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” (0.8) matched its rating from a week ago, as did “The $100,000 Pyramid” (0.6). “To Tell the Truth,” meanwhile, managed to tick back up from its previous 0.5 to a 0.6.

On CBS, “Big Brother” broke its recent 1.3 streak, and ticked back down two-tenths to a 1.1 with 4.72 million viewers. The series finale of “Instinct” followed it with a 0.4, up a bit from its season’s overall 0.3 average.

FOX’s “What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage” returned from a 2-week break with a pair of new episodes airing at 8:30 p.m. (0.1) and at 9:30 p.m. (0.2), both of which stayed fairly steady with the show’s performance so far this summer. The rest of the night’s broadcasts were all repeats, with the CW completely taking the night off.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.2/6 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.2/1 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 5.04 4.40 4.43 0.78 0.64


: 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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