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[09/09/19 - 08:11 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Sunday Night Football" Kicks Off on Top
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 20 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/8/19):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

NBC (15.683 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) was of course the top draw on Sunday with the formal premieres of "Football Night in America #1" (6.665 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.139 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.423 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.2, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.6, #1).

FOX (8.305 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) then claimed the silver with a full hour of "The OT" (15.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.1, #2) followed by repeats of "The Simpsons" (11.871 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.8, #4), "Last Man Standing" (3.257 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "Family Guy" (1.902 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and another "Last Man Standing" (1.383 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was CBS (4.544 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.701 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Big Brother 21" (4.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.635 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.893 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.398 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.799 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.553 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) plus originals from "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.406 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.833 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15).

And finally, repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.721 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18), "Masters of Illusion" (0.578 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.529 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #20) on The CW (0.637 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Big Brother 21
-16.67% - The $100,000 Pyramid (vs. 8/25/19)
-33.33% - To Tell the Truth (vs. 8/25/19)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Sunday Night Football
0.00% - Football Night in America #2
0.00% - Football Night in America #1
-20.00% - Big Brother 21
-25.00% - Football Night in America #3
-28.57% - The $100,000 Pyramid (vs. The 2019 Miss America Competition)
-42.86% - To Tell the Truth (vs. The 2019 Miss America Competition)


Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/9/18):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

NBC (7:30-11pm) (17.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with the formal return of "Football Night in America #1" (6.240 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.164 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (17.279 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.6, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.600 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.6, #1).

FOX (7.085 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then was a distant second with its own "NFL Overrun" (17.897 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.7, #2) followed by "The OT" (13.254 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.4, #4), a special preview of "Rel" (5.054 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) plus repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.656 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.982 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Family Guy" (1.666 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Next up was CBS (4.701 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.087 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Big Brother 20" (5.693 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), "Hawaii Five-0" (2.942 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.084 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17).

And finally, repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.010 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.124 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) alongside "The 2019 Miss America Competition" (4.307 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) on ABC (4.187 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Big Brother 20

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-6.67% - Football Night in America #3
-17.50% - Sunday Night Football
-21.05% - Big Brother 20
-21.62% - Football Night in America #2
-21.74% - Football Night in America #1
-26.09% - Rel (vs. The Orville)
-41.67% - The 2019 Miss America Competition

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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