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[09/22/14 - 08:43 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NFL Puts CBS, NBC on Top in Viewers, Demos
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 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/21/14):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to NFL coverage, Fast Nationals for FOX from 7-7:30p and CBS/NBC for the night are approximate; CBS' NFL game ended at 8:04p, with their prime entertainment lineup sliding.]

NBC (14.310 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its usual lineup of "Football Night in America #1" (5.264 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (5.970 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 5.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 7.2, #2).

CBS (17.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2) however was the most-watched network thanks to a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (27.347 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.3, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (18.174 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #4), the premiere of "Madam Secretary" (14.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and the return of "The Good Wife" (9.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was FOX (2.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (2.240 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.190 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), another "The Simpsons" (3.068 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Family Guy" (2.846 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), another "Family Guy" (3.062 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and the TBS-bound "American Dad" (2.967 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

And finally, ABC (3.064 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with its all-repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.845 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15), "Once Upon a Time" (2.672 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16), "Resurrection" (2.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17) and "Revenge" (2.230 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17).


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/22/13):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live programming, Fast Nationals for FOX (from 7-7:30p), CBS and NBC are approximate. On CBS, the NFL Over-run aired until approximately 8:03p.]

NBC (16.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1) held off the competition on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.037 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (7.516 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (14.528 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 5.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.9, #1).

CBS (16.279 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2) then served up the silver with a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (19.234 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.1, #2) followed by "The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards" (15.294 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.3, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.608 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its repeat lineup of "American Dad" (2.863 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "The Simpsons" (2.497 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), another "The Simpsons" (3.000 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Bob's Burgers" (2.502 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Family Guy" (2.705 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "Dads" (2.078 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

And finally, ABC (3.284 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with its second run combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.106 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13), "Once Upon a Time" (2.874 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), "Revenge" (2.381 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and another "Revenge" (2.775 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-6.76% - Sunday Night Football
-19.35% - Football Night in America #3
-39.02% - Football Night in America #2
-40.00% - Football Night in America #1

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+30.30% - The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards
-13.79% - Football Night in America #2
-14.81% - Sunday Night Football
-15.25% - Football Night in America #3
-18.18% - Football Night in America #1

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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