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ABC Remains Out of the Competitive Loop on Sunday



Household Rating/Share
NBC: 7.0/11, Fox: 6.6/10, CBS: 6.2/10, ABC: 2.4/ 4

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +214, ABC: -23, NBC: -36, CBS: -38


Sunday Night Football (NBC)

-A Reliable Combination:
“60 Minutes” (CBS), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS), “Madam Secretary” (CBS)

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” (ABC), “Once Upon a Time” (ABC), “Son of Zorn” (Fox), “Secrets and Lies” (ABC), “Family Guy” (Fox), “The Last Man on Earth” (Fox), “Quantico” (ABC)


Ratings Breakdown:
It was not the highest rated match-up by any means, but the Indianapolis Colts at the Houston Texans on “Sunday Night Football” led NBC to more overnight victory. The game averaged an estimated 9.0 rating/15 share from 8:30-11 p.m., which compared to the New England Patriots at the Indianapolis Colts on the year-ago evening (14.6/23 on 10/18/15) was down by 38 percent. As a reminder, results for any live sporting evening are always approximate.

Fox also benefited by football, with a primetime football overrun in the 7 p.m. half-hour at a massive 16.3/28 in the household overnights, followed by the combination of football and “The OT” at an also dominant 12.6/21 at 7:30 p.m.

Fox granddaddy “The Simpsons” got a boost courtesy of football, with a 4.7/ 7 in the overnights at 8 p.m. But recent entry “Son of Zorn,” a hybrid of live action and animation, dipped to a 2.4/ 4 (#3) at 8:30 p.m., followed by “Family Guy” (#4: 2.3/ 4) and “The Last Man on Earth” (#4: 1.7/ 3) at typical depressed overnight levels from 9-10 p.m.

Older-skewing CBS has a respectable Sunday care of its combination of “60 Minutes” (#2: 7.7/13), relocated “NCIS: Los Angeles” (#2: 7.1/11) and “Madam Secretary” (#2: 6.2/10) from 7-10 p.m. But “Elementary,” which should be in its last season at this point, dipped to a 3.7/ 6 at 10 p.m. (#2).

There is nothing, unfortunately, positive to report about ABC which featured its deteriorating combination of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (#3: 2.7/ 5), “Once Upon a Time” (#4: 2.3/ 4), “Secrets and Lies” (#3: 2.4/ 4) and sophomore “Quantico” (#3: 2.3/ 4), which slipped by 38 percent from the 3.7/ 6 on the year-ago evening. The first step for ABC in rebuilding Sunday is recognizing that “Once Upon a Time” needs to conclude.

What follows are the household overnight results for Sunday, October 16 by half-hour:

7:00 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CBS – 60 Minutes: 7.1/12 (#2)
NBC – “Football Night in America,” part one: 1.5/ 3 (#4)
Fox – NFL Overrun: 16.3/28 (#1)

7:30 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – 60 Minutes: 8.3/13 (#2)
NBC – “Football Night in America,” part two: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
Fox – NFL Overrun/The OT”: 12.6/21 (#1)

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Once Upon a Time”: 2.3/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 7.3/11 (#1)
NBC – “Football Night in America, part three”: 6.1/10 (#2)
Fox – “The Simpsons”: 4.7/ 7 (#3)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Once Upon a Time”: 2.2/ 3 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 7.0/11 (#1)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans): 8.9/14 (#1)
Fox – “Son of Zorn”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “Secrets and Lies”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Madam Secretary”: 6.3/10 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans): 9.7/15 (#1)
Fox – “Family Guy”: 2.3/ 4 (#4)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Secrets and Lies”: 2.5/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Madam Secretary”: 6.1/10 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans): 9.4/15 (#1)
Fox – “The Last Man on Earth”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Elementary”: 3.9/ 6 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans): 8.7/14 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Quantico”: 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Elementary”: 3.5/ 6 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans): 9.0/15 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research


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  1. CBS would be wise to move Scorpion to Sunday at midseason. A lineup of NCIS LA/Scorpion/MS should do fairly well. Elementary can conclude its run in the summer as CBS will have sufficient episodes in the can to meet its syndication deal, and with NBC and ABC fumbling on Monday at 10:00, CBS can try one of their new dramas, Training Day or Doubt, to see if they can take back the timeslot,

  2. Quantico needs to move to Monday or Tuesday at 10. ABC needs to go with woman-centric shows on Sunday like Desperate Housewives & Brothers & Sisters of the past. Dare I say this, but maybe ABC should try The Bachelor on Sunday night. Seems like it’d be good (& cheap) counter-programming. Or maybe try out Game Show night – though ABC is known to burn through game shows…

    • With a top Indian model/actress in the lead role, Quantico isn’t woman-centric? Not saying the competition is any better or worse, but Quantico wouldn’t do much better Mon/Tuesday at 10, especially Tuesday with Chicago Fire.

      • Yes, a woman is the lead, but I don’t consider the type/tone of the show to be woman-centric. See my reply for what I consider woman-centric (well not the game shows). You are correct – that it may not do any better on Monday or Tuesday, but I don’t think it’d do worse than it’s doing on Sunday and if it does better than Conviction or Shield on M and T, it would be a win.

    • Quantico should have been canceled after the pilot.

      Keeping this dead weight alive in one of the many, many bad decisions Channing Dungey made immediately upon becoming in charge.

  3. Kudos to Marc for calling ABC’s epic Sunday failure for what it is (but doing it more nicely than me. 🙂 ).

    Just for fun, I’d like to point out again that all those shows were renewed in spite of having failed last year.

    A 100% self-inflicted disaster.

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