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Sunday Overnights: 2019 Emmy Awards Tumble to an Historical Low

Sunday Night Football Leads NBC to Solid Victory

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Household Ratings/Share
NBC: 9.8/17, CBS: 5.8/10, Fox: 5.3/ 9, ABC: 2.4/ 4, CW: 0.4/ 1

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +194, CBS: +149, NBC: +26, ABC: -35

Ratings Breakdown:
Given the outlet this year, Fox, there was every reason to expect year-to-year erosion for the “Primetime Emmy Awards” versus NBC in 2018. But a 5.8 rating/10 share in households from 8-11 p.m., which was 26 percent below the 7.8/13 for the year-ago telecast, could be a record low for the annual live telecast. One reason for the erosion is the lack of wins for the broadcast networks, with only two last night (both for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”). For more, click here

Tops for the night was the Lois Angeles Rams at the Cleveland Browns on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” at an estimated 12.6/23 in primetime. Football also gave CBS a boost, with its primetime schedule beginning at 7:47 p.m. ET on the East Coast.

Elsewhere, ABC featured the season finale installments of game shows “The $100,000 Pyramid” (#4: 2.5/ 4 at 9 p.m.) and “To Tell the Truth” (#3: 2.0/ 4 at 10 p.m.), which were both negatively impacted by the heavy competition. And The CW was in repeats as follows:

7:00 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (R): 2.3/ 4 (#3)
CBS – NFL overrun: 13.9/26 (#1)
NBC – Football Night in America (part 1): 1.5/ 3 (#4)
Fox –Live Emmy Red Carpet Arrivals: 5.1/10 (#2)

7:30 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (R): 2.7/ 5 (#4)
CBS – NFL / “60 Minutes” (R): 10.1/18 (#1)
NBC – Football Night in America (part 2): 3.9/ 7 (#3)
Fox –Live Emmy Red Carpet Arrivals: 3.4/ 6 (#3)

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Celebrity Family Feud”: 2.7/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “60 Minutes” (R): 7.4/13 (#2)
NBC – Football Night in America (part 3): 10.2/18 (#1)
Fox – “The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards”: 5.7/10 (#3)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (R): 0.4/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Celebrity Family Feud”: 2.7/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “60 Minutes” (R) / “Big Brother”: 5.1/ 8 (#3)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns): 12.0/21 (#1)
Fox – “The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards”: 5.7/10 (#2)
CW – “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The $100,000 Pyramid” (season finale): 2.5/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother”: 3.5/ 6 (#3)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns): 13.3/23 (#1)
Fox – “The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards”: 5.9/10 (#2)
CW – “Masters of Illusion” (R): 0.4/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The $100,000 Pyramid” (season finale): 2.4/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “Big Brother” / “NCIS: Los Angeles” (R): 2.7/ 4 (#3)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns): 12.8/22 (#1)
Fox – “The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards”: 5.8/10 (#2)
CW – “Masters of Illusion” (R): 0.3/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “To Tell the Truth” (season finale): 2.0/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “NCIS: New Orleans” (R) / Madam Secretary”: 2.3/ 4 (#3)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns): 13.3/24 (#1)
Fox – “The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards”: 5.7/10 (#2)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “To Tell the Truth” (season finale): 2.0/ 4 (#3t)
CBS – “Madam Secretary”: 2.0/ 4 (#3t)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns): 12.7/24 (#1)
Fox – “The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards”: 5.6/10 (#2)

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