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Diluted ‘ACM Awards’ Leads CBS to Sunday Victory

'Little Big Shows' Holding Up Well on NBC

What follows are the fast affiliate results for Sunday, April 3 broken out by network and by each half-hour. Keep in mind that these ratings are time period based.

-Total Viewers:

CBS: 10.73 million, NBC: 6.16, ABC: 3.88, Fox: 1.76

-Adults 18-49:
CBS: 2.0 rating/6 share, NBC: 1.1/ 4, ABC: 1.0/ 3, Fox: 0.8/ 3


7:00 p.m.

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 4.53 million (#3), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#2)

CBS – 60 Minutes
Viewers: 9.04 million (#1), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#1)

NBC – Little Big Shots (R)
Viewers: 5.07 million (#2), A18-49: 0.7/ 3 (#3)

Fox – Bordertown
Viewers: 1.01 million (#4), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#4)


7:30 p.m.

ABC – America’s Funniest Home Videos
Viewers: 5.26 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CBS – 60 Minutes
Viewers: 9.97 million (#1), A18-49: 1.2/ 4 (#1)

NBC – Little Big Shots (R)
Viewers: 5.82 million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 3 (#3)

Fox – Cooper Barrett Survives the Universe
Viewers: 989,000 (#4), A18-49: 0.4/ 2 (#4)


8:00 p.m.

ABC – Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.90 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 4 (#3)

CBS – ACM Awards
Viewers: 10.63 million (#2), A18-49: 1.9/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Little Big Shots
Viewers: 10.68 million (#1), A18-49: 1.7/ 6 (#2)

Fox – The Simpsons
Viewers: 2.33 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 4 (#4)


8:30 p.m.

ABC – Once Upon a Time
Viewers: 3.66 million (#3), A18-49: 1.1/ 3 (#3)

CBS – ACM Awards
Viewers: 10.73 million (#2), A18-49: 2.2/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Little Big Shots
Viewers: 11.54 million (#1), A18-49: 1.9/ 6 (#2)

Fox – Bob’s Burgers
Viewers: 2.33 million (#4), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#4)


9:00 p.m.

ABC – The Family
Viewers: 3.08 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

CBS – ACM Awards
Viewers: 11.75 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Law & Order: SVU (R)
Viewers: 5.03 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2)

Fox – Family Guy
Viewers: 2.04 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)


9:30 p.m.

ABC – The Family
Viewers: 3.27 million (#3), A18-49: 0.7/ 2 (#4)

CBS – ACM Awards
Viewers: 11.79 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Crowded
Viewers: 5.03 million (#2), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#3)

Fox – Last Man on Earth
Viewers: 2.04 million (#4), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2)


10:00 p.m.

ABC – Quantico
Viewers: 3.70 million (#2), A18-49: 1.0/ 3 (#2)

CBS – ACM Awards
Viewers: 11.26 million (#1), A18-49: 2.4/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Dateline
Viewers: 3.53 million (#3), A18-49: 0.8/ 2 (#3)


10:30 p.m.

ABC – Quantico
Viewers: 3.62 million (#3), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2t)

CBS – ACM Awards
Viewers: 10.92 million (#1), A18-49: 2.3/ 7 (#1)

NBC – Dateline
Viewers: 3.97 million (#2), A18-49: 0.9/ 3 (#2t)

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 ( 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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    Once Upon a Time (8-9pm – 3.8 million and 1.1/4 in AD18-49):

    At 8pm, ABC’s Once Upon a Time was up week to week in Total Viewers (+9% – 3.8 million vs. 3.5 million) and Adults 18-49 (+10% – 1.1/4 vs. 1.0/3), drawing its biggest audience in 3 weeks – since 3/13/16. Once Upon a Time was Sunday’s #1 scripted broadcast program in Adults 18-49.

    · Live + 3 Day Ratings for Last Sunday: Once Upon a Time spiked by an all-time best +70% in L+3 Adults 18-49 (from a 1.0 in L+SD to a 1.7 L3) and grew over the prior week by 1-tenth of a rating point after being down by 1-tenth in L+SD.

    The Family (9-10pm – 3.2 million and 0.7/2 in AD18-49):

    At 9pm, ABC’s The Family surged 23% week to week in Total Viewers (3.2 million vs. 2.6 million) and gained 17% with Adults 18-49(0.7/2 vs. 0.6/2), delivering its 2nd-largest audience on the night.

    · Live + 3 Day Ratings for Last Sunday: The Family also delivered its biggest L+3 lift yet in Adults 18-49, starting at a +63% increase on its first 2 Sunday telecasts to +71% the following week and then up to +83% for last Sunday’s telecast (from a 0.6 rating in L+SD to a 1.1 in L+3).

    Quantico (10-11pm – 3.7 million and 1.0/3 in AD18-49):

    Jumping over its lead-in at 10pm, ABC’s Quantico built on the prior week by 9% in Total Viewers (3.7 million vs. 3.4 million) and11% in Adults 18-49 (1.0/3 vs. 0.9/3), earning its most watched telecast in 3 weeks – since 3/13/16.

    · Live + 3 Day Ratings for Last Sunday: ABC’s Quantico nearly doubled its L+SD Adult 18-49 rating for the 2nd straight week, spiking +89% after 3 days of TV playback (0.9 to a 1.7 rating).

  2. Those Fox numbers are horrific.
    LBS did not bounce back from its Easter slump as much as I thought it would.

    • Most people who thought the Easter slump would help LBS this week were wrong because they didn’t take into account the heavy competition it would have to go against the two award shows and sports programming like Wrestlemania and MLB Opening Night on ESPN. I pointed out last week that LBS’ big rebound week would be next week as this is the first week since its premiere week on the 13th that it would have its easiest competition in that slot since that week.

      • I had no idea if it’d bounce back or not, but it looks more and more like a great launch followed by a long slide.

        If it were a hit, it wouldn’t need less competition after a few weeks, especially given the network programming it’s going against isn’t all that strong.

        But we’ll have to see. At least it’s not an obvious DOA show, which makes it interesting. 🙂

  3. I’m sure The Walking Dead finale was huge last night.
    With ABC announcing their season finale dates, where is Uncle Buck? Summer?

  4. No surprise the ACMs are down versus last year it seemed like last year was a bigger show with it being at AT&T Stadium down in Dallas plus there was competition from iHeart on the Turner networks and Walking Dead controversial season finale this year. CBS needs to keep the ACMs later in the month or move them back to May Sweeps.

    Very surprised Little Big Shots kept up with ACM by beating it during that hour. LBS didn’t do monster numbers like The Voice in the demo so the show might be more in the neighborhood of AGT like I originally thought it would but its still huge especially that viewership like I said before getting over 10 million viewers these days is not easy so kudos to the shows these days that can achieve that number. I think people also didn’t take into account with the whole Easter thing that this week provided its biggest competition of the season so next week is the week where I think it bounces back up over the 2s.

    Also to note Chicago Med actually tied it this week.

    FOX’s lineup did some real shitty numbers and so did ABC. Both networks need a complete reboot on their schedules. FOX needs to use Sundays as their premier night of the week especially since they have football in the fall to boost it. I would go with shows that people actually would want to see and make a big move and move The Simpsons and Family Guy over to Tuesdays. Bob’s Burgers and Last Loser on Earth was such bad renewals both shows deserve their ratings.

  5. NBC comedies did a great job of stabilizing with last week’s numbers especially with the competition they had to run against last night in their slot so they both did better than I thought they would I thought Carmichael could easily go fractional this week and Crowded hit 0.7 but it didn’t so with the lack competition next week I think both comedies could go up next week. LBS hasn’t been as big of a lead-in for both shows as it was the first two weeks either so if LBS can go back up next week both shows might be up and Crowded might get out of fractional territory. Crowded surprisingly hasn’t sunk as much as a new comedy should its had the same viewership the last three weeks in that slot so the show has found a steady audience.

    I think NBC should bring Crowded back as a backup option next season and as filler. NBC should make a decision to renew either Crowded or Undateable because even though they will order a lot of new comedies next season they still need to learn how to grow their multi-cams the right way and start sticking with some of them, they’ve been burning through that format since Whitney debut in 2011 and eventually you’ve got to stick with one at some point and grow it.

    I’m going to go out on a limb right now and say that Carmichael is easily the best comedy on TV right now in my opinion. I didn’t think much of Carmichael during the summer last year until I started really getting into it this season, they got a lot of controversy on this show and hot topics that almost every American can relate to. If there’s a comedy that should hit it really big and we need a new one after Big Bang Theory is done next year it’s Carmichael right now. All of this stuff people bring up on social media and in the news is easily what this show covers and it really needs to get discovered. So if you’re reading this and haven’t checked out Carmichael yet please do.

  6. I thought that award shows try not compete with each other although the awards shows are different one being country ACM’s and IHeart being Top 40. I watched IHeart since I’m not a big country music fan.

  7. I’m sure NBC is thrilled they finally found something to work on Sunday that isn’t Sunday night football.

    ABC needs to contemplate an end for Once Upon a Time. Horrific numbers and this show is not a lead off anymore and it hasn’t been long before now

    • Hate to say it, but I agree with you again. 🙂

      This time on OUAT.

      It did OK in its first season and lost its audience’s interest since.

  8. Somebody please explain to Channing Garvey that OUAT is dead and Quantico was never alive…

    Can’t believe Quantico is coming back after such a horrid season. It goes to show how relationships trumps everything in Hollywood.

    Speaking of which, how is Cooper Barrett still allowed to sink FOX’s Sundays?