It was a good night for Sunday Night Football (7.0/19) and a very good night for Peyton Manning. With his 509th touchdown pass, the Denver Bronco’s quarterback broke the NFL’s record last night. That little bit of history and the Broncos’ 42-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers helped NBC get up from the tackle of last week – to the tune of 6% in preliminary ratings. That’s comparing this week’s fast nationals to the October 12 final numbers. If you compare fast nationals to fast nationals, last night’s SNF rose a strong 17%. While SNF lost among adults 18-49 to the Season 5 debut of The Walking Dead at 10 PM last Sunday, right now the bouncing back gridiron puts NBC on top the Big 4 ratings and viewership mountain with a 5.9/16 and an audience of 17.41 million. Live sports being live, expect adjustments in SNF ratings later today.
Of course, there was a lot of other football on TV last night as well with overruns from games on CBS and Fox into slipping primetime too.
As usual, those overruns left CBS’ prime a bit of a mess with everything pushed 14 minutes in East Coast and some Central markets due to the network’s coverage NFL coverage. As it stands right now the fast nationals are 60 Minutes (1.2/4), Madam Secretary (1.4/4), Good Wife (1.4/4) and CSI (1.4/4). The news mag show was down 8% from its October 12 show, Good Wife was up 8% and the others were even with last week.
On Fox, the schedule was a bit more stable and the ratings’ news better once you got pass the NY Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys’ match-up, which ended at 7:30 PM ET. The Simpsons (3.5/10) got a small NFL bounce to rise 6% among the key demo. Coming off a surge last week, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.5/7) went up 14% from its October 12 show with last night’s Halloween themed show. The first new Family Guy in two weeks shot up 32% from that show among the 18-49s. That strong strong showing was undoubtedly a big help to newbie comedy Mulaney (1.1/3), which remained even with its October 12 broadcast.
The only network with no football last night, ABC had a pretty steady week with football and The Walking Dead considered. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.1/3) started the night for the net dipping 8% from its Season 25 debut. Week 4 of the current season of Once Upon A Time (2.7/7) remained even with last week, which was a double-digit drop from the week before. Resurrection (1.4/3) slipped 7% for a series low in preliminary ratings. On at the same time as AMC had The Walking Dead, Revenge (1.3/4) ended the night for ABC with a small rise of 8% over last week. It should be noted that both OUAT and Resurrection saw upward adjustments last week when the final numbers came in so perhaps we could see a repeat this week.