Primetime Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Beats Emmys Easily

CBS’ Emmys at 2.1, down from last year’s 2.5 on ABC

NBC was the big winner in Sunday prime ratings, riding Sunday Night Football to a 5.3 rating in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and an 18 share. Emmys-showing CBS was a distant third at 1.9/7.

The ratings are subject to change for live sports coverage.

Football Night in America did a 2.2, then the Packers-Falcons game rated a 6.4. Last week’s Football Night did a 3.8 and the game an 8.0.

Fox too enjoyed a football lift en route to a 4.3/15. An NFL overrun scored a 6.5, then Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville did a 2.6, down a tenth of a point from its premiere. That was followed by repeated comedies.

On CBS, 60 Minutes went up 18% to a 1.3 and the Stephen Colbert-hosted Emmys did a 2.1. Last year’s Emmys, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC, did a 2.5. Last night's telecast drew 11.38 million total viewers, level with last year. Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale won best drama, and HBO’s Veep took top comedy.

ABC was at 0.6/2. After repeats of America’s Funniest Home Videos and Celebrity Family Feud, Steve Harvey’s Funderdome fell 25% to 0.6 and $100,000 Pyramid slipped 29% to 0.5.

Univision rated a 0.5/2 and Telemundo a 0.3/1.