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[09/14/20 - 09:53 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Sunday Night Football" Sparks NBC to Victory
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (9/13/20):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

NBC (12.644 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) got a big boost on Sunday from the season premieres of "Football Night in America #1" (5.260 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (6.996 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.168 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.9, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.146 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1).

FOX (7.036 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) likewise got a bump from a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (14.744 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.5, #2) followed by "The Masked Singer: Special Season Four Sneak Peek" (4.680 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "The 2020 FOX Fall Preview" (2.052 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and a repeat "Family Guy" (1.316 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (3.930 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.712 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Big Brother 22" (4.379 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and a two-hour "Love Island" (1.815 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.634 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.380 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.845 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Press Your Luck" (2.303 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Match Game" (2.008 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

And finally, the season finale of "Fridge Wars" (0.310 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and a repeat of "Supernatural" (0.311 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.311 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+125.00% - 60 Minutes
+25.00% - Big Brother 22
+25.00% - Love Island
0.00% - Fridge Wars

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - Love Island (vs. NCIS: Los Angeles/NCIS: New Orleans (Repeats))
+7.69% - Football Night in America #1
0.00% - Fridge Wars (vs. Warigami)
-7.14% - The Masked Singer: Special Season Four Sneak Peek
-9.43% - Sunday Night Football
-12.50% - Football Night in America #2
-13.33% - Football Night in America #3
-16.67% - Big Brother 22
-18.18% - 60 Minutes
-25.00% - The 2020 FOX Fall Preview (vs. The Simpsons (Repeat))


Here are the highlights of the 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (9/15/19):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

NBC (13.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its NFL mix of "Football Night in America #1" (4.982 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (7.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (14.256 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.5, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.873 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1).

FOX (6.576 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (15.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2), "The OT" (10.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4) and "The Masked Singer: Super Sneak Peek" (4.581 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) plus repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.239 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.730 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Next up was CBS (4.676 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "60 Minutes" (7.778 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Big Brother 21" (4.865 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.019 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.043 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its mainstays of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.732 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.713 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.909 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.086 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

And finally, The CW (0.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its two-hour special "Warigami" (0.442 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+25.00% - To Tell the Truth
+20.00% - The $100,000 Pyramid
+7.14% - Football Night in America #3
0.00% - Big Brother 21
0.00% - Celebrity Family Feud (vs. 8/25/19)
-17.24% - Football Night in America #2
-19.70% - Sunday Night Football
-27.78% - Football Night in America #1

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+100.00% - The Masked Singer: Super Sneak Peek (vs. The Simpsons/Bob's Burgers (Repeats))
0.00% - To Tell the Truth
-6.25% - Football Night in America #3
-11.11% - Celebrity Family Feud
-14.29% - The $100,000 Pyramid
-14.52% - Sunday Night Football
-18.75% - Football Night in America #1
-22.58% - Football Night in America #2
-29.41% - Big Brother 21

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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