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[03/19/18 - 08:48 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NCAA Overrun Pushes CBS 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 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (3/18/18):

CBS (9.010 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to a primetime "NCAA Overrun" (12.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (9.997 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), the premiere of "Instinct" (8.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and new episodes from "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Madam Secretary" (6.371 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17).

ABC (6.231 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.295 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) alongside week two of "American Idol" (7.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Deception" (4.153 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (5.348 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with the return of "Little Big Shots" (5.973 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), a second "Little Big Shots" (7.480 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), the launch of "Genius Junior" (5.074 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and a new "Timeless" (2.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, FOX (1.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.416 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.5, #18) and its new mix of "Bob's Burgers" (1.686 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14), "The Simpsons" (2.067 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.928 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Family Guy" (2.306 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.611 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+77.78% - 60 Minutes
+28.57% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. 12/12/17)
0.00% - NCIS: Los Angeles
0.00% - Bob's Burgers
0.00% - Madam Secretary
-12.50% - Timeless
-21.74% - American Idol
-27.27% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-30.77% - Deception
-54.55% - Family Guy (vs. 1/14/18)
-58.82% - The Last Man on Earth (vs. 1/14/18)
-91.75% - The Simpsons (vs. 1/14/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+200.00% - American Idol (vs. Once Upon a Time/Time After Time)
+125.00% - Deception (vs. American Crime)
+33.33% - Little Big Shots - 7:00 (vs. Little Big Shots (Repeat))
+28.57% - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (vs. Making History)
+12.50% - NCIS: Los Angeles (vs. Madam Secretary)
0.00% - Madam Secretary (vs. Elementary)
0.00% - Genius Junior (vs. Chicago Justice)
-5.88% - 60 Minutes
-9.09% - Family Guy
-11.11% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-12.50% - Bob's Burgers
-12.50% - Timeless (vs. Shades of Blue)
-12.50% - The Last Man on Earth
-16.67% - Instinct (vs. NCIS: Los Angeles)
-20.00% - The Simpsons
-26.67% - Little Big Shots - 8:00


Here are the highlights of the 19 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (3/19/17):

CBS (8.916 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) got a boost on Sunday with its "NCAA Overrun" (13.180 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) followed by new episodes of "60 Minutes" (10.576 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.994 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Madam Secretary" (7.227 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Elementary" (4.551 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16).

NBC (5.974 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of a "Little Big Shots" (4.751 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16) encore alongside originals from "Little Big Shots" (9.324 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Chicago Justice" (5.700 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Shades of Blue" (4.120 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was FOX (2.083 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (2.325 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) plus fresh installments of "Bob's Burgers" (1.950 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.343 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Making History" (1.566 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14), "Family Guy" (2.365 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.945 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.832 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Once Upon a Time" (2.718 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Time After Time" (1.783 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18) and "American Crime" (1.884 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18) closed out the night on ABC (2.804 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+54.55% - 60 Minutes
+9.09% - NCIS: Los Angeles
0.00% - Family Guy
0.00% - Madam Secretary
0.00% - Shades of Blue
0.00% - Bob's Burgers
0.00% - The Last Man on Earth
0.00% - Making History
0.00% - Elementary
-9.09% - Chicago Justice
-9.09% - The Simpsons
-10.00% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-11.11% - Once Upon a Time
-11.76% - Little Big Shots
-20.00% - American Crime
-33.33% - Time After Time

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+14.29% - Shades of Blue (vs. Hollywood Game Night)
0.00% - 60 Minutes
0.00% - NCIS: Los Angeles (vs. Madam Secretary)
0.00% - Bob's Burgers (vs. Ice Age: The Great Egg-scapade)
-16.67% - Chicago Justice (vs. The Carmichael Show/Crowded)
-18.18% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-20.00% - Madam Secretary (vs. The Good Wife)
-25.00% - Elementary
-27.27% - Once Upon a Time
-31.25% - Family Guy (vs. The Passion)
-37.50% - The Simpsons (vs. The Passion)
-42.31% - Little Big Shots
-42.86% - Time After Time (vs. The Family)
-50.00% - The Last Man on Earth (vs. The Passion)
-56.25% - Making History (vs. The Passion)
-60.00% - American Crime (vs. Quantico)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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