Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, September 22, 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 Overrun (CBS) 4.2/20 16.11
Football Night in America (NBC) 2.1/10 7.33
FOX’s Live Emmy Red Carpet Arrivals (FOX) – S 1.4/7 6.02
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.6/3 4.18
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) 1.6/7 8.08
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) 4.8/21 14.92
71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (FOX) (8-11 p.m.) – S 1.5/7 5.95
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) 0.6/3 3.94
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.70
8:30 p.m. NFL Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) – S 5.4/23 16.25
Big Brother (CBS) 1.0/5 4.26
9 p.m. The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) – F 0.5/2 3.51
Masters of Illusion (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.56
9:30 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.06
Masters of Illusion (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.45
10 p.m. To Tell the Truth (ABC) – F 0.4/2 2.76


This week’s Sunday primetime ratings saw the Emmy Awards, once again, hit new all-time lows.

Going head-to-head with a “Sunday Night Football” game, FOX’s broadcast of the annual awards show averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.95 million viewers. Pending updates, that not only puts the “Emmys” down quite a bit from the 2.4 final rating and 10.21 million viewer audience that the 2018 broadcast scored (which aired on NBC on a Monday night), but also makes it the lowest-rated and least-watched “Emmys” broadcast ever.

Additionally, FOX’s “Live Emmy Red Carpet Arrivals” special kicked off the night for the network with a 1.4 and 6.02 million viewers.

Meanwhile, “Sunday Night Football” kept NBC on top of the night, with its broadcast of the Rams vs. Browns game averaging a 5.4 rating with 16.25 million viewers, pending updates. That puts it up a bit from the 5.3 preliminary rating and 15.87 million viewers that the Falcons vs. Eagles game scored last Sunday, before adjusting up to a 5.8 with 17.64 million viewers.

NBC’s usual “Football Night in America” and “SNF Pregame” specials posted 2.1 and 1.6 ratings, respectively.

Elsewhere, CBS’ primetime lineup was delayed about 45 minutes by an NFL Overrun (4.2), so the network’s ratings will likely be subject to notable adjustments in the finals tomorrow. Until then, “Big Brother” is currently sitting at a 1.0 rating with 4.26 million viewers, down from its last outing’s 1.2 and 4.59 million viewer audience.

On ABC, “Celebrity Family Feud” hit a new season low in the adults 18-49 demo, falling from a 0.8 to a 0.6. The season finales of “The $100,000 Pyramid” (0.5) and “To Tell the Truth” (0.4) followed “Feud” by ticking down one-tenth from their last episodes and tying their previous season lows.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.5/20 1.8/8 1.4/6 0.5/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 13.85 7.88 5.97 3.60 0.60


: 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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