Ratings: Fox’s Soft ‘Miss Universe’ Places Sunday Crown on NBC’s Beautiful Head

Fox edges ABC for third with Steve Harvey-hosted pageant

Gorgeous women were no match for sweaty football players on Sunday. The 2017 Miss Universe pageant on Fox was trampled in Nielsen ratings by “Sunday Night Football’s” Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game, which easily won the evening for NBC.

Though the Steve Harvey-hosted beauty (and talent?) competition didn’t grab the primetime crown, it did push Fox ahead of ABC for third place.

Gliding on that strong “Sunday Night Football” game, NBC finished first in ratings with a 4.2 rating/14 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 13.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following the network’s three-part “Football in America” program at 7, the Packers vs. Steelers game grabbed a 12.2/20 share from 8:30-11:30 p.m.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.8/6 and in viewers with 10.2 million. An NFL overrun at 7 combined with the start to “60 Minutes” for a 4.0/14 and 16.8 million viewers. At 8, the back of “60 Minutes” and the first half of “Wisdom of the Crowd” had a 1.5/5 and 9.9 million viewers. At 9, the end of “Wisdom of the Crowd” combined with first half of “NCIS: LA” for a 0.9/3 and 6.9 million viewers. At 10, the back of “NCIS:LA” added to the first half of “Madam Secretary” for a 0.8/3 and 7.1 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.1/4 and in viewers with 4.403 million, with the 66th Miss Universe Competition pulling in those numbers from 7-10.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and in viewers with 4.410 million. Following a repeat at 7, a new episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” had 1.2/4 and 5.3 million viewers at 8. A fresh episode of “Shark Tank” at 9 took in a 1.0/3 and 4.1 million viewers, followed by a repeat at 10.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/1. Telemundo was fifth in total viewers with 1.100 million, Univision was sixth with 1.074 million.

The CW does not nationally program Sunday nights.