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Sunday Overnights: Patriots Victory over the Falcons Leads NBC to Victory

ABC and Fox Sorely Lacking

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017

What follows are the metered market household results by half-hour for Sunday, October 22, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 9.8/16, CBS: 7.7/13, ABC: 2.1/ 3, Fox: 1.9/ 3

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Opening Sunday (9/25/16):
NBC: +13, ABC: – 9, CBS and Fox: -10 each

Ratings Breakdown:
If it is Sunday in fourth quarter it is victory for NBC, with the 23 to 7 win for the Patriots over the Falcons on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” at an estimated 12.6 rating/21 share in the household overnights from 8:30-11:15 p.m. ET.

CBS, which did not begin its regularly scheduled Sunday night line-up until 7:36 p.m. ET, ranked a comfortable second overall with its combination of “60 Minutes” (#1: 10.3/17), recent drama entry “Wisdom of the Crowd” (5.7/ 9), “NCIS: Los Angeles” 5.6/ 9) and “Madam Secretary” (4.5/ 9). My crystal balls tells me “Wisdom of the Crowd” is about to get a full season episode order. And my programming instinct tells me CBS should consider shifting “Madam Secretary” to Monday at 9 p.m. ET to fix the current waning two-hour sitcom block.

Elsewhere, the results were minimal on this fourth Sunday of the new TV season. ABC’s sophomore “The Toy Box” (#4: 1.5/ 2 at 7 p.m.) opened 44 percent below “America’s Funniest Home Videos” on the year-ago evening (2.7/ 4 on 10/24/16), which led into a 2.6/ 4 (#3) for relocated “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 8 p.m. Relocated “Shank Tank,” which I predict will be back on Friday nights in midseason, dipped to a season low 2.8/ 4 (#3) at 9 p.m., and that led into a series-low 1.5/ 3 (#3) for freshman “Ten Days in the Valley” at 10 p.m. Thankfully, ABC only only has 10 episodes of “Ten Days in the Valley.”

Fox, meanwhile, could not compete with its combination of a repeat of “The Mick” (#3: 2.6/ 5 at 7 p.m.), and original installments of “Bob’s Burgers” (#3: 1.8/ 3), “The Simpsons” (#4: 2.3/ 4), recent entry “Ghosted” (#4: 1.8/ 3), “Family Guy” (#4: 1.7/ 3) and “The Last Man on Earth” (#4: 1.3/ 2) from 7:30-10 p.m. ET.

What follows are the household overnight results for Sunday, October 22:

7:00 p.m.
ABC – “The Toy Box”: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
CBS – NFL Football: 13.6/24 (#1)
NBC – Football Night in America, part 1: 2.0/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “The Mick” (R): 2.6/ 5 (#2)

7:30 p.m.
ABC – “The Toy Box”: 1.4/ 2 (#4)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 10.6/18 (#1)
NBC – Football Night in America, part 2: 4.9/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “Bob’s Burgers”: 1.8/ 3 (#3)

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos”: 2.4/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 10.1/16 (#1)
NBC – Football Night in America, part 3: 7.6/13 (#2)
Fox – “The Simpsons”: 2.3/ 4 (#4)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “America’s Funniest Home Videos”: 2.8/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Wisdom of the Crowd”: 6.3/10 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (New York Giants at Denver Broncos): 12.7/20 (#1)
Fox – “Ghosted” : 1.8/ 3 (#4)

9:00 p.m.`
ABC – “Shark Tank”: 2.8/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “Wisdom of the Crowd”: 5.1/ 8 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Atlanta Falcons at New England Patriots): 13.9/22 (#1)
Fox – “Family Guy”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “Shark Tank”: 2.9/ 4 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 5.5/ 9 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (New York Giants at Denver Broncos): 13.8/22 (#1)
Fox – “Last Man on Earth”: 1.3/ 2 (#4)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “Ten Days in the Valley”: 1.6/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 5.8/10 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (New York Giants at Denver Broncos): 12.1/20 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “Ten Days in the Valley”: 1.5/ 3 (#3)
CBS – “Madam Secretary”: 4.7/ 9 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (New York Giants at Denver Broncos): 11.5/20 (#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. Gosh. I haven’t seen it, but those TDITV numbers are alarming. How I long for ABC Sunday nights that included Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, DH and Brothers & Sisters…

  2. Didn’t Eva Longoria just try to reboot “Magnum, p.i.” with his daughter as the new Magnum last year? This is getting beyond ridiculous!

    • Indeed it is. The networks just won’t look at the ratings and see how audiences reject remakes… 🙁

      The only good thing that could come out of it is a remastered Blu-Ray set… 🙂