Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, September 15, 2019

Note: Live NFL broadcasts on NBC, CBS, 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) – S 5.0/23 15.78
Football Night in America (NBC) 1.9/9 6.46
60 Minutes (CBS) 1.1/5 7.78
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.6/3 3.73
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 3.5/16 10.55
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) 4.5/20 14.26
The Masked Singer: Super Sneak Peek (FOX) – S 1.4/7 4.58
Big Brother (CBS) 1.2/6 4.87
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) 0.8/4 4.71
Warigami (The CW) (8-10 p.m.) – S 0.1/0 0.44
8:30 p.m. NFL Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) – S 5.3/23 15.87
9 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.8/3 2.24
The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) 0.6/3 3.91
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.02
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.73
10 p.m. To Tell the Truth (ABC) 0.5/3 3.09
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.3/2 3.04


“Sunday Night Football” experienced a notable ratings decline week-to-week, but the live sports broadcast still carried NBC to an easy win over the other networks.

Pending updates, NBC’s broadcast of the Falcons vs. Eagles game led the night with a 5.3 average rating among adults 18-49 and 15.87 million viewers. That puts it down quite a bit from the 6.6 preliminary rating and 19.25 million viewer audience that the Steelers vs. Patriots “SNF” kick off game scored last week, before its numbers adjusted up to a 7.5 with 22.21 million viewers.

Additionally, NBC’s usual “Football Night in America” and “SNF Pregame” specials kicked off the night for the network with 1.9 and 4.5 ratings, respectively.

Elsewhere, FOX’s primetime ratings were once again boosted by a late-afternoon NFL overrun (5.0, 15.78 million viewers). At 7:30 p.m., “The OT” raked in a predictably strong 3.5 rating with 10.55 million viewers.

It acted as a solid lead-in for the network’s “The Masked Singer: Super Sneak Peek” special, which grabbed a 1.4 with 4.58 million viewers in the 8 p.m. hour, pending updates. Reruns of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” reruns capped off the night for FOX with NFL-boosted 0.8 and 0.6 ratings.

However, despite the added competition from the NFL, it was a fairly steady night for ABC. “Celebrity Family Feud” returned from a 2-week break with the same 0.8 rating as its last episode, while “The $100,00 Pyramid” (0.6) and “To Tell the Truth” (0.5) each ticked up one-tenth from their ratings a week ago.

On CBS, “60 Minutes” raked in an impressive 1.1 and 7.78 million viewers, though its numbers are likely a little inflated by NFL preemptions. “Big Brother” followed it with a 1.2 and 4.87 million viewers, steady with its broadcast last Sunday. Meanwhile, the CW’s special airing of “Warigami” averaged a low 0.1 rating and 442,000 viewer audience.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.3/20 2.1/10 0.8/4 0.6/3 0.1/0
Total Viewers (millions) 13.32 6.58 4.68 3.86 0.44


: 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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