CBS was at an Nielsen live-plus-same day average 3.5 rating/9 share for the 18-49 crowd, up 12% from the week before. In particular, a late afternoon game featuring the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots earned big numbers -- a 7.6/21. ABC also showed gains -- up 18% for the night to a 1.6/4.
The big winner again was NBC with “Sunday Night Football,” earning a 4.9/13 for the night overall, down 7% from the week before. The game itself -- Baltimore Ravens vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers -- was at a 6.1/16, down around 5% from the preliminary numbers of a week before.
Below all the highly rated sports programming, the best of the bunch was CBS’ “60 Minutes” at a 3.3/8 at 8 p.m., a big beneficiary of its NFL programming lead-in, up from a 2.4 rating the week before. Also in the same time slot was ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” at a 2.5/6, versus a 2.3 the previous week. Fox’s “The Simpsons” was at a 2.0/5, down from a 3.6 the week before.
With the World Series now over, Fox suffered, with all its regular Sunday shows taking big hits. Overall, Fox was down 47% from the week before to a 1.4/4 rating. (A “Family Guy” rerun didn’t help matters either, pulling a 1.2/3.) Fox’ new comedy, “Mulaney” at 9:30 p.m. sank further to a 0.7/2, down from a 1.1 rating.
On the flip side, CBS’ new drama at 10 p.m., “Madam Secretary,” got a boost from football, rising to a 1.8/4 from a 1.5 rating.
Univision scored a 0.9/3 for the night with 2.4 million overall viewers -- virtually the same as the week before, when it earned a 0.9/3 and 2.3 million overall viewers.