Despite the Emmys’ nabbing its best 18-49 rating in seven years and the most viewers in eight, Sunday once more proved to truly be “Football Night in America,” as NBC’s NFL game topped the 65th Annual Emmy Awards in ratings and viewers.
NBC was first in ratings with a 6.0 rating/15 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in viewers with 16.5 million, according to preliminary numbers. Due to the nature of live sports, NBC, Fox and CBS numbers are approximate.
For NBC, Part 1 of “Football Night in America,” at 7 p.m. earned a 1.8/6 and 6 million viewers, though these numbers are not counted by Nielsen as it is a sustaining time period without national advertising.
Part 2 at 7:30 received a 2.5/7 and 7.5 million viewers. Part 3 at 8 got a 5.0/14 and 14.5 million viewers. The NFL game itself, the Chicago Bears vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, earned a 6.9/18, making it the highest-rated program of the evening. It had 18.7 million viewers.
CBS was second in ratings with a 4.8/13 — up 30 percent from last year’s telecast — and in viewers with 16.3 million. The NFL Overrun at 7 earned a 6.1/19 and 19.2 million viewers — making it the most-watched program in primetime. The Emmys at 8 earned a 4.3/12 and 15.3 million viewers.
Fox was third in ratings with a 1.1/3 and fifth in total viewers with 2.6 million. An NFL overrun into a repeat at 7 earned a 1.1/4 and 2.9 million viewers. Reruns followed.
Univision was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and in viewers with 2.8 million.
ABC was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and third in viewers with 3.3 million. It aired entirely repeats.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 856,000.