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[02/22/16 - 08:34 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Demos with "Disneyland 60"
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 (2/21/16):

ABC (6.014 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday thanks to a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.349 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), the special "The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60" (6.843 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and a new "Shark Tank" (4.022 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

NBC (5.733 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.985 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and its special "Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows" (5.480 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3).

Next up was CBS (8.956 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its original lineup of "60 Minutes" (10.672 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Madam Secretary" (10.641 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Good Wife" (7.882 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "CSI: Cyber" (6.630 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

And finally, a repeat "The Simpsons" (1.956 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) led into new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (2.306 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "The Simpsons" (3.138 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life" (1.897 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13), "Family Guy" (2.724 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "Bordertown" (1.749 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) on FOX (2.295 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Dateline NBC
+14.29% - Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life
+10.00% - Bob's Burgers
+8.33% - America's Funniest Home Videos
+8.33% - Family Guy
+7.69% - The Simpsons
0.00% - Madam Secretary
0.00% - The Good Wife
0.00% - CSI: Cyber
0.00% - Bordertown
-8.33% - 60 Minutes

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
N/A due to The 87th Annual Academy Awards on 2/22/15


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/22/15):

ABC (30.756 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.8, #1) was of course the top draw on Sunday with its primetime portion of "The 87th Annual Academy Awards" (34.628 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 10.3, #1). Leading off the night then were "Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet - Part 1" (19.311 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.6, #4), "Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet - Part 2" (23.589 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.1, #3) and "Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet - Part 3" (30.007 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 8.3, #2).

A year ago, "The 86th Annual Academy Awards" delivered 40.168 million viewers and a 12.1 rating among adults 18-49 in the fast nationals.

The silver went to FOX (2.139 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with its all-repeat lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (2.007 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.243 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), another "The Simpsons" (2.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.749 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.914 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and another "Bob's Burgers" (1.933 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.573 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and an expanded "60 Minutes" (6.518 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) followed by the feature "Act of Valor" (3.406 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Dateline NBC" (5.388 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and the crossover episodes of "Chicago Fire" (2.330 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.449 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Chicago PD" (2.756 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) closed out the evening on NBC (3.231 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-8.79% - Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet - Part 3 -10.29% - Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet - Part 2 -13.21% - Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet - Part 1 -14.88% - The 87th Annual Academy Awards

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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