Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, October 6, 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 Football (FOX) 6.2/26 20.87
Football Night in America (NBC) 1.6/7 5.78
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.9/4 8.38
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.6/3 4.15
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) (8-8:15 p.m.) 4.2/17 14.28
The Simpsons (FOX) 2.6/11 6.98
Kids Say the Darndest Things (ABC) – P 0.9/4 5.40
God Friended Me (CBS) 0.7/3 6.49
Batwoman (The CW) – P 0.5/2 1.80
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:15-11 p.m.) 5.0/21 16.35
Bless the Harts (FOX) 1.3/5 3.18
9 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) 1.1/4 2.45
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.7/3 6.56
Shark Tank (ABC) 0.7/3 3.90
Supergirl (The CW) – P 0.4/2 1.30
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 0.9/4 2.23
10 p.m. The Rookie (ABC) 0.6/3 3.76
Madam Secretary (CBS) – P 0.4/2 4.91


“Batwoman” debuted with pretty solid numbers in the Sunday primetime ratings this week.

The series premiere of the CW’s new, Ruby Rose-led superhero series scored a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49 with 1.80 million viewers. That makes it the CW’s most-watched series premiere since “Black Lightning’s” debut in January 2018. The season 5 premiere of “Supergirl” followed it with a 0.4 and 1.3 million viewers, on par with its 2018-19 season averages.

Elsewhere, the Tiffany Haddish-hosted “Kids Say the Darndest Things” got off to a good start on ABC, with its premiere raking in a 0.9 and 5.4 million viewers. It was ABC’s highest-rated broadcast of the night, as “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.6) and “The Rookie” (0.6) each ticked down one-tenth week-to-week. “Shark Tank,” however, matched its premiere’s 0.7 from a week ago.

Without the same NFL boost that they experienced last week, CBS’ “60 Minutes” (0.9) and “God Friended Me” (0.7) both ticked down a bit from their ratings last Sunday. “NCIS: Los Angeles” also slipped from its premiere’s 0.8 to a 0.7, but rose in total viewers from 6.44 million to 6.56 million. At 10 p.m., “Madam Secretary” kicked off its final season with a low 0.4 and 4.91 million viewers.

On FOX, “The Simpsons” (2.6), “Bless the Harts” (1.3), “Bob’s Burgers” (1.1), and “Family Guy” (0.9) were all boosted by a late-afternoon NFL overrun, and as a result, were predictably up from their premiere ratings last week.

Meanwhile, NBC’s broadcast of the “Sunday Night Football” game between the Colts and the Chiefs posted a 5.0 average rating with 16.35 million viewers. The game easily kept NBC on top of the night’s primetime ratings, despite being down from the season high numbers that last week’s “SNF” broadcast scored in both the preliminary ratings (6.7, 21 million) and in the finals (7.8, 24.11 million).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.0/17 3.0/13 0.7/3 0.7/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 13.34 9.43 6.58 4.30 1.55


: 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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