Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016

Note: Live sports coverage on ABC and NBC could result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks in the final nationals.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. ABC Fall Preview Special (ABC) – S 1.1/5 4.00
NASCAR Sprint Cup (NBC) (7-11 p.m.) 0.8/3 4.34
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.6/3 7.22
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.09
7:30 p.m. College Football (ABC) (7:30-11 p.m.) 3.0/12 10.46
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.12
8 p.m. Big Brother (CBS) 1.3/6 5.22
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.28
8:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.20
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.6/2 1.40
Madam Secretary (CBS) – R 0.3/1 2.94
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.05
10 p.m. BrainDead (CBS) 0.3/1 2.33


A tight game between two big-name teams (Texas and Notre Dame) pushed ABC’s college football coverage to the top of Sunday’s ratings by a wide margin. The game averaged a 3.0 in adults 18-49, pending updates, up from the preliminary 2.4 ABC got from its regular Saturday game.

Sunday’s only other original program was “Big Brother,” whose 1.3 was down a sizable 0.7 from last week, possibly due in part to airing during a holiday weekend.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 2.8/10 0.8/3 0.6/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 9.34 4.34 4.43 1.19


: 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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