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[02/16/15 - 09:23 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Dominates with "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special"
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 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (2/15/15):

NBC (20.141 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.6, #1) overshadowed the competition on Sunday with the "SNL 40th Red Carpet Live" (11.135 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) and the primetime portion of "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special" (23.144 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.8, #1).

ABC (6.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed a distant second place with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.567 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "The Bachelor: Chris Tell All" (5.622 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "The Bachelor" (5.979 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

Next up was CBS (7.670 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "60 Minutes" (10.403 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Undercover Boss" (6.309 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (6.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and the season finale of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (6.977 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, FOX (1.995 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with the departing "Mulaney" (1.109 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15), a repeat "The Simpsons" (1.485 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and new episodes from "The Simpsons" (2.747 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.136 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Family Guy" (2.510 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.987 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-8.33% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - 9:00 (vs. 1/25/15)
-8.33% - The Simpsons
-10.00% - Bob's Burgers
-14.29% - Family Guy
-15.38% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - 10:00 (vs. 1/25/15)
-20.00% - Mulaney
-20.00% - 60 Minutes
-25.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
-40.00% - Undercover Boss (vs. 1/25/15)
-44.44% - The Bachelor (vs. 2/9/15)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+175.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - 9:00 (vs. The Mentalist (Repeat))
+175.00% - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - 10:00 (vs. The Good Wife (Repeat))
+87.50% - The Bachelor (vs. Up/Castle (Repeats))
+80.00% - Undercover Boss (vs. Elementary (Repeat))
+66.67% - The Bachelor: Chris Tell All (vs. Up (Repeat))
+62.50% - Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (vs. 2014 Olympic Winter Games)
+20.00% - 60 Minutes
+16.67% - America's Funniest Home Videos (vs. America's Funniest Home Videos (Repeat))
0.00% - The Simpsons (vs. The Simpsons (Repeat))
0.00% - Family Guy (vs. Family Guy (Repeat))
-10.00% - Bob's Burgers (vs. American Dad (Repeat))
-18.18% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. Bob's Burgers (Repeat))
-33.33% - Mulaney (vs. Bob's Burgers (Repeat))
-37.50% - SNL 40th Red Carpet Live (vs. 2014 Olympic Winter Games)


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/16/14):

NBC (21.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its primetime coverage of the "2014 Olympic Winter Games" (21.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1).

FOX (2.035 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed a distant second place with its all-repeat lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (1.415 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), "American Dad" (1.556 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "The Simpsons" (2.392 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), another "Bob's Burgers" (2.213 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Family Guy" (2.507 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and another "American Dad" (2.124 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), the feature "Up" (3.308 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Castle" (3.236 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, CBS (4.172 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with a new "60 Minutes" (8.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) followed by repeats of "Elementary" (3.391 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "The Mentalist" (2.649 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "The Good Wife" (2.649 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-16.67% - 60 Minutes
-30.43% - 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+300.00% - 2014 Olympic Winter Games (vs. Various)
-23.08% - 60 Minutes

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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