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NBC Leads Sunday; Football Ignites Fox as Well

SUNDAY FAST AFFILIATE RATING RESULTS

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Sunday, October 16 broken out by network and by each half-hour.

-Total Viewers:
NBC: 10.61 million, Fox: 9.09, CBS: 8.82, ABC: 3.61

-Adults 18-49:
NBC: 3.7 rating/12 share, Fox: 3.3/10, CBS: 1.1/ 3, ABC: 0.9/ 3

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7:00 p.m.

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 4.00 million (#4), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

CBS – 60 Minutes
Viewers: 9.37 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Football Night in America (part one)
Viewers: 4.55 million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 5 (#2)

Fox – NFL overrun
Viewers: 21.53 million (#1), A18-49: 7.0/25 (#1)

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7:30 p.m.

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 4.95 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

CBS – 60 Minutes
Viewers: 11.08 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Football Night in America (part two)
Viewers: 5.98 million (#2), A18-49: 2.0/ 7 (#2)

Fox – The OT
Viewers: 15.34 million (#1), A18-49: 5.3/ 8 (#1)

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8:00 p.m.

ABC – Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.62 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#4)

CBS – Madam Secretary
Viewers: 10.89 million (#1) million (#2), A18-49: 1.3/ 4 (#2)

NBC – Football Night in America (part three)
Viewers: 10.68 million (#2), A18-49: 3.6/12 (#1)

Fox – The Simpsons
Viewers: 7.51 million (#3), A18-49: 3.1/10 (#2)
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8:30 p.m.

ABC – Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.35 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)

CBS – Madam Secretary
Viewers: 10.64 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 1.4/ 4 (#3)

NBC – Sunday Night Football (Indianapolis at Houston)
Viewers: 14.00 million (#1), A18-49: 4.9/15 (#1)

Fox – Son of Zorn
Viewers: 3.83 million (#3), A18-49: 1.5/ 5 (#2)

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9:00 p.m.

ABC – Secrets and Lies
Viewers: 3.47 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

CBS – Madam Secretary
Viewers: 9.28 million (#2), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#3)

NBC – Sunday Night Football (Indianapolis at Houston)
Viewers: 14.00 million (#1), A18-49: 4.9/14 (#1)

Fox – Family Guy
Viewers: 3.67 million (#3), A18-49: 1.6/ 5 (#2)

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9:30 p.m.

ABC – Secrets and Lies
Viewers: 3.42 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#4)

CBS – Madam Secretary
Viewers: 8.75 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#3)

NBC – Sunday Night Football (Indianapolis at Houston)
Viewers: 12.61 million (#1), A18-49: 4.5/13 (#1)

Fox – The Last Man on Earth
Viewers: 2.67 million (#4), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#2)

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10:00 p.m.

ABC – Quantico
Viewers: 3.17 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#2t)

CBS – Elementary
Viewers: 5.60 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#2t)

NBC – Sunday Night Football (Indianapolis at Houston)
Viewers: 11.53 million (#1), A18-49: 4.2/13 (#1)

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10:30 p.m.

ABC – Quantico
Viewers: 2.91 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#2t)

CBS – Elementary
Viewers: 4.99 million (#2) million (#2), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#2t)

NBC – Sunday Night Football (Indianapolis at Houston)
Viewers: 11.53 million (#1), A18-49: 4.2/14 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “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. If you just looked at the aggregates, you’d think “here’s the last solid night of television”.

    Sadly for scripted TV, it’s mostly down to Football and 60 Minutes.

    At FOX, disaster once again struck, thanks to renewed flops Family Guy and Last Man on Earth as well as disaster Son of Zorn (which killed all chances of Family Guy enjoying what was left of that big football lead-in…

    At CBS, Madam Secretary continues to surprise me by being solid (although the continual erosion throughout the night is a sign it’s not THAT solid). Elementary continues to flop, leading to questions from the media as to why it was renewed yet again (just kidding there won’t be questions from the media except maybe from Marc 🙂 ).

    At NBC, another lower-rated football game (really makes you wonder where that huge football audience of last year went – are the games that much worse this season?)

    At ABC, Channing Dungey’s three renewed flops killed the night very effectively. Thank God the episodes will be “stacked” on abc.com where the fans will be able to catch up on them… 😉

    • The NFL seems to suggest that the POTUS election is the main cause for this season’s declines but I’m leaning towards the league’s greed finally catching up to them. The Thursday (and London) games are junk, too many penalties are now called in every game, and the league has more mediocrity than ever (which they like to label as “parity”). Houston is a subpar team and Indianapolis is 1-5.

      • Thanks for your analysis. I appreciate the view of an expert. 🙂

        I’d buy the debates excuse if the rest of the games was unaffected…

        Funny how before the debates took place the dates picked were criticized because nobody would watch them because of football… 🙂