Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, September 23, 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 National (FOX) 5.2/23 17.09
Football Night in America (NBC) 2.1/9 7.08
60 Minutes (CBS) 1.1/5 8.75
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.6/3 4.36
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 3.5/15 10.92
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) 4.3/17 13.56
9-1-1 (FOX) – P 2.3/9 8.47
Big Brother (CBS) 1.3/6 5.51
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – F 0.6/3 4.07
8:30 p.m. NFL Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 5.7/23 17.21
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.9/4 2.63
The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) 0.6/3 4.06
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.72
9:30 p.m. Rel (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.84
10 p.m. The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) – F 0.5/2 3.38
Madam Secretary (CBS) – R 0.3/2 3.13


Thanks to the smart use of a late-afternoon NFL broadcast, FOX helped the season 2 premiere of “9-1-1” hit a new series high.

Before starting in its new Monday night time slot later tonight, the “9-1-1” premiere scored a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49, not only its highest-rated episode ever, but up significantly from the 1.8 peak of its first season earlier this year. It was also the show’s most-watched episode to date with 8.47 million viewers.

Elsewhere, NBC’s broadcast of the “Sunday Night Football” game between the Patriots and Lions posted a 5.7 with 17.21 million viewers, pending updates. This was down from last week’s “SNF” broadcast, which had scored an initial 6.2 before adjusting up in the finals (7.0).

It wasn’t as strong of a night for ABC, though, which closed out its summer game shows heading into the new TV season – starting with the season finale of “Celebrity Family Feud” at the 8 p.m. hour hitting a new season low 0.6. This season’s final 2 episodes of “The $100,000 Pyramid” (0.6, 0.5) both posted new season lows as well.

On CBS, “Big Brother” took a noticeable hit week-to-week, falling from the 1.7 it had scored last Sunday to a 1.3 this time around.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.6/19 2.5/10 0.8/4 0.6/3
Total Viewers (millions) 14.46 8.24 5.28 3.97


: 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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