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Ratings: ‘The Simpsons’-‘Futurama’ Crossover Sees Strong Boost, ‘Madam Secretary’ Dips

NBC tops Sunday night despite NFL blowout

The future of “The Simpsons” looks bright — or at least the present does, thanks to Sunday’s “Futurama” crossover. The long-running Fox animated comedy saw a 45 percent demo boost last night in primetime when Bender and the gang traveled back in time to Springfield, and got an even larger gain in total viewers.

Still, nothing tops NFL football — even a total blowout.

NBC was first in ratings with a 5.6 rating/15 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 15.7 million, according to preliminary numbers. Part 1 of “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. had a 1.8/6 and 6.2 million viewers. Part 2 at 7:30 got a 3.1/9 and 9 million viewers. Part 3 at 8 received a 5.0/14 and 14.5 million viewers. The game itself — which was never close — scored a 6.2/17 and 17.3 million viewers, both highs on the night.

Fox was second in ratings with a 2.6/7 and third in viewers with 6.7 million. An NFL overrun at 7 earned a 5.3/17 and 15.6 million viewers. The postgame show at 7:30 received a 3.1/9 and 8.2 million viewers. “The Simpsons” at 8 rose from last week to a 2.9/8 and 6.6 million viewers. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 8:30 had a 1.8/5 and 3.6 million viewers. “Mulaney” at 9:30 got a 0.9/2 and 2 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.6/4 and fourth in viewers with 6 million. “America’s Funniest Home Video” at 7 had a 1.5/4 and 6.6 million viewers. “Once Upon a Time” at 8 earned a 2.5/7 and 7.4 million viewers. “Resurrection” at 9 got a 1.2/3 — tying a low — and 4.5 million viewers. “Revenge” at 10 received a 1.3/4 and 5.2 million viewers.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 1.4/4, but second in viewers with 11 million. At 7, “60 Minutes’ rose to a 1.5/4 and 12 million viewers. “Madam Secretary” at 8 dipped 22 percent to a 1.4/4 and had 12.6 million viewers. “The Good Wife” at 9 received a 1.4/4 and 10.7 million viewers. “CSI” at 10 got a 1.2/4 — a series low — and 8.6 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.9/2 and in total viewers with 2.4 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in total viewers with 833,000.