Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

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

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (CBS) 4.4/16 17.69
Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:30 p.m.) 3.1/11 9.49
The Mick (FOX) – R 1.3/5 3.61
The Toy Box (ABC) 0.4/2 2.32
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) 2.4/9 13.95
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) 1.3/5 2.99
8 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) 1.6/6 3.62
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.9/3 4.57
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 5.6/19 16.74
Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS) 1.1/4 8.01
Ghosted (FOX) 1.1/4 2.69
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.2/4 2.64
Shark Tank (ABC) 0.9/3 4.21
9:30 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 1.0/3 7.91
The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 0.8/3 1.95
10 p.m. Ten Days in the Valley (ABC) 0.4/2 2.25
10:30 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) (10:30-11 p.m.) 0.9/3 6.69


A rematch of the Super Bowl — albeit one with much less drama — helped “Sunday Night Football” to its best overnight ratings since the opening week of the season.

The Patriots’ victory over the Falcons delivered a 12.6 metered-market household rating Sunday, up from 10.9 the previous week. Its fast national numbers are also up a decent amount (16.74 million viewers and 5.6 in adults 18-49 vs. 14.42 million and 5.0), pending updates.

FOX’s comedies were mostly up, pending updates, with “Bob’s Burgers” (1.3, +0.2), “The Simpsons” (1.6, +0.3 with its “Treehouse of Horror” episode), “Ghosted” (1.1, +0.1) and “Family Guy” (1.2, +0.1) all improving on last week. ABC’s “Shark Tank” took a bit of a hit, falling to a season-low 0.9 in adults 18-49. That’s off two tenths of a point vs. last week.

At CBS, “Wisdom of the Crowd” (1.1) is currently even with last week’s final rating, pending updates, while “NCIS: LA” is off a tenth at 1.0 and “Madam Secretary” is up a tenth at 0.9.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.6/16 1.8/7 1.2/5 0.7/3
Total Viewers (millions) 14.02 10.51 2.92 3.34


: 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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