Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, October 7, 2018

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

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL Overrun (FOX) 5.1/20 16.84
Football Night in America (NBC) 1.9/8 6.48
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.8/3 8.22
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.7/3 4.71
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 3.3/14 10.11
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) 4.4/17 14.09
The Simpsons (FOX) 1.8/7 4.57
God Friended Me (CBS) 0.9/4 8.40
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – P 0.7/3 4.98
iHeart Radio Music Festival (The CW) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.2/1 0.81
8:30 p.m. NFL Football (NBC) (8:20-11:30 p.m.) 5.6/21 17.27
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) 1.2/5 3.09
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.2/5 2.79
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.8/3 7.48
9:30 p.m. Rel (FOX) 0.7/3 1.92
10 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) – P 0.6/3 6.15
Shark Tank (ABC) – P 0.6/3 3.05


Thanks to “Sunday Night Football,” NBC easily remained the no. 1 network of the night this week, with its broadcast of the Cowboys vs. Texans game raking in a preliminary 5.6 average rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 17.27 million viewers. It was up one-tenth from the 5.5 preliminary that last week’s “SNF” broadcast had scored, before it adjusted up to a 6.6 in the finals.

ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” franchise continued to score low this fall, with the series premiere of “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” posting a 0.7 with 4.98 million viewers, building just slightly from its “America’s Funniest Home Videos” lead-in (0.7, 4.71 million). “Shark Tank,” meanwhile, premiered to a series low 0.6 in the demo.

Elsewhere, without the help of an NFL lead-in, CBS’ “God Friended Me” went fractional in its second week with a 0.9 and 8.40 million viewers, predictably down four-tenths from its premiere. The freshman series did, however, perform better than both its “60 Minutes” lead-in (0.8, 8.22 million) and its “NCIS: Los Angeles” lead-out (0.8, 7.48 million viewers), the latter of which was down three-tenths from its premiere a week ago.

“Madam Secretary” rounded out the night for CBS with its season 5 premiere scoring a 0.6, two-tenths lower than its season 4 premiere last year, but even with its 2017-18 season average.

Thanks to a late-afternoon NFL lead-in (5.1) as well, FOX’s “The Simpsons” matched the early 1.8 rating of its season premiere last week (which later adjusted down to a 1.4). “Bob’s Burgers” was similarly up from the 1.1 of its premiere with a 1.2 this time around, while “Family Guy” was steady with another 1.2 and “REL” ticked down a tenth to a 0.7. The CW’s broadcast of the first night of the “iHeart Radio Music Festival” scored a 0.2 average.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.5/18 2.2/9 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 14.47 6.55 7.56 4.43 0.81


: 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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