Primetime Ratings: Football Stays Strong for NBC

Sunday Night Football paced NBC to a big win on the night, the network doing a 6.3 in adults 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 20 share.

CBS scored a 2.1/7, ABC a 1.1/4 and Fox a 0.6/2.

SNF’s pre-game tallied a 3.8 before the game, Dallas Cowboys versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which did a 7.0, down 9% from last week.

CBS had 60 Minutes at 2.8, obliterating last week’s 1.1, then NCIS: Los Angeles was flat at 1.4. Madam Secretary skyrocketed 57% to 1.1 while Elementary shot up 60% to 0.8, both benefiting from their regular lead-in after last week's Dick Van Dyke special.

ABC’s annual broadcast of The Sound of Music, about the unlikely romance between a flighty governess and an uptight widower with many, many musically gifted children, did a 1.1, up 10% from last year.

Fox’s Breakthrough Prize scored a 0.7 before repeated comedies.  

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.