Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, September 8, 2019

Note: Live NFL broadcasts on NBC 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 Football (FOX) – S 5.8/27 18.09
Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:15 p.m.) – S 3.0/14 9.74
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.8/4 7.70
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.5/3 3.80
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 4.3/19 13.33
8 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) – R 3.8/16 11.87
Big Brother (CBS) 1.2/5 4.95
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – R 0.5/3 3.55
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.72
8:30 p.m. NFL Football (NBC) (8:15-11 p.m.) – S 6.6/28 19.25
Last Man Standing (FOX) – R 1.2/5 3.26
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.7/3 1.90
The $100,000 Pyramid (ABC) 0.5/2 3.41
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – R 0.4/2 2.64
Masters of Illusion (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.58
9:30 p.m. Last Man Standing (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.38
Masters of Illusion (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.53
10 p.m. To Tell the Truth (ABC) 0.4/2 2.83
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – R 0.3/2 2.89


The return of Sunday Night Football predictably dominated the night’s primetime ratings this week.

NBC’s broadcast of the Steelers vs. Patriots primetime game topped the night, averaging 6.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 19.25 million viewers. That puts it on par with the 6.6 and 19.74 million viewers that the network’s debut “SNF” game scored in 2018 (which later adjusted up to a 7.5 with 22.12 million viewers). NBC’s pre-game “Football Night in America” special also landed high with a 3.0 and 9.74 million viewers, pending adjustments.

Elsewhere, FOX benefitted from a late-afternoon NFL overrun, which spilled into the first half-hour of the night’s primetime ratings with a 5.8 and 18.09 million viewers. At 7:30 p.m., “The OT” followed the NFL overrun and scored a 4.3 with 13.33 million viewers, while the network filled the rest of the night with a lineup of comedy reruns, most of which posted NFL-boosted numbers.

On CBS, “60 Minutes” did well against its NFL competition, grabbing a 0.8 with 7.70 million viewers. Despite facing heavier competition than normal too, “Big Brother” raked in a solid 1.2 and 4.95 million viewers, up from the 0.9 and 4.01 million viewer audience it scored a week ago.

Rounding out the night, ABC’s “The $100,000 Pyramid” returned from a week off with a season low 0.5. “To Tell the Truth” also hit a new season low, grabbing a 0.4 with 2.83 million viewers in the 10 p.m. hour.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.2/23 2.7/12 0.7/3 0.5/2 0.2/
Total Viewers (millions) 15.68 8.31 4.54 3.40 0.64


: 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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