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ABC and Fox Has Sprung a Leak on Sunday

Both Networks Cannot Compete With their Current Line-Ups

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Sunday, October 23 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 13.59 million, CBS: 12.58, ABC: 3.42, Fox: 3.11

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 4.6 rating/14 share, CBS: 2.3/ 7, Fox: 1.3/ 4, ABC: 0.8/ 2

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-Winners:

“60 Minutes” (CBS), “Sunday Night Football” (NBC)

-Honorable Mention:
“NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS), “Madam Secretary” (CBS)

-Losers (excluding repeats):
“Once Upon a Time” (ABC), “The Simpsons” (Fox), “Son of Zorn” (Fox), “Secrets and Lies” (ABC), “Family Guy” (Fox), “The Last Man on Earth” (Fox), “Quantico” (ABC)

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7:00 p.m.

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
Viewers: 4.16 million (#4), A18-49: 0.6/ 2 (#4)

CBS – NFL Football
Viewers: 21.75 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 5.9/21 (#1)

NBC – Football Night in America, part one
Viewers: 7.11 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 8 (#2)

ABC – The Simpsons (R)
Viewers: 4.56 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 6 (#3)

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7:30 p.m.

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos (R)
Viewers: 4.71 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

CBS – 60 Minutes
Viewers: 16.64 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 3.6/12 (#1)

NBC – Football Night in America, part two
Viewers: 10.61 million (#2), A18-49: 3.5/11 (#2)

ABC – Bob’s Burgers
Viewers: 3.76 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#3)

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.39 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

CBS – 60 Minutes
Viewers: 15.57 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 2.7/ 8 (#2)

NBC – Football Night in America, part three
Viewers: 13.81 million (#2), A18-49: 4.5/14 (#1)

ABC – The Simpsons
Viewers: 3.41 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#3)

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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.31 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3t)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 11.90 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 5 (#2)

NBC – Sunday Night Football (Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals)
Viewers: 18.21 million (#1), A18-49: 6.0/17 (#1)

ABC – Son of Zorn
Viewers: 2.53 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3t)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Secrets and Lies
Viewers: 3.06 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

CBS – NCIS: Los Angeles
Viewers: 10.96 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 1.5/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Sunday Night Football (Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals)
Viewers: 17.22 million (#1), A18-49: 5.8/16 (#1)

ABC – The Simpsons
Viewers: 2.53 million (#3), A18-49: 1.2/ 3 (#3)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Secrets and Lies
Viewers: 3.17 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

CBS – Madam Secretary
Viewers: 9.65 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 1.w/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Sunday Night Football (Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals)
Viewers: 14.88 million (#1), A18-49: 5.1/14 (#1)

ABC – The Last Man of Earth
Viewers: 2.08 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 2 (#3)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Quantico
Viewers: 2.75 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Madam Secretary
Viewers: 8.16 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Sunday Night Football (Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals)
Viewers: 13.38 million (#1), A18-49: 4.7/14 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Quantico
Viewers: 2.75 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#3)

CBS – Elementary
Viewers: 5.99 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#2)

NBC – Sunday Night Football (Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals)
Viewers: 13.47 million (#1), A18-49: 4.7/15 (#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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  1. Please cancel Quantico now!

    Son of the Bronx did you see Matthew Stafford’s clutch performance for the Detroit Leos yesterday? You’re welcome in advance for giving the Eagles and Redskins a pair of important losses this season to keep your G-Men in the mix. #GoLions #DvE #4-3

    Also good luck to the two Detroiters tonight in Jana Kramer and Calvin Johnsonon Dancing with the Stars!

      • Find stronger dramas and cut the Tuesday comedy block. Even though DWTS is doing very well against The Voice I would move it to Thursdays and move the Shonda block to Mondays.

          • They (and all of the networks) need to stop renewing flops and stop ordering dramas from the same small group of bad producers. It’s as easy as that.

            But they won’t do it.

              • Thanks CR. 🙂

                Id argue that it because of years and year not cancelling flops because it was unthinkable to cancel so many shows that they are now in a position where they should cancel all their shows except Empire and maybe The Simpsons (if it adds enough value to the series syndication package which it may still do).

                The reason they don’t do it is that from the executive’s perspective, it is a higher-probability-of-success shot to try and sell the owner of the company that it’s as good as it can be given the “new normal” and talk a lot about “all-important demos” and “social media impact” than to admit you picked the wrong shows and try and salvage the company.

                In the end, the responsibility falls squarely on the owners who, as a group don’t have anyone who knows how the business should and could work a lot more profitably than it does now.

                A great example is NBC which is owned by Comcast who has no one in charge who knows about film-making or how you program a network.

                And thus do those great companies turn to dust in front of our eyes. 🙁

            • its kind of like the reverse of nbc their dramas are doing well but their comedies are not its like the reverse.

              • I certainly wouldn’t say NBC is doing well with dramas. Their highest-rated this year is This Is Us and it’s fading and barely solid in spite of a solid lead-in.

                The rest is the Chicagos which look good because of how poorly the rest is doing.

              • Yeah it’s strange with both networks right now, only CBS has the balance going between the two genres. I feel like if ABC programmed better they could do better with dramas and I have hope for NBC now if they bring back Will & Grace like its been reported out there this morning.

                • Frankly, none has any balance. They can’t find hits, period.

                  CBS isn’t as shot with the public as the other networks so their shows still get bigger sampling (but it’s fading rapidly) and they’re doing all they can to extend the coattails of BBT and NCIS, but the situation is just dire.

  2. FOX and ABC have sprung a leak indeed. I think it is time for ABC to announce a final season for Once Upon a Time and let it glide out to final season territory

    I enjoy Quantico but even I know that isn’t good for a third season. Yikes!

    I wonder how Walking Dead season 7 did? Very hyped and tons of social media attention. The show has trended upward and peaked in season 5 and trended down some in season 6. Curious where Season 7 wind up fitting.

    • I’d keep optimistic. Quantico looked terrible for a second season so, like New Girl, could get six. it’s all about internal politics at the network…

  3. It’s been the case for FOX for years.

    The Simpsons is the only show they have that was a genuine hit. The rest of “Animation Domination” was all hype, no ratings.

    There must also be some panic at NBC as those y-o-y numbers are going to look quite awful with football collapsing the way it did this season.
    At ABC, I’ll point out once again that Channing Dungey did renew all three flops, knowing they were already flops.

    Clearly nobody at Disney cares that ABC is sinking or she’d already be gone…