Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.

Note: Live NFL telecasts on NBC, CBS and FOX will likely mean larger than usual adjustments in the final ratings.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (000s)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (CBS) (7-7:59 p.m.) 6.2/20 22.53
Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:30 p.m.) 3.5/11 10.46
NFL overrun/The Grinder – R (FOX) 1.8/6 5.22
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.8/3 5.05
7:30 p.m. The Simpsons – R (FOX) 1.1/3 2.63
8 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) (7:59-8:59 p.m.) 2.3/6 13.55
Once Upon a Time (ABC) 1.6/5 4.85
The Simpsons (FOX) 1.6/5 3.63
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 7.5/20 20.93
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX) 1.2/3 2.55
9 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) (8:59-9:59 p.m.) 1.1/3 9.13
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) 1.0/3 2.23
Blood & Oil (ABC) 0.9/2 3.50
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 1.1/3 2.32
10 p.m. Quantico (ABC) 1.6/5 5.23
The Good Wife (CBS) (9:59-10:59 p.m.) 1.0/3 7.43


After taking a hit from the premiere of “The Walking Dead” last week, ratings for the broadcast networks stabilized some on Sunday. Which is not to say they improved.

ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and “Quantico” and FOX’s “The Simpsons” were the night’s top scripted shows, each drawing a 1.6 in adults 18-49. The two ABC shows were even with last week, while “The Simpsons” improved by a tenth.

Also at FOX, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was down a tenth vs. last week, while “Bob’s Burgers” — airing at 9 p.m. this week — was flat with the 1.0 it scored at 7:30 last week. “The Last Man on Earth” was even too.

“Sunday Night Football” bounced back from last week’s dip and is currently at 7.5, up 29 percent from last week’s 5.8.

A long NFL overrun on CBS pushed “Madam Secretary” (1.1, -0.3) and “The Good Wife” (1.0, -0.1) down. “CSI: Cyber” didn’t begin until 10:59 p.m. ET, so its numbers aren’t included here. They’ll be reported in the final nationals.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 6.0/17 2.7/8 1.3/4 1.2/3
Total Viewers (000s) 17.00 13.16 3.10 4.66


: 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, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. 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. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.-
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. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)
Time Shifted Viewing 
– Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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