TV Ratings: Raiders Beat Broncos for NBC Win, ‘Sunday Night Football’ Continues to Dip

On Sunday night, the Denver Broncos fell to the Oakland Raiders, getting knocked off their perch atop the AFC West, and “Sunday Night Football” preliminary ratings took a dip from the previous week, though it was still more than enough to win the night for NBC. The Peacock garnered a 5.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for the game from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and a total audience of 15.85 million. That was a few tenths off the early numbers for last week’s Eagles-Cowboys showdown, which aired against Game 5 of the World Series.

CBS’ lineup was delayed 50 minutes on the East Coast and in the Central time zone, putting a bit of a monkey wrench in their early numbers. “60 Minutes” drew a 2.1 in the demo and 12.98 million total viewers. “NCIS: LA” weighed in with a 1.3 and 9.71 million. “Madam Secretary” reeled a 0.9 and 7.02 million viewers. Only half an hour of “Elementary” was available: From 11 – 11:30 p.m., it averaged a 0.6 in the demo and 4.49 million viewers.

ABC had its usual Sunday lineup. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” clocked in with a 1.0 in the demo and 5.69 million viewers. “Once Upon a Time” came in with a 1.1 demo rating and 3.53 million viewers. “Secrets and Lies” equaled its low last week against the NFL and World Series with a 0.6 in the demo and 2.82 million viewers. “Quantico” came in with a similarly low 0.6 and 2.2 million viewers.

On Fox, a new “Bob’s Burgers” pulled in a 1.0 and 2.38 million. “The Simpsons,” just renewed for a record-breaking two more seasons, drew a 1.4 and 3.17 million viewers. “Son of Zorn” brought a 0.9 and 2.06 million. “Family Guy” generated a 1.2 and 2.58 million. And “The Last Man on Earth” came in with a 0.9 and 2.16 million viewers.

As a reminder, many of these series will see ratings gains of 50% or more once viewing within three or seven days is tallied. However, most of those gains won’t translate to the ratings guarantees networks make advertisers.

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On CBS, “MacGyver” came in with a 1.1 in the demo and 7.6 million viewers on the whole. “Hawaii Five-0” ticked in with a 1.2 and 9.38 million viewers. “Blue Bloods” finished out the night with a 1.1 and 9.61 million viewers.

On ABC, “Last Man Standing” drew a 1.1 in the demo as well, and 6.2 million viewers. “Dr. Ken” followed with a 0.8 and 4.18 million viewers. “Shark Tank” held with a 1.1 and 5.2 million viewers. “20/20” capped things off with a 0.8 and 3.76 million viewers.

On Fox, “Hell’s Kitchen” came in with a 1.1 in the demo and 3.36 million viewers. “The Exorcist” drew a 0.7 and 1.93 million viewers.

NBC’s “Caught on Camera” drew a 0.6 in the demo and 2.74 million viewers. “Dateline” built on that for the rest of the night with a 1.0 and 4.77 million viewers.

“Vampire Diaries” on The CW pulled in a 0.4 in the demo and 990,000 viewers. Its lead-out, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” drew a 0.2 and 560,000 viewers.


The SEC on CBS drew a sizable college football audience with first-ranked Alabama taking on LSU, pulling in a 2.9 rating in the demo and 9.83 million viewers. Ohio State’s flaying of Nebraska on ABC drew a 1.4 demo rating and 5.07 million viewers.

NBC aired the Breeder’s Cup at 8 p.m., which pulled a 0.3 in the demo and 2.1 million total viewers. Later that evening, a new “SNL” with host Benedict Cumberbatch and musical guest Solange drew a 5.8 household rating and a 2.8 in the 18-49 demo in metered market overnight results, its second-best of the season.

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