Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, October 20, 2019

Note: Live NFL broadcasts on NBC and FOX will result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks in the finals.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL Overrun (FOX) 4.8/22 16.39
Football Night in America (NBC) 2.0/9 7.32
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.8/4 8.07
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.7/4 5.00
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 4.0/18 13.39
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) (8-8:15 p.m.) 4.9/21 16.64
The Simpsons (FOX) 2.1/9 5.67
God Friended Me (CBS) 0.6/3 6.45
Kids Say the Darndest Things (ABC) 0.6/3 4.18
Batwoman (The CW) 0.3/1 1.23
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:15-11 p.m.) 5.8/25 18.77
Bless the Harts (FOX) 1.1/5 2.88
9 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) 1.1/5 2.53
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.7/3 6.30
Shark Tank (ABC) 0.6/3 3.29
Supergirl (The CW) 0.2/1 0.90
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.2/5 2.63
10 p.m. The Rookie (ABC) 0.6/3 3.81
Madam Secretary (CBS) 0.4/2 4.51


“Sunday Night Football” rebounded from its season low numbers a week ago, keeping NBC on top of the night’s primetime ratings yet again.

Pending updates, NBC’s broadcast of the Philadelphia vs. Dallas game averaged a 5.8 rating among adults 18-49 with 18.77 million viewers, back up from the 3.9 and 5.0 preliminary ratings that the past two “SNF” broadcasts scored.

Elsewhere, FOX’s primetime lineup was boosted quite a bit by a late-afternoon NFL broadcast. At 8 p.m., “The Simpsons” raked in a 2.1 and 5.67 million viewers with its annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode, tying its last NFL-boosted rating from 2 weeks ago and making it the night’s highest-rated scripted broadcast.

The recently-renewed “Bless the Harts” followed it with a 1.1 rating at 8:30 p.m., down a tenth from its last NFL-boosted episode, while “Bob’s Burgers” (1.1) and “Family Guy” (1.2) each hit new season highs.

Unlike FOX, CBS’ primetime shows were absent an NFL lead-in this week, resulting in predictable ratings drops week-to-week. “60 Minutes” (0.8), “God Friended Me” (0.6), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (0.7), and “Madam Secretary” (0.4) all performed on par with their last, non-NFL-boosted broadcasts from 2 weeks ago.

On ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.7), “Shark Tank” (0.6), and “The Rookie” (0.6) all matched their ratings from a week ago, but the same could not be said for “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” which dropped from a 0.8 to a 0.6.

Rounding out the night, the CW’s “Batwoman” held steady with another 0.3, while “Supergirl” ticked down one-tenth to a 0.2.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.8/21 2.4/10 0.6/3 0.6/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 15.64 7.25 6.33 4.07 1.07


: 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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