Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, September 29, 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) 4.0/18 16.61
Football Night in America (NBC) 2.7/13 8.93
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 1.0/5 3.04
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – P 0.7/4 5.08
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) – P 1.4/6 9.81
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.9/4 2.63
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) 5.8/25 18.04
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – F 1.0/4 5.42
The Simpsons (FOX) – P 0.9/4 2.31
iHeartRadio Music Festival Greatest Moments (The CW) – S 0.1/0 0.50
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 6.7/28 21.00
God Friended Me (CBS) – P 0.9/4 6.92
Bless the Harts (FOX) – P 0.7/3 1.81
9 p.m. Shark Tank (ABC) – P 0.7/3 3.82
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – P 0.7/3 1.86
Mysteries Decoded (The CW) 0.1/0 0.51
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – P 0.7/3 1.87
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – P 0.6/3 4.97
10 p.m. The Rookie (ABC) – P 0.7/3 4.05

 

ABC fared pretty well on the first Sunday night of the TV season, thanks to a lineup of fairly solid premieres and finales.

The season premiere of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” kicked off the night for ABC with a 0.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, down just a tenth from its season premiere last fall. The season finale of “Celebrity Family Feud” followed it with a 1.0 and 5.42 million viewers, up four-tenths from its last episode and tying its season high among adults 18-49.

At 9 p.m., the season premiere of “Shark Tank” grabbed a 0.7 with 3.82 million viewers, up one-tenth from its fall premiere a year ago. Meanwhile, “The Rookie” made its Sunday night debut, as its season 2 premiere raked in a 0.7 rating and 4.05 million viewers. That puts “The Rookie” even with its first season’s overall Tuesday night averages, and makes it ABC’s most-watched Fall premiere in Sunday 10 p.m. hour in 4 years.

NBC’s broadcast of the “Sunday Night Football” game between the Cowboys and the Saints easily topped the night with a 6.7 average rating and 21 million viewers. The game also scored the highest preliminary ratings of any of NBC’s “SNF” broadcast so far this season.

On FOX, “The Simpsons” premiered with a 0.9 and 2.31 million viewers. “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers” also kicked off their latest seasons, but scored a little lower with matching 0.7s. All three shows were down several tenths from their fall 2018 premieres and overall 2018-19 season averages. At 8:30 p.m., new animated comedy, “Bless the Harts,” got off to a quiet start as well with a 0.7 and 1.81 million viewers.

Elsewhere, CBS’ primetime lineup was delayed about 46 minutes by an “NFL Overrun” (4.0), which means the network’s ratings are all expected to adjust in the finals tomorrow morning. Until then, “60 Minutes” is currently sitting at a 1.4, while the season premieres of “God Friended Me” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” currently have 0.9 and 0.6 ratings, respectively.

Rounding out the night, the CW’s “iHeartRadio Music Festival Greatest Moments” special grabbed a 0.1, as did a new installment of “Mysteries Decoded.”

Network averages:

NBC CBS ABC FOX CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.6/24 1.7/8 0.8/3 0.8/3 0.1/0
Total Viewers (millions) 18.02 9.58 4.59 2.33 0.50

 

Definitions:
Rating
: 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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