Primetime Ratings: NBC’s 'Sunday Night Football' Wins Easily

Fox too benefits from football, an overrun catalyzing comedy block

NBC cruised to an easy ratings win on the steam of Sunday Night Football, the net tallying a 5.6 rating in viewers 18-49, according to Nielsen overnights, with a 16 share. That figure, which includes Football Night in America, was down from last week’s 6.0/17.

Fox finished second at 3.0/9, ahead of ABC’s 1.3/4 and CBS’ 1.1/3. At 9 p.m., Sunday Night Football, pitting the Carolina Panthers against the Philadelphia Eagles, apexed with a 7.3 and a 20 share.

Fox had a hefty football overrun leading into its comedy block. The Simpsons rated a 2.7, up 41% from last week; Brooklyn Nine-Nine a 2.0, up 67%, Family Guy a 1.8, up 22% from when it last aired to weeks ago, and The Last Man on Earth a 1.4, up 27% from last week.

ABC had America’s Funniest Home Videos 7-8 p.m., averaging a 1.1, up 38%, before Once Upon a Time showed a flat 1.6. Blood & Oil too was flat with last week at 0.9 while Quantico’s 1.5 was down 7%.

On CBS, 60 Minutes averaged a 1.3, down 43% from last Sunday, leading into Madam Secretary at 1.3., up 15%. The Good Wife scored a flat 1.0, while CSI: Cyber had a 0.8, up 14% from the previous week.