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[03/02/15 - 08:43 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Last Man on Earth" Opens on Top for FOX
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 (3/1/15):

FOX (4.078 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Sunday with its mix of a "The Simpsons" (2.511 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T14) repeat followed by new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (2.979 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9), "The Simpsons" (3.973 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.635 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), the premiere of "The Last Man on Earth" (5.702 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1) and a second "The Last Man on Earth" (5.667 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1).

ABC (5.705 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with fresh installments from "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.379 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "Once Upon a Time" (6.552 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) followed by the launch of "Secrets & Lies" (5.829 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and a second hour of "Secrets & Lies" (6.062 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (10.362 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (13.310 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Madam Secretary" (11.417 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "The Good Wife" (8.917 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13) and the debut of "Battle Creek" (7.805 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T14).

And finally, an encore of "The Voice" (5.115 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (3.851 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #16) closed out the evening on NBC (4.483 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. 2/15/15)
+100.00% - 60 Minutes
+63.64% - The Simpsons (vs. 2/15/15)
+55.56% - Bob's Burgers (vs. 2/15/15)
+29.41% - Once Upon a Time (vs. 12/14/14)
-7.14% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-15.38% - The Good Wife (vs. 1/11/15)
-23.53% - Madam Secretary (vs. 1/11/15)
-33.33% - Dateline NBC (vs. 1/25/15)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
N/A due to the Oscars a year ago


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (3/2/14):

ABC (35.155 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 10.2, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its coverage "The Oscars Red Carpet Live, Part 1" (21.386 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 5.3, #4), "The Oscars Red Carpet Live, Part 2" (25.709 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.8, #3), "The Oscars Red Carpet Live, Part 3" (33.301 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 9.1, #2) and "The 86th Annual Academy Awards" (40.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 12.1, #1).

A year ago, "The 85th Annual Academy Awards" (36.967 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 12.1, #1) posted equal demo numbers.

CBS (5.405 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then topped the leftovers with its mix of "60 Minutes" (0.000 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "The Amazing Race 23" (0.000 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "The Mentalist" (0.000 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "The Good Wife" (0.000 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

Next up was NBC (3.735 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "Dateline NBC" (4.159 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "The Voice" (3.310 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (1.960 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "American Dad" (1.747 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.608 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), another "Bob's Burgers" (2.343 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Family Guy" (2.698 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and another "American Dad" (2.407 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) closed out the night over on FOX (2.294 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-6.25% - The Amazing Race 23

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+6.00% - The Oscars Red Carpet Live, Part 1
+1.49% - The Oscars Red Carpet Live, Part 2
0.00% - The 86th Annual Academy Awards
-1.09% - The Oscars Red Carpet Live, Part 3
-37.50% - The Amazing Race 23

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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