Ratings: ‘Dancing With the Stars Juniors’ Has a Pint-Sized Debut

ABC finishes fourth on Sunday, as the new “Shark Tank” season premiere didn’t help much either

Last Updated: October 8, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

“Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” had a pretty child-sized debut on Sunday. Afterwards, ABC premiered its new season of “Shark Tank,” which didn’t take a bite out of its broadcast competition either.

NBC finished first last night in primetime with its “Sunday Night Football” game — no surprise there. Fox was runner-up with its own NFL overrun from the afternoon.

Due to the nature of live sports, the below fast-national Nielsen numbers for those network’s airing pro football should be considered subject to significant adjustment.

NBC was first in ratings with a 4.5 rating/18 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 14.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. That was the combination of a 90-minute pregame show and the Dallas Cowboys-Houston Texans game itself.

Fox was second in ratings with a 2.2/8 and third in viewers with 6.6 million. After an NFL overrun and Fox’s post-game coverage, “The Simpsons” at 8 had a 1.8/7 and 4.6 million viewers. At 8:30, “Bob’s Burgers” got a 1.2/5 and 3.1 million viewers. “Family Guy” at 9 received a 1.2/4 and 2.8 million viewers. At 10, “Rel” managed a 0.7/3 and 1.9 million viewers.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/3 and second in viewers with 7.6 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” had a 0.8/3 and 8.2 million viewers. “God Friended Me” at 8 got a 0.9/4 and 8.4 million viewers. At 9, “NCIS: Los Angeles” received a 0.8/3 and 7.5 million viewers. A new season of “Madam Secretary” at 10 premiered to a 0.6/2 and 6.1 million viewers.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 4.4 million. At 7, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” had a 0.7/3 and 4.7 million viewers. “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” from 8-10 averaged a 0.7/3 and 5 million viewers. At 10, the “Shark Tank” return settled for a 0.6/2 and 3.1 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.3 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 992,000.

The CW does not yet nationally program Sunday nights.