With the World Series over last week, things went back to normal in primetime Sunday night. Which meant, among other things, that Sunday Night Football (5.6/17) was the top-rated show of the evening and NBC won the night.
However, a new normal might be emerging on ABC that doesn’t have a winning aura for Secrets & Lies (0.6/2) and Quantico (0.6/2). Neither series saw any rebound from the key demo lows they fell to on October 30 when they faced both Game 5 of the World Series on Fox and SNF’s Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles matchup on NBC. Interestingly, 8 PM’s Once Upon a Time (1.1/3) did see a rise over last week, going up 22% among adults 18-49.
As for that NFL battle on NBC, the Oakland Raiders took the Denver Broncos to school with a 30-20 win at home in the Bay Area. For the Comcast-owned network, that SNF result is pretty steady with last week, with a 10% demo decline in the early numbers. The 6.0/7 of the Dallas-Philly game went up to a 6.5/19 and 18.02 million in the final numbers – so expect such adjustments later for this week. As it is right now, NBC scored a 4.9/15 rating and 13.78 million viewers for the night.
In metered-market results, last night’s SNF drew a 11.7/19 – that’s up 0.9% from last week and, NBC is bragging, a six-week high in what has been a ratings struggle for the NFL franchise this season.
There was more NFL on the Big 4 on Sunday, and overruns pushed CBS’ primetime back about 50 minutes in the Eastern and Central time zones. That makes the pumped-up early results even more tentative than usual for the 7:50 PM-starting 60 Minutes (2.1/6), NCIS: LA (1.3/4) and likely even Madam Secretary (0.9/3), which was up a tenth from last week. The overruns also meant that the regularly scheduled 10 PM Elementary (0.6/2) didn’t make the primetime cut last night; the Sherlock Holmes drama didn’t air until 11 PM in the affected time zones and stayed the same as its October 30 show.
On Fox, Family Guy (1.2/4) and The Last Man on Earth (0.9/3) were even with their previous originals of October 23. The recently renewed The Simpsons (1.4/5) and animated hybrid comedy Son of Zorn (0.9/3) were down a tenth from their previous new shows, while Bob’s Burgers (1.0/3) dropped 29% in the demo from two weeks ago.
As usual on Sundays, the CW was all local programming.