Sunday night may be “Football Night in America,” but there are still other options on broadcast. One of those last night was the CBS series premiere of “God Friended Me,” which drew 10.5 million viewers.
NBC finished first with “Sunday Night Football”; CBS was runner-up. Fox was third in primetime, returning “The Simpsons,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Family Guy” for their new seasons.
Due to the nature of live sports, the below Nielsen numbers for NBC are subject to significant adjustment. The same could be said for the beginning of CBS prime.
NBC was first in ratings with a 4.4 rating/17 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 13.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. The pregame show and the Baltimore Ravens victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers covered all of primetime.
CBS was second in ratings with a 1.9/7 and in viewers with 11.2 million. At 7:30 p.m., following an NFL overrun, the Season 51 premiere of “60 Minutes” averaged a 2.6/10 and 13.7 million viewers. “God Friended Me” at 8:30 debuted to a 1.4/5 and 10.5 million viewers. The season premiere of “NCIS: Los Angeles” at 9:30 received a 1.1/4 and 8.7 million viewers. A rerun finished off the day part.
Fox was third in ratings with a 1.4/5 and in viewers with 3.8 million. Following some repeats, the season premiere of “The Simpsons” at 8 had a 1.8/7 and 4.8 million viewers. The “Bob’s Burgers” season premiere at 8:30 got a 1.2/4 and 2.6 million viewers. At 9, the “Family Guy” season premiere received a 1.2/4 and 2.7 million viewers. “Rel” at 9:30 finished Fox’s prime to a 0.8/3 and 2 million viewers.
ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 3.2 million. The season premiere of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7 averaged a 0.8/3 and 5.4 million viewers. Reruns followed.
Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.5 million.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1 million.
The CW does not yet nationally program Sunday nights.