Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, March 24, 2019

Note: An NCAA overrun on CBS 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. NCAA Overrun (CBS) 4.2/21 16.18
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.7/3 4.88
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) – R 0.4/2 2.22
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.11
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) 2.1/10 11.21
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.27
8 p.m. American Idol (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.2/5 6.99
World of Dance (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 0.8/4 3.28
The Simpsons (FOX) 0.8/4 1.96
Supergirl (The CW) 0.3/1 1.14
8:30 p.m. God Friended Me (CBS) 1.0/5 7.79
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) 0.9/4 2.02
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 0.9/4 2.04
Charmed (The CW) 0.2/1 0.60
9:30 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.9/4 7.03
Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.61
10 p.m. Shark Tank (ABC) 0.8/4 3.86
Good Girls (NBC) 0.6/3 2.39
10:30 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) 0.7/3 5.87


CBS received a ratings boost from an NCAA overrun in the preliminary ratings this morning.

The network’s broadcast of the Duke vs. Central Florida NCAA basketball game spilled over into Sunday’s primetime hours, delaying CBS’ entire lineup by 40 minutes. So pending updates, and excluding the NCAA game’s numbers, “60 Minutes” led the night in the adults 18-49 demo with a 2.1 rating and 11.21 million viewers.

“God Friended Me” followed with a 1.0, up two-tenths from its last episode, as was “Madam Secretary” (0.7). “NCIS: Los Angeles” rounded out the night for CBS, steady with another 0.9.

ABC’s “American Idol” slipped week-to-week from a 1.3 to a 1.2, tying its series low, and “Shark Tank” also fell one-tenth to a 0.8. On NBC, “World of Dance” posted its third straight 0.8, while “Good Girls” managed to tick back up from the 0.5 it scored last Sunday to a 0.6 this week.

Elsewhere, it was another steady Sunday night for the CW, as “Supergirl” (0.3) and “Charmed” (0.2) each held onto their ratings from a week ago. FOX’s “The Simpsons” (0.8), “Bob’s Burgers” (0.9), and “Family Guy” (0.9) all matched their previous episodes as well.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 1.6/7 1.0/5 0.7/3 0.6/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 9.26 5.68 1.67 2.79 0.87


: 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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