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.