Ratings: NBC’s ‘Dateline’ Tops on Very Quiet Sunday for the Broadcast Networks

Golan the Insatiable
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Sundays will get more interesting in June with the likes of the NBA Finals, the Tonys, some new ABC series and the return of “Big Brother,” but the night exited May with a whimper. NBC’s “Dateline” and “A.D. The Bible Continues” were the night’s top original broadcast series among young adults, and Fox’s primetime debut of former latenight comedy “Golan the Insatiable” produced modest results.

NBC’s “Dateline” averaged a 1.0 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers overall) from 7 to 9 p.m., according to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, making it the night’s No. 1 broadcast program on the night in 18-49. This matches the show’s highest rating for a Sunday edition since April 26, and it’s the largest overall viewership since Jan. 25. From 9 to 11 p.m., both “A.D. The Bible Continues” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) and “American Odyssey” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall) grew from their Memorial Day weekend scores of last week.

Fox aired encores of “Bob’s Burgers” at both 7 (0.4/2 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall) and 7:30 (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall), “The Simpsons” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall), “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall) and “Family Guy” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall). Closing out the night was the premiere of “Golan The Insatiable” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall), which had been launched as part of Fox’s latenight Animation Domination HD block about 18 months ago. “Golan” retained about 70% of the “Family Guy” repeat in most categories, and held all of the veteran’s teen 12-17 audience (0.5 rating).

ABC, whose Sunday will be occupied by the NBA Finals the next two weeks (barring a four-game series), opened with an encore “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and a repeat of the “Dancing With the Stars: 10th Anniversary” special that aired May 19 on the network; Sunday night was closer to the actual 10-year anniversary, as the show was launched on June 1, 2005 — a Wednesday. The Alphabet filled the rest of the night with special repeats of its Wednesday comedies “The Middle” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall), “The Goldbergs” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall), “Modern Family” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall) and “Black-ish” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall).

CBS went with “60 Minutes” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) and repeats of “Madam Secretary” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 5.4 million viewers overall), “The Good Wife” (0.4/1 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) and “CSI” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall). “60 Minutes” drew the night’s largest overall audience.

Of note earlier in the weekend was a good return for ABC’s “What Would You Do” (1.2/5 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall), which built on its demo lead-in from a repeat “Shark Tank” (0.9/4 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall).

And on Saturday, NBC’s coverage of Game 7 of hockey’s Western Conference Finals averaged a 3.27 rating 6/share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights — the highest ever for a non-Stanley Cup Final telecast on the Peacock since current coverage began in 2004. The Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49/10 share in Nielsen’s 25 LPM markets, nearly doubling the combined ratings of ABC, CBS and Fox (2.4 vs. 1.3).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for Sunday night: NBC, 0.9/3; ABC, 0.7/2; CBS, Fox and Univision, 0.6/2; Telemundo, 0.5/2.

In total viewers: CBS, 5.4 millionl NBC, 5.0 million; ABC, 3.6 million; Fox, 1.6 million; Univision and Telemundo, 1.5 million.

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