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Ratings: ABC Welcomes Back ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos,’ Joins Fox in Third Place

NBC wins big as the Patriots finally lose

ABC has never been so happy to see “America’s Funniest Home Videos” — not since the 1990s, at least.

On Sunday, the return of “AFHV” helped the Disney broadcast network nudge its way into a third-place ratings tie with Fox. That’s better than what happened last week, when an old Charlie Brown Halloween special dragged down the time slot.

Either way, as one should expect by now, NBC dominated primetime with “Sunday Night Football.” CBS, which had the late-afternoon NFL overrun, finished second. Due to the nature of live sports, the below fast-affiliate ratings for both of those networks should be considered subject to significant adjustment.

NBC was first in ratings with a 5.0 rating/21 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 16.4 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those were the averages of NBC’s 90-minute pregame show and the New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens game itself.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.5/6 and in viewers with 8.9 million. Following an NFL overrun, “60 Minutes” starting at 7:30 p.m. averaged a 1.9/8 and 11.5 million viewers. “God Friended Me” beginning at 8:30 got a 0.8/3 and 6.6 million viewers. At 9:30, “NCIS: Los Angeles” at 9:30 received a 0.6/3 and 5.5 million viewers. “Madam Secretary” at 10:30 had a 0.4/2 and 3.9 million viewers.

ABC and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. ABC was third in total viewers with 4.1 million, Fox was fourth with 2 million.

For ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7 landed a 0.9/4 and 5.5 million viewers. “Kids Say the Darndest Things” at 8 had a 0.6/3 and 4.1 million viewers. At 9, “Shark Tank” got a 0.6/3 and 3.4 million viewers. “The Rookie” at 10 received a 0.5/2 and 3.5 million viewers.

For Fox, following reruns, “The Simpsons” at 8 had a 0.8/3 and 2 million viewers. At 8:30, “Bless the Hearts” got a 0.5/2 and 1.3 million viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” at 9 received a 0.6/3 and 1.5 million viewers. At 9:30, “Family Guy” closed primetime with a 0.6/3 and 1.6 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.3/1. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.1 million, Telemundo was sixth with 932,000.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 916,000. “Batwoman” at 8 had a 0.3/1 and 1.2 million viewers. At 9, “Supergirl” got a 0.2/1 and 811,000 viewers.