Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, March 20, 2016

Note: CBS’ live NCAA tournament coverage could result in greater than usual adjustments for those networks.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NCAA Tournament overrun (CBS) (7-7:35 p.m.) 3.0/11 11.80
Little Big Shots (NBC) – R 1.2/4 7.08
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 1.1/4 5.39
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 1.0/4 3.16
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) (7:35-8:35 p.m.) 1.7/6 10.17
Ice Age: The Great Egg-scapade (FOX) – S 0.8/3 2.54
8 p.m. Little Big Shots (NBC) 2.6/8 13.18
The Passion (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – S 1.6/5 6.61
Once Upon a Time (ABC) 1.1/4 3.54
8:30 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) (8:35-9:35 p.m.) 1.2/4 9.18
9 p.m. The Carmichael Show (NBC) 1.4/4 5.43
The Family (ABC) 0.7/2 2.63
9:30 p.m. The Good Wife (CBS) (9:35-10:35 p.m.) 1.0/3 7.82
Crowded (NBC) 1.0/3 3.85
10 p.m. Quantico (ABC) 1.0/3 3.48
Hollywood Game Night (NBC) 0.7/2 2.69
10:30 p.m. Elementary (CBS) (10:35-11:35 p.m.) 0.8/3 5.32


FOX’s presentation of “The Passion” pulled in a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 Sunday. That’s above its usual numbers for the night, but the biblical musical didn’t live up to either “Grease Live” or NBC’s “The Wiz Live” earlier this season.

“Little Big Shots” (2.6) remained the night’s No. 1 regular show, although it was off two tenths from last week. “The Carmichael Show” (1.4) is currently steady with last week’s final nationals, while “Crowded” (1.0) is close to “Carmichael’s” second episode (1.1) a week earlier.

“Once Upon a Time” hit a series low 1.1 for ABC, and “The Family” (0.7) and “Quantico” (1.0) were each off a tenth. CBS’ lineup was pushed back thanks to the NCAA tournament running into primetime, with “Elementary’s” Sunday debut (0.8) taking the biggest hit as a result.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.4/4 1.0/3
Total Viewers (millions) 8.52 6.90 5.35 3.76


: 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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