Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, October 27, 2019

Note: Live NFL broadcasts on NBC and CBS, along with FOX’s live MLB broadcast, 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 (CBS) 5.0/23 19.77
Football Night in America (NBC) 2.1/10 7.73
MLB on FOX Pregame (FOX) – S 1.2/5 5.16
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (ABC) – R 0.7/3 3.61
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) 2.3/10 12.20
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) (8-8:15 p.m.) 4.3/17 14.17
2019 World Series: Game 5 (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) 2.4/10 10.22
Kids Say the Darndest Things (ABC) 0.6/3 3.24
Batwoman (The CW) 0.3/1 1.26
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:15-11 p.m.) 5.1/20 16.19
God Friended Me (CBS) 0.9/4 6.74
9 p.m. Shark Tank (ABC) 0.5/2 2.84
Supergirl (The CW) 0.2/1 0.98
9:30 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.7/3 5.98
10 p.m. The Rookie (ABC) 0.6/3 3.19
10:30 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) 0.5/3 4.62


There’ll likely be even more adjustments from this morning’s Sunday preliminary ratings to the finals tomorrow morning, as CBS had its ratings boosted by an NFL overrun, NBC had its usual NFL broadcast, and FOX continued its World Series coverage.

So, with that being said, ABC was one of the only networks not to carry a live sports broadcast last night, and its primetime lineup mostly held steady week-to-week. “Kids Say the Darndest Things” scored the same 0.6 rating in adults 18-49 as it did a week ago, and “The Rookie” similarly posted its fourth straight 0.6. Things were less steady for “Shark Tank,” which slipped from a 0.6 to a 0.5.

On the CW, “Batwoman” (0.3) and “Supergirl” (0.2) both matched their ratings from last Sunday.

Elsewhere, CBS’ entire primetime lineup was, once again, boosted by a late-afternoon NFL overrun. “God Friended Me” (0.9) and “Madam Secretary” (0.5) were each even with their last NFL-boosted outings, while “NCIS: Los Angeles” (0.7) came in a tenth below its 0.8 rating from 2 weeks ago. “60 Minutes,” however, is up from its most recent, NFL-boosted 2.1 to a 2.3 this time around.

Meanwhile, despite dominating the primetime ratings throughout the entire week up to this point, FOX’s broadcast of game 5 of this year’s World Series was not the night’s no. 1 broadcast. Pending updates, the game averaged a 2.4 rating with 10.22 million viewers, back up from the 2.1 preliminary rating and 9.65 million viewer audience that Game 4 scored Saturday night.

The World Series game was topped by NBC’s broadcast of the “Sunday Night Football” game between Green Bay and Kansas City, which posted a 5.1 average rating with 16.19 million viewers. That puts it down a bit from the 5.8 rating and 18.77 million viewer audience that last week’s “SNF” broadcast scored in the preliminary ratings (before it adjusted up to a 6.6 with 21.45 million viewers in the finals).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.2/18 2.1/9 1.6/7 0.6/3 0.3/1
Total Viewers (millions) 13.82 8.96 9.28 3.22 1.12


: 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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