God Friended Me and The Rookie were the sophomore premieres on Sept. 29. Bless the Harts made its debut. Here are the Sunday TV ratings.
What a way to start a season. Sunday Night Football overran on CBS, pushing all CBS programming back by 15 minutes. This will become standard, so get used to it! However, it’s time to overlook that for now and focus on the Sunday TV ratings for Sept. 29.
Nine shows returned from the summer hiatus, including all of FOX’s Sunday animated lineup, most of CBS’ shows, and ABC’s usual lineup. NFL had Sunday Night Football with the Cowboys vs. Saints, which did win the night with 21 million viewers and 6.8 in the demo, according to TV Series Finale. Even the SNF Pregame content was second-best of the entire night, with 18.04 million and 5.8 in the demo.
Meanwhile, The CW opted for a Greatest Moments special of iHeartRadio and followed that with the season finale of Mysteries Decoded.
There was one new show debuting during the night. FOX’s new animated series Bless the Harts made its okay-ish debut. Here’s a breakdown of the TV ratings for Sunday, looking at the season finales for returning shows for comparison.
A night of new episodes
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- Wednesday TV ratings: One Chicago mixed, Kung Fu down (November 9)
- Tuesday TV ratings: The Resident and Monarch down (November 8)
- Monday TV ratings: All American down, Quantum Leap up (Nov. 7)
- Weekend live TV ratings: Fire Country and FBI mixed
The nine shows returning from break were: America’s Funniest Home Videos, 60 Minutes, The Simpsons, God Friended Me, Shark Tank, Bob’s Murders, Family Guy, The Rookies, and NCIS: Los Angeles. Out of all show, 60 Minutes performed the best with God Friended Me coming in second in the total audience (best scripted).
ABC saw the arrival of America’s Funniest Videos newest season, debuting with 5.08 million and a 0.7 rating in the demo. This was up 13% and 25% respectively, marking a great start for the unscripted series. There’s no need to worry about the series has it’s already been renewed into next season.
After a new episode of Celebrity Family Feud, ABC continued its returning shows with Shark Tank, which was the only show to see a jump up from its previous season premiere! The 3.82 million viewers and 0.7 in the demo were 28% and 16% up from the Season 10 premiere, but saw a 1% decline and 11% decline from the season finale respectively.
The last show of the night was all about The Rookie, which debuted its second season on a new night. This is a competitive timeslot and many worried about it, but it turned out to be not so bad. The 4.05 million viewers and 0.7 in the demo were mixed against CBS’ NCIS: LA, but were steady compared to the Season 1 finale.
The overrun in Sunday Night Football didn’t damage too much for CBS’ programming. At least, not for God Friended Me. But we’ll get onto that. it all started with 60 Minutes, which returned with 9.81 million viewers and 1.4 in the demo. That was 16% up in the audience and 81% up in the demo from the previous season finale.
God Friended Me saw 6.92 million people tune in with a 0.9 demo rating. When looking at the pilot episode, the numbers are 30% down, which isn’t too bad season to season. However, the figures are great when comparing to the Season 1 finale. The total audience was steady, while the demo ticked up by 38%.
NCIS: Los Angeles gave us the JAG reunion we’d been waiting all summer long for. The show won the late timeslot (going into 10 p.m. because of the overrun) with 4.97 million viewers. However, it was below The Rookie in the demo with a 0.6 rating. It was down by 5.7% in the audience but up 17% in the demo, suggesting the overrun may have affected this series.
Three shows returned for FOX: The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, and Family Guy. How would the animated lineup perform?
It’s not surprising to hear that The Simpsons was the best performer of the night for the network, pulling in 2.31 million and 0.9 in the demo. This was up a whopping 53% in the audience and 63% in the demo, starting the night off strong for FOX.
After new show Bless the Harts, Bob’s Burgers returned for its 10th season. It would pull in 1.86 million viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, which was a good 25% increase and 11% increase respectively. The new timeslot seems to have proved to be a good decision.
Family Guy ended the night for the animated linup, with 1.87 million tuning in. The demo remained steady from its previous two comedies at 0.7. That was a 5% increase in the audience but a 4% decrease in the demo. There’s nothing to worry about yet. FOX will want to see how all comedies stabilize during the season.
Bless the Harts‘ series premiere
FOX was the only network with a new show. Bless the Harts is the new animated comedy, with FOX hoping to capitalize off The Simpsons‘ fanbase. Sadly, it wouldn’t quite work out in the TV ratings.
Bless the Harts debuted with 1.81 million and 0.7 in the demo. While not terrible, it was the lowest-performing FOX show of the night. Will it get renewed? It’s too early to tell right now, but FOX will be keeping an eye on how the show stabilizes.
New episodes of current shows
Celebrity Family Feud and Mysteries Decoded aired new episodes of current seasons. For ABC, it was all about the comedy game show, which saw a 36% increase in the total audience from the previous episode to 5.42 million. The demo saw a 66% increase from the previous episode to 1.0. These figures were strong, sitting in the middle for the timeslot, but putting in some of the highest ratings of the night outside of the football.
As for Mysteries Decoded, the season finale was all about Bigfoot. The demo remained steady from the last episode, which actually aired on Tuesday night. The total audience was up 6% to 0.51 million, which may have been because it was the season finale or because of the night change.
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