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[09/17/18 - 08:25 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Wins with "Sunday Night Football"
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 19 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/16/18):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

NBC (7:30-11pm) (16.442 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) coasted to victory on Sunday with its combination of "Football Night in America #1" (5.796 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (9.792 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.8, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.168 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1).

CBS (8.377 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (19.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #2), "60 Minutes" (11.912 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #5), "Big Brother 20" (6.500 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.510 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and another "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.254 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18).

Next up was ABC (4.364 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.009 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.411 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.315 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (2.752 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Simpsons" (2.033 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), another "The Simpsons" (2.029 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.570 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15), "Family Guy" (1.549 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and another "Family Guy" (1.486 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) rounded out the night on FOX (1.903 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+13.33% - Big Brother 20
+6.90% - Football Night in America #2
-6.06% - Sunday Night Football
-11.11% - Football Night in America #1
-14.29% - Football Night in America #3
-18.18% - Celebrity Family Feud (vs. 8/26/18)
-22.22% - $100,000 Pyramid (vs. 8/26/18)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+54.84% - Football Night in America #3
+50.00% - Celebrity Family Feud (vs. Celebrity Family Feud (Repeat))
+47.62% - Football Night in America #2
+16.67% - $100,000 Pyramid (vs. Steve Harvey's Funderdome)
0.00% - Football Night in America #1
-3.13% - Sunday Night Football
-19.05% - Big Brother 20 (vs. The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards)


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/17/17):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

NBC (15.533 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (5.279 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8), "Football Night in America #2" (6.658 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5), "Football Night in America #3" (9.770 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.4, #2).

The silver then went to FOX (12.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.3, #2) with a full 90-minutes of "NFL Overrun" (18.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.5, #1) followed by (half-hour results only) "NFL Overrun/The Orville" (10.243 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3), "The Orville" (5.036 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and "The Orville/Family Guy" (3.597 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Next up was CBS (9.407 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its telecasts of "60 Minutes" (8.901 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards" (9.576 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.133 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.621 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) plus originals from "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (2.979 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (2.906 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) rounded out the night on ABC (3.409 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-20.00% - Sunday Night Football
-25.00% - Steve Harvey's Funderdome (vs. 8/27/17)
-26.09% - The Orville - 9:00
-28.57% - $100,000 Pyramid (vs. 8/27/17)
-30.43% - Football Night in America #1
-43.24% - Football Night in America #2
-48.33% - Football Night in America #3

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+112.50% - The Orville - 9:00 (vs. Family Guy (Repeat))
-13.51% - Sunday Night Football
-16.00% - The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards
-23.81% - Football Night in America #1
-40.00% - Football Night in America #2
-42.59% - Football Night in America #3
-76.00% - Steve Harvey's Funderdome (vs. The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards)
-80.00% - $100,000 Pyramid (vs. The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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