TV Ratings: ‘Simpsons’ Rises With ‘Treehouse of Horror’

The Simpsons” was up in the Sunday overnight ratings thanks to the airing of the annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episode.

According to Nielsen data, “The Simpsons” averaged a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers, airing at 8 p.m. That is an improvement of over 20 percent in both key ratings measures compared to last week, making it the best non-football boosted episode of the season.

Earlier on Fox, a new episode of “Bob’s Burgers” (1.3, 3 million) was also up in both measures. Later, “Ghosted” (1.1, 2.7 million) improved slightly in both measures. “Family Guy” (1.2, 2.6 million) and “Last Man on Earth” (0.8, 2 million) were even.

“Sunday Night Football” was easily the top broadcast of the night on NBC. The matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots is currently averaging a 5.6 and 16.7 million viewers, though due to the nature of live sports, those numbers could face greater adjustment later today. In metered market households, the game averaged a 12.6 rating/21 share, which is the highest rating for any primetime NFL game since Week 1 of the football season. That is also up 9 percent versus the comparable game last year.

CBS’ primetime schedule started late due to NFL football overrun, thus its overnight ratings are subject to greater adjustment later today. As it currently stands, “60 Minutes” (2.5, 14 million) is even, as is “Wisdom of the Crowd” (1.1, 8 million). “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.0, 7.9 million was down slightly, while “Madam Secretary” (0.9, 6.7 million) was up in the demo.

On ABC, “Toy Box” (0.4, 2.3 million) and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (0.9, 4.6 million) were even. “Shark Tank” (0.9, 4.2 million) was down in the demo. “Ten Days in the Valley” (0.4, 2.3 million) was down in total viewers.

NBC is currently  winning the night with a 5.0 and 15.1 million total viewers. CBS was second with a 1.8 and 10.5 million. Fox was third in the demo with a 1.2 but fourth in total viewers with 2.9 million. ABC was fourth in the demo with a 0.7 but third in total viewers with 3.3 million.

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