Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

Note: Live NFL coverage on FOX and NBC 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 (FOX) 7.4/28 23.69
Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:30 p.m.) 2.7/10 8.11
60 Minutes (CBS) 1.1/4 9.85
The Toy Box (ABC) 0.4/2 1.92
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 4.7/17 13.94
8 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) 2.2/8 5.37
Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS) 1.0/4 7.95
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – P 0.9/3 4.53
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 5.2/18 14.85
Ghosted (FOX) 1.4/5 3.61
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.4/5 3.09
Shark Tank (ABC) 1.1/4 4.66
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 1.0/4 8.38
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 1.0/4 2.26
10 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) – P 0.8/3 7.13
Ten Days in the Valley (ABC) 0.4/2 2.62


The second episode of FOX’s “Ghosted” on Sunday matched its premiere ratings, but the ratings halo from a late-afternoon NFL game on FOX didn’t extend that far.

The new comedy scored a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and was up a tick in viewers (3.61 million vs. 3.56 million). A post-NFL “Simpsons” drew a 2.2, vs. 2.6 and 1.6 for the 8 and 8:30 p.m. half-hours the same week last year. “Family Guy” (1.4) and “The Last Man on Earth” (1.0) each improved by a tenth.

“Wisdom of the Crowd” dipped from its premiere, falling three tenths of a point from its premiere to 1.0. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0) also came down o.3 for CBS, while “Madam Secretary’s” 0.8 was behind the 1.1 for last year’s premiere and its 2016-17 average of 0.9. (CBS didn’t have a late national NFL game Sunday.)

On ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” premiered to a 0.9, in line with its average last season. “Shark Tank” (1.1) slipped 0.2 from its premiere, and “Ten Days in the Valley” dipped a tenth to 0.4.

In metered markets, “Sunday Night Football’s” 10.6 household rating was off slightly from last week’s 11.0. Its fast national numbers (14.85 million viewers, 5.2 in adults 18-49, pending updates) are up a little from 14.01 million and 4.9 last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.3/15 3.0/11 1.0/4 0.7/3
Total Viewers (millions) 12.32 8.66 8.33 3.43


: 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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