Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

Note: Live NFL coverage on NBC and FOX, plus the live Emmy Awards broadcast on CBS, 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) (7-8:30 p.m.) 6.5/24 18.86
Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:30 p.m.) 2.2/8 7.24
60 Minutes (CBS) 1.3/5 8.90
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.7/3 4.13
8 p.m. 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (CBS) (8-11 p.m.) 2.5/9* 11.38*
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 0.6/3 3.62
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 6.4/22 18.46
The Orville (FOX) 2.6/9 7.64
9 p.m. Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (ABC) 0.6/2 2.98
9:30 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) – R 1.2/4 3.60
10 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – R 1.0/3 3.14
The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) 0.5/2 2.91

*Time zone-adjusted fast national ratings.

The 69th Emmy Awards are looking as though they’ll be at or near an all-time low in the ratings. CBS’ live telecast of the awards is currently showing a 2.1 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.58 million 11.38 million viewers in time zone-adjusted fast national ratings.

Last year’s ceremony finished with a 2.8 and 11.38 million viewers and was the least-watched Emmy show on record. Sunday’s show matched the viewership for 2016, but it was off 0.3 among adults 18-49.

Elsewhere, “The Orville” is currently showing fairly steady numbers vs. its premiere, although it started after 8:30 p.m. ET and therefore is subject to change. Pending updates, it’s at 2.6 in the 18-49 demographic, vs. an early 2.3 last week.

“Sunday Night Football” is currently at 18.46 million viewers and a 6.4 among adults 18-49, off from a preliminary 21.56 million and 8.0 for last week’s season opener. “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” (0.6) and “The $100,000 Pyramid” (0.5) hit season lows opposite the heavier competition.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.9/17 3.8/14 1.9/7 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 14.25 11.23 9.41 3.41


: 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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