Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers rolled the Baltimore Ravens 43-23 last night on Sunday Night Football, and NBC and the NFL didn’t do badly either. With no World Series competition, the battle between old rivals delivered a 6.1/16 preliminary rating with 17.02 million watching from 8:15-11:30 PM ET. With just a 5% dip, that’s pretty steady with the fast nationals of last week’s New Orleans Saints-Green Bay Packers game that had almost the same score. NBC won the night with a 4.9/13 rating among adults 18-49 and 13.804 million viewers.
Of course, as always in live events, SNF‘s numbers will change when final nationals come in. Last week’s game went from a 6.4/17 to a 7.1/19 in final results. But for now, comparing metered markets results week to week, last night’s 11.9/19 is steady with last week with just a 4% rise — by the way, that’s also the same percentage increase over the comparable Week 9 game last year.
With the World Series and its tepid ratings now over, Fox was back to its animation and comedy Sunday mix. Not that it was much of parade: After an NFL overrun and a The Simpsons repeat at 7 PM, only Bob’s Burgers (1.5/4) saw a rise, by 7% over its last original. Otherwise, it was double digits downward for a new Simpsons (2.0/5), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.6/4) and struggling freshman Mulaney (0.7/9). The veteran animated series was down 44% from its last original while the comedies slide 36% and 30%, respectively. Granted this is a fast national, but the result for Mulaney is a series low for a show slipping steadily.
Elsewhere on TV on the day we all turned back the clocks, there was more football with CBS’ schedule pushed back as usual in the Eastern and Central time zones. Almost exactly like last week, the overrun of the much-anticipated Denver Broncos-New England Patriots game (a blowout Patriots win) moved the network’s primetime start to 8:03 PM ET. Everything will shake out later, but as it stands, with a couple minutes of NFL overrun, 60 Minutes (3.3/8) was up 43% over its October 26 episode. In fast nationals, Madam Secretary (1.8/4) was up 20% from last week to hit its best adults 18-49 and viewership (12.80 million) since its September 21 premiere. Coming on at 10 PM and facing heavy cable competition, the trend was in the other direction for The Good Wife (1.3/4), which was down 13% from last week. Like last week, CSI was preempted.
ABC was the only network not to have any sports on last night in primetime. With that, they had a full lineup of rises starting with America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.2/3) up 7% from its October 26 show. Dramas Once Upon A Time (2.5/6) and Resurrection (1.4/3) rose 4% and a strong 17%, respectively. Ending the night for ABC, Revenge (1.2/3) bopped up 9%.