Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Note: Live NFL coverage on NBC and FOX, and CBS in some markets, will likely result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks in the final nationals.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (FOX) 5.9/21 17.53
Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:30 p.m.) 3.1/11 9.27
60 Minutes (CBS) 1.4/5 10.27
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – P 1.0/4 4.76
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 4.3/15 11.98
8 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) 2.6/9 5.96
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 1.5/5 11.52
Once Upon a TIme (ABC) 1.1/4 3.67
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 6.1/19 16.68
Son of Zorn (FOX) 1.6/5 3.58
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.6/5 3.47
Madam Secretary (CBS) – P 1.1/4 9.43
Secrets and Lies (ABC) 0.9/3 3.66
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 1.0/3 2.55
10 p.m. Quantico (ABC) 1.0/4 3.57
Elementary (CBS) – P 0.8/3 6.33


The premieres of “Madam Secretary” and “Elementary” on CBS Sunday night came in lower than their debuts last season, continuing a trend among veteran shows early this fall. “Madam Secretary” posted a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and “Elementary” a 0.8, pending updates; both were down 0.3 from their 2015 premieres and off about a tenth of a point from their 2015-16 averages.

“NCIS: Los Angeles,” however, maintained the 1.5 for its premiere last week, also pending updates, and is currently ahead of its start last season.

FOX’s shows got a boost from late-afternoon NFL games running into primetime. “The Simpsons” (2.6, pending updates) was up more than a point from its premiere, while “Son of Zorn” (1.6) rose 0.5 and “Family Guy” (1.6) improved by 0.3. The NFL halo faded by the time “The Last Man on Earth” aired, but its 1.0 was up a tenth vs. last week.

“Quantico” held onto its 1.0 from last week, but ABC’s other two dramas dipped from their premieres. “Once Upon a Time’s” 1.1 is off a tenth from last week’s fast nationals (it adjusted up in the finals), as is “Secrets and Lies” at 0.9.

“Sunday Night Football” is currently at a 6.1, down from last week’s preliminary 6.8 (which rose to 7.6 in the finals). The game was a blowout (the Steelers beat the Chiefs 43-14), which likely didn’t help ratings.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.0/16 2.8/9 1.2/4 1.0/4
Total Viewers (millions) 13.90 7.51 9.39 3.92


: 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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