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Ratings: ABC’s ‘The Family’ Weak in Timeslot Premiere Sunday

ABC’s revamped Sunday drama lineup rolled to out to soft numbers last night, with newcomer “The Family” looking especially shaky between “Once Upon a Time” and “Quantico,” which were back after three-month breaks. A bright spot on an overall lackluster night for broadcast television, meanwhile, was the newsmagazine genre, as CBS won the opening hour of primetime with “60 Minutes,” while NBC was the broadcast demo leader later with “Dateline.”

Among the programs that bit into ratings for the broadcast programs Sunday were the series finale of “Downton Abbey” on PBS and a Democratic debate on CNN. And of course, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was again expected to out-rate everything on the night.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, ABC followed a repeat of the fall finale of “Once Upon a Time” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) with the show’s midseason premiere (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), which matched its last two 2015 results as its lowest score to date. It was followed by the regular-slot debut of “The Family” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers overall), which was down by nearly half from its so-so launch behind “Grey’s Anatomy” last Thursday (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.70 million) and matched the timeslot bow last fall for rookie “Blood and Oil.”

Closing the night for ABC, “Quantico” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) returned to its low, down 0.2 from its fall finale. On the bright side, it did build by nearly 40% on its lead-in and finished ahead of competing CBS drama “CSI: Cyber” in 18-49.

Elsewhere, Fox looked a little healthier on the night with the return of “The Last Man on Earth” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall), which retained 85% of its demo lead-in from “Family Guy” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) — a big improvement over “Bordertown” last week (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million). “Bordertown” moved to a new timeslot of 7 p.m., though its numbers last night (1.5/6 in 18-49, 5.6 million) were significantly impacted by a NASCAR overrun. It was followed by “Bob’s Burgers” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 2.6 million viewers overall), “The Simpsons” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall) and “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall).

CBS opened as usual with “60 Minutes” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 11.3 million viewers overall), which shot up 18% (0.2) week to week and won its timeslot in adults 25-54 (2.1/6) and was the night’s most-watched broadcast overall. “Madam Secretary” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 10.1 million viewers overall) held steady, but “The Good Wife” (0.9/2 in 18-49, 7.2 million viewers overall) and “CSI: Cyber” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) each lost a tenth.

At NBC, a two-hour repeat of “The Voice” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) was followed by a two-hour “Dateline” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.9 million viewers overall), which is on track to stand as Sunday’s No. 1 broadcast program among adults 18-49; this would also be the program’s top number for any night since November 2014. The net’s new Sunday lineup kicks off next week with the debut of Steve Harvey-hosted reality show “Little Big Shots” and the return of comedy “The Carmichaels.”

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