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Sunday Overnights: 68th Annual Emmy Awards Dips to What Could Be an Historical Low

Sunday Night Football on NBC Down, but Still Very Dominant

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 10.7/17, CBS: 8.3/13, ABC: 7.2/12, Fox: 1.3/ 2

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:

ABC: +443, CBS: +102, NBC: -13, Fox: 87

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-Ratings Analysis:
The dramatic percent shift for ABC and Fox last night was a result of Fox airing “The Emmy Awards” on the year-ago evening. That said, “The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards” on ABC, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, dipped to an estimated 8.4 rating/13 share in the household overnights from 8-11 p.m., which comparatively was down by three percent from the 8.7/14 on Fox on the year-ago evening. That 8.7 overnight rating translated into 11.87 million viewers, based on the Live + Same Day data, which was an all-time low for any Emmys telecast. For the complete listing of winners, click here

The “Sunday Night Football” match-up on NBC was between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, and it was below average (but still very dominant) at an estimated 13.7/22 in the household overnights for the primetime portion. One year earlier, the Seattle Seahawks at the Green Bay Packers scored 16.3/27.

Earlier in the evening on NBC was “Football Night in America” at a 2.0/ 4 (#4) at 7 p.m., a 4.9/ 8 (#2) at 7:30 p.m. and an 8.7/14 (#1t) in the 8 p.m. half-hour. As a reminder, results for any live event are always estimated.

Individual program averages on CBS are approximate due to an NFL Football overrun, which scored a 14.6/26 (#1) in the 7 p.m. half-hour. That led into a later version of “60 Minutes” (which included some of the football overrun) at a 9.9/17 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by part one of “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey” at a very respectable 7.1/11 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. A repeat of “NCIS: Los Angeles” capped off the night for CBS with a 3.6/ 6 from 10:30-11:30 p.m.

Fox was in all repeats care of two episodes of “Bob’s Burgers” (#4: avg. 1.6/ 3 from 7-8 p.m.) and “The “Simpsons” (#4: avg. 1.2/ 2 from 8-9 p.m.), a “Family Guy” (#4: 1.3/ 2) and “The Last Man of Earth” (#4: 0.9/ 1) from 9-10 p.m.

What follows is the half-hour breakdown:

7:00 p.m.
ABC – Countdown to the Emmy Awards: Red Carpet Live: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
CBS – NFL Football: 14.6/26 (#1)
NBC – Football Night in America, part one: 2.0/ 4 (#4)
Fox – Bob’s Burger’s (R): 2.1/ 4 (#3)

7:30 p.m.
ABC – Countdown to the Emmy Awards: Red Carpet Live: 4.2/ 7 (#3)
CBS – 60 Minutes: 11.1/19 (#1)
NBC – Football Night in America, part two: 4.9/ 8 (#2)
Fox – Bob’s Burger’s (R): 1.2/ 2 (#4)

8:00 p.m.
ABC – 68th Primetime Emmy Awards: 8.3/14 (#3)
CBS – 60 Minutes: 8.7/14 (#1t)
NBC – Football Night in America, part three: 8.7/14 (#1t)
Fox – The Simpsons (R): 1.2/ 2 (#4)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – 68th Primetime Emmy Awards: 8.5/14 (#2)
CBS – The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey: 7.2/11 (#3)
NBC – NFL Football: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: 13.4/22 (#1)
Fox – The Simpsons (R): 1.2/ 2 (#4)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – 68th Primetime Emmy Awards: 8.4/13 (#2)
CBS – The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey: 7.1/11 (#3)
NBC – NFL Football: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: 14.2/22 (#1)
Fox – Family Guy (R): 1.3/ 2 (#4)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – 68th Primetime Emmy Awards: 8.5/13 (#2)
CBS – The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey: 7.1/11 (#3)
NBC – NFL Football: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: 14.5/23 (#1)
Fox – Family Guy (R): 0.9/ 1 (#4)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – 68th Primetime Emmy Awards: 8.313 (#2)
CBS – The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey: 6.9/11 (#3)
NBC – NFL Football: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: 12.7/21 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – 68th Primetime Emmy Awards: 8.1/14 (#2)
CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles (R): 4.3/ 7 (#3)
NBC – NFL Football: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: 13.5/23 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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