“60 Minutes,” following the highest-rated CBS doubleheader game of the NFL season, surged to some of its best numbers of recent years Sunday with a telecast that included coverage of the Paris terrorist attacks.
Preliminary numbers are subject to change due to a football overrun that extended until nearly 8 p.m. ET, but “60 Minutes” averaged roughly a 3.2 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 16.9 million viewers overall during the 8 o’clock hour to stand as the night’s top-rated non-sports telecast. The previous high for the long-running newsmagazine came earlier this season with a 2.9 in the demo and about 15.4 million total viewers. The Eye closed the night with “Madam Secretary” (roughly 1.4/4 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall for the 9 p.m. hour) and “The Good Wife” (roughly 1.1/3 in 18-49, 8.0 million viewers overall for the 10 p.m. hour.
Leading into “60 Minutes,” CBS Sports averaged huge 18.3 household rating/32 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights for its NFL doubleheader game (mostly the New England Patriots vs. the New York Giants, but also including Kansas City at Denver). The Patriots’ 27-26 victory notched the No. 2 overnight rating for an NFL game this season, behind only the 19.5 that Fox did in October for its national telecast of the Seattle Seahawks’ 13-12 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Final ratings will be released later this week, but the game soared above the 30-million viewer mark for its final half-hour, which logged a 22.9/36 in the overnights.
Elsewhere, NBC led primetime with its “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, a high-scoring and penalty-filled contest that lasted nearly four hours. In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, the Cardinals’ victory pulled a 12.6 household rating/21 share — the lowest “SNF” of the football season but up 14% from the comparable game of a year ago (11.1/18 for Chicago-Green Bay). Last night’s game averaged a 6.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 17.7 million viewers on the NBC stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise by as much as 15% in the nationals.
At ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall) was held down due to the late-running football, and was followed by a two-hour “Once Upon a Time” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall), which matched last week’s score and helped the network roughly double its delivery in the 9 o’clock hour, where “Blood & Oil” has been averaging a 0.8 of late. Also steady week to week, and unable to rise with a stronger lead-in, was “Quantico” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall).
Fox’s night opened with a “Bob’s Burgers” original (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.3 million viewers overall) and a repeat of “The Simpsons” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall). Despite that softer number at 8 p.m., though, and perhaps due to lighter-than-usual “Sunday Night Football” competition, the net was up from last week with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall), “Family Guy” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall) and “The Last Man on Earth” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 2.8 million viewers overall).
Ratings for cable will be available later today or on Tuesday, but AMC’s “Into the Badlands” averaged a 3.5 overnight household rating in the 10 p.m. hour, retaining half the overnight rating of “The Walking Dead” (7.0).