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Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals on ‘Sunday Night Football’ Lifts NBC to an Easy Victory

ABC and Fox Are in Need of a Complete Overhaul

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016

Household Rating/Share

NBC: 8.7/14, CBS: 8.6/14, ABC: 2.3/ 4, Fox: 2.1/ 3

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
CBS: +28, NBC:-18, ABC: -28, Fox: -65

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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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Ratings Breakdown:

It was another easy overnight Sunday victory for NBC care of the Seattle Seahawks at the Arizona Cardinals on “Sunday Night Football,” which averaged an estimated 11.5 rating/19 share from 8:30-11:30 p.m. ET. As a reminder, results for any live sporting event are always approximate.

CBS also benefited by football, with a primetime overrun leading the 7 p.m. half-hour with a hefty 14.6/25. The Eye net’s regularly scheduled Sunday night line-up is estimated due to football, of course, and it appears as follows:

CBS Sunday
7:30 p.m. – “60 Minutes”: 11.1/18 (#1)
8:30 p.m. – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 7.6/11 (#2)
9:30 p.m. – “Madam Secretary”: 6.4/10 (#2)
10:30 p.m. – “Elementary”: 4.2/ 8 (#2)

Outside of NBC and CBS, there was little of note, with both ABC and Fox in need of a complete overhaul. An encore telecast of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” on ABC opened with a 2.7/ 4 from 7-8 p.m., which was the highest rated program on the alphabet net last night. Next was tired “Once Upon a Time” at a 2.3/ 4 at 8 p.m. (#3), which really needs to conclude this season, followed by sophomore dramas “Secrets and Lies” (#3: 2.1/ 3) and “Quantico” (#3: 2.0/ 4) from 9-11 p.m. Resting “Secrets and Lies” for one full season was, no doubt, not of benefit to ABC.

A repeat of “The Simpsons” on Fox, which included partial football in the average, opened with a 3.3/ 6 at 7 p.m., followed by “Bob’s Burgers” at a 2.7/ 4 (#4) at 7:30 p.m. Next was an original installment of “The Simpsons” (#4: 2.1/ 3 at 8 p.m.), which hit the 600 episode mark last week, followed by recently introduced “Son of Zorn” (#4: 1.4/ 2), veteran “Family Guy” (#4: 1.6/ 2) and “The Last Man on Earth” (#4: 1.4/ 2) from 8:30-10 p.m. Both ABC and Fox at this point are sinking to historical lows on the evening.

What follows are the household overnight results for Sunday, October 23 by half-hour:

7:00 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (R): 2.7/ 4 (#3)
CBS – NFL Football: 14.6/25 (#1)
NBC – “Football Night in America,” part one: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
Fox – “The Simpsons” (R): 3.3/ 6 (#2)

7:30 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (R): 2.8/ 4 (#3)
CBS – 60 Minutes: 11.5/19 (#1)
NBC – “Football Night in America,” part two: 4.1/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “Bob’s Burgers”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Once Upon a Time”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 10.8/17 (#1)
NBC – “Football Night in America,” part three: 6.7/11 (#2)
Fox – “The Simpsons”: 2.1/ 3 (#4)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Once Upon a Time”: 2.2/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 8.1/12 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals): 11.0/17 (#1)
Fox – “Son of Zorn”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Secrets and Lies”: 2.1/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 7.0/10 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals): 11.6/18 (#1)
Fox – “Family Guy”: 1.6/ 2 (#4)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Secrets and Lies”: 2.2/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Madam Secretary”: 6.7/10 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals): 12.0/18 (#1)
Fox – “The Last Man on Earth”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 2.0/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Madam Secretary”: 6.1/10 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals): 11.0/17 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Elementary”: 4.5/ 8 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals): 11.5/19 (#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. looks like ABC is fading on Sundays. Not a football fan but my boys are and not happy with the Colts this year.

      • They ARE that horrendous, and more because it squanders its lead-in and collapses further at the half, which means on its own it’d do even worse.

        But that doesn’t mean it won’t be renewed…

        They renewed Scream Queens so political backing alone can get a show renewed today. 🙁

  2. Couldn’t believe that Seahawks VS Cards game ended in a tie and the kickers missed freaking chip shots to end the game in OT. Anyways happy that the Lions keep wining and beating the Redskins Matt Stafford 4-0 VS the Skins he owns them and likes that just like the Redskins like that LOL.