Fast National ratings for Sunday, September 15, 2013.
A weather-delayed Sunday Night Football game between Seattle and San Francisco helped NBC down its Sunday competition, which included NFL-inflated numbers for both FOX and CBS.
Somewhat lost amidst the NFL-induced haze was a strong performance by ABC's broadcast of the Miss America Pageant, which drew its biggest numbers since 2004.
For the night, NBC averaged a 6.3 rating among adults 18-49, dominating the key demographic for Sunday. CBS was a distant second with a 2.9 key demo rating, followed by FOX's 1.8 key demo rating and the 1.4 key demo rating for ABC.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 15.95 million viewers and a 9.4 rating/15 share for Sunday primetime, well ahead of the 6.5/10 and 10.28 million viewers for CBS. ABC was third for the night with 6.58 million viewers and a 4.2/7, while FOX averaged a 2.6/4 and 4.5 million viewers.
7 p.m. - CBS had roughly 50 minutes of NFL overrun, which combined with a sliver of "60 Minutes" to averaged 20.63 million viewers and a 6.4 rating among adults 18-49 in the 7 p.m. hour. NBC's "Football Night in America" averaged 10.165 million viewers and a 3.5 key demo rating for second. A repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" was third with 5.3 million viewers and fourth with a 0.9 key demo rating for ABC. FOX got an NFL-boosted 5.2 million viewers and a 1.9 key demo rating for repeats of "American Dad" and "The Simpsons."
8 p.m. - The start of the 49ers-Seahawks game, which ended up being delayed for weather, averaged 19.22 million viewers and a 7.5 rating among adults 18-49 for NBC in the 8 p.m. hour. CBS' "60 Minutes" and a sliver of "Big Brother" averaged 10.94 million viewers and a 2.8 key demo rating. FOX was third with 4.995 million viewers and a 2.0 key demo rating for football boosted repeats of "The Simpsons" and "Bob's Burgers." ABC's "20/20" was fourth with 4.16 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating.
9 p.m. - NBC's football coverage averaged 18.61 million viewers and a 7.3 rating among adults 18-49 in the 9 p.m. hour. ABC's Miss America coverage moved up to second overall with 7.43 million viewers and third in the key demo with a 1.7 rating. CBS' "Big Brother" and a sliver of "Good Wife" repeat averaged 5.85 million viewers and a 1.8 key demo rating. On FOX, repeats of "Family Guy" averaged 3.31 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - Sunday Night Football led the 10 p.m. hour for NBC with 15.8 million viewers and a 6.8 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's Miss America broadcast averaged 9.43 million viewers and a 2.2 key demo rating in second. CBS' repeats of "Good Wife" and "The Mentalist" averaged 3.69 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.