There was neither a Super Bowl nor a Grease Live! dominating primetime Sunday, and the Grammys aren’t until tonight. In fact, with specials galore plus the midseason return of The Walking Dead over on AMC, it was a pretty slow evening on the Big 4 on Valentine’s Day. Among adults 18-49, NBC took the top spot with a 1.2/4 rating, while CBS was No. 1 in viewers with 8.61 million.
The top show Sunday was fittingly the lovingly compiled best-of The Tonight Show Valentine’s Day Special (1.5/5) from 9-11 PM. The Comcast-owned net stayed on message and preceded the special with an encore of last year’s An SNL Valentine (0.9/3) and a Dateline (0.9/3) that was up 200% from last week’s show that faced Super Bowl 50.
Back for the first time since January 31, Madam Secretary (1.2/4) bopped up 9% among the 18-49s, while the soon-to-end The Good Wife (1.0/3) was even with its last airing. Bookending the night, 60 Minutes (1.2/5) was up a tenth, while CSI: Cyber slipped 10% in the demo.
In its first set of originals since January 17, Fox’s comedy block saw The Simpsons (1.3/4) down 28% in the demo from its previous original to hit a Season 27 low. Bob’s Burgers (1.0/4) was even with its last original, while newbie Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life (0.7/2) took a 42% fall. Family Guy (1.2/4) declined 29% to match a season low as Bordertown (0.7/2) dropped 42%.
ABC had a Valentine’s Day special of its own with The Bachelor At 20: A Celebration Of Love (1.0/3) – though the love-in obviously was soft in the ratings. Before the 8-10 PM special, the net had its first original America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.2/5) since January 17. The long-running clip show actually had a rise of 50% from its last show. A special and also soft Castle (0.8/3) ended ABC’s night.