Ratings: NFL Football Clobbers NBA Finals on Sports-Heavy Sunday

“Black-ish” election special does fine following Lakers-Heat game

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Sunday’s late NFL games rejected the NBA Finals, according to Nielsen. The Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers primetime game on NBC and a late-afternoon overrun on CBS made ABC and the NBA Finals settle for third place in viewership last night. Following the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat matchup, ABC’s “black-ish” election special did just fine. Much further down the Nielsen rankings, The CW’s Season 2 “Pandora” premiere didn’t earn a positive — or even neutral — adjective. Due to the nature of live television, the below Nielsen numbers for NBC, CBS and ABC should be considered subject to significant adjustment.

NBC was first in ratings with a 3.1 rating/17 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 10.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 7 p.m., the first half-hour of pregame show “Football Night in America” drew a 1.4/8 and 5.9 million viewers. The next 30 minutes posted a 2.2/12 and 8.1 million viewers. Starting at 8, the conclusion of the pregame show, which made way for kickoff, averaged a 3.3/17 and 11.4 million viewers. The game itself put up a 3.5/19 and 11.7 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.4/8 and in viewers with 7.3 million. An NFL overrun at 7 scored a 4.2/24 and 16.6 million viewers. Starting at 7:30, “60 Minutes” had a 2.0/8 and 11.2 million viewers. Another episode beginning at 8:30 got a 0.7/4 and 5.8 million viewers. CBS then re-aired 2003 movie “Old School.”

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.2/7 and in viewers with 3.5 million. At 7, pregame show “NBA Countdown” received a 0.7/4 and 2.8 million viewers. The game, which tipped off at 7:30 p.m. ET, recorded a 1.5/8 and 4.1 million viewers. The network’s “Black-ish” election special at 10 got a 0.8/5 and 2.4 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.3 million. Following a rerun, “The Simpsons” at 8 had a 0.5/3 and 1.5 million viewers. At 8:30, “Bless the Harts” settled for a 0.3/1 and 930,000 viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” at 9 received a 0.4/2 and 1.1 million viewers. At 9:30, “Family Guy”got a 0.5/2 and 1.3 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.3. Univision had a 2 share, Telemundo had a 1 share. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.1 million, Telemundo was sixth with 908,000.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/0 and in viewers with 420,000. The “Pandora” season premiere at 8 managed a 0.1/0 and 372,000 viewers. A repeat followed.

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