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[10/19/20 - 08:15 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "SNF" Hold Off FOX, Game 7 of NLCS
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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (10/18/20):

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

NBC (8.641 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) held onto top honors on Sunday with its usual quartet of "Football Night in America #1" (4.759 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (7.030 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (10.187 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T2) and "Sunday Night Football" (9.430 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T2).

FOX (8.203 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) was a close second with a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (13.607 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) followed by the "NLCS, Game 7" (6.401 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5).

Next up was ABC (3.873 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and the season premieres of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.269 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Supermarket Sweep" (4.781 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (3.838 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Card Sharks" (2.603 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.569 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (2.741 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Mom" (1.448 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.407 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) alongside repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.295 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T15) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.378 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T15) on The CW (0.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+5.56% - Football Night in America #2
0.00% - Pandora
-8.33% - Football Night in America #1
-9.68% - Football Night in America #3
-12.50% - Sunday Night Football
-71.43% - 60 Minutes

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+66.67% - Supermarket Sweep (vs. Kids Say the Darndest Things)
+30.43% - NLCS, Game 7 (vs. Various)
0.00% - 60 Minutes
0.00% - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (vs. Shark Tank)
-20.83% - Football Night in America #2
-28.57% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-31.25% - Football Night in America #1
-33.33% - Card Sharks (vs. The Rookie)
-42.86% - Football Night in America #3
-51.72% - Sunday Night Football
-66.67% - Pandora (vs. Batwoman)


Here are the highlights of the 19 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/20/19):

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

NBC (15.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) coasted to another victory on Sunday with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (6.304 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.338 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.636 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.9, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.767 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1).

Second place then went to FOX (7.249 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) with a full hour of "The OT" (14.889 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.4, #3) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (5.674 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5), "Bless the Harts" (2.880 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (2.528 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Family Guy" (2.634 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

Next up was CBS (6.333 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.070 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "God Friended Me" (6.449 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.303 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Madam Secretary" (4.507 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.068 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.995 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (4.177 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Shark Tank" (3.291 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "The Rookie" (3.809 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, The CW (1.067 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the evening with fresh installments from "Batwoman" (1.230 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18) and "Supergirl" (0.904 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #19).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+162.50% - The Simpsons
+83.33% - Bless the Harts
+71.43% - Family Guy
+57.14% - Bob's Burgers
+48.72% - Sunday Night Football
+40.00% - Football Night in America #3
+14.29% - Football Night in America #1
0.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos
0.00% - The Rookie
0.00% - Batwoman
-12.50% - NCIS: Los Angeles
-14.29% - Football Night in America #2
-14.29% - Kids Say the Darndest Things
-14.29% - Shark Tank
-20.00% - Madam Secretary
-33.33% - Supergirl
-33.33% - God Friended Me
-61.90% - 60 Minutes

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Family Guy (vs. Rel)
+75.00% - The Simpsons
+50.00% - The Rookie (vs. The Alec Baldwin Show)
+32.43% - Football Night in America #3
+26.09% - Sunday Night Football
+23.08% - Football Night in America #1
0.00% - Bob's Burgers (vs. Family Guy)
-4.00% - Football Night in America #2
-8.33% - Bless the Harts (vs. Bob's Burgers)
-12.50% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-25.00% - Batwoman (vs. Supergirl)
-25.00% - Kids Say the Darndest Things (vs. Dancing with the Stars: Juniors)
-25.00% - Shark Tank
-36.36% - NCIS: Los Angeles
-42.86% - Madam Secretary
-50.00% - Supergirl (vs. Charmed)
-53.85% - God Friended Me
-70.37% - 60 Minutes

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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