Sunday Night Football (6.3/16) wasn’t a close game last night, but it certainly wasn’t the St. Louis Rams’ stunning 52-0 shutout of the Oakland Raiders earlier in the day. Still, the Denver Broncos’ 29-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs did stumble for NBC and the NFL. With a blowout and the competition of the midseason finale of The Walking Dead, which has thrashed SNF four times so far this season, the NBC show was down 11% among adults 18-49 from the 7.1/18 of its November 23 game. That Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants matchup went up to an 8.1/22 in final nationals, so expect adjustments when further results come in.
To that end, while down a slight 5% from last week’s 14.0/22 metered market result, last night’s 13.2/20 was far from a season low for SNF. The bottom was hit on November 9 when the Green Bay Packers pummeled the Chicago Bears 55-14 and earned an 11.1/8. Last night’s metered market result is also up 9% from the comparable game last year, when the Giants beat the Washington Redskins by a touchdown. Overall, NBC won last night overall with a 5.9/15 rating and 16.93 million viewers.
Partially off last week for the American Music Awards, all of ABC’s Sunday primetime was back last night. It was not a pretty sight as everyone took a double-digit hit. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.1/3), which was on last week, was down 15%, while Once Upon A Time (2.0/5) fell 17% from its last original November 17. That latter preliminary result is a season low for the fantasy drama. The real bad news came at 9 PM, just as the Walking Dead midseason finale started on AMC, with both Resurrection (0.8/2) and 10 PM’s Revenge (1.0/3) taking a 33% dive from their last originals two weeks ago. Even though adjustments are possible in the final numbers, those are series lows for both shows.
With the shift in CBS’ primetime on Sunday from the overrun of the anticipated and much-watched matchup between the Packers and Patriots, the fast nationals are essentially scrambled. However, for the record, here are the numbers as they stand: 60 Minutes (3.7/10); Madam Secretary (1.9/5); the seventh and final season debut of The Mentalist (1.6/4); and CSI (1.4/4). All of which finds the news mag up 16%, the freshman Tea Leoni series up 19%, the Bruno Heller-produced show even with its last season debut which was a premiere low; and the veteran procedural steady with a 8% rise from last week.
Starting with the Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (0.8/2) special, Fox then saw the second week of Mulaney (0.6/2) in its new 7:30 PM slot. Down 14% from last week, the already shaky freshman comedy is now truly on thin ice having entered a ratings danger zone. The rest of Fox’s night was more steady. With The Simpsons and Family Guy encores as their respective lead-ins, 8:30 PM’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.4/3) and 9:30 PM’s Bob’s Burgers (1.0/2) were down 6% and up 11%, respectively, from their November 23 shows.