Ratings: ‘Tonight Show,’ ‘SNL’ Holiday Specials Win Primetime Demo on Happy Valentine’s Day for NBC

CBS tops total viewers

Last Updated: February 15, 2016 @ 1:08 PM

Perhaps NBC should just bring its late-night shows to primetime permanently.

The network topped the key 18-49 demographic on Sunday with some “SNL” and “Tonight Show” Valentine’s Day specials. CBS was just one-tenth of a ratings point behind and won handily among total viewers.

ABC and Fox lined up next, in order, each one-tenth of a ratings point behind the network ahead.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.2 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 4.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 7 p.m. ET, “Dateline NBC” had a 0.9/3 and 4.5 million viewers. At 8, the “SNL Valentine” rerun got a 0.9/3 and 3.9 million viewers. “The Tonight Show Valentine’s Day Special” at 9 posted a 1.4/4 and 5 million viewers.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.1/3 and first in viewers with 8.6 million. At 7 p.m. ET, “60 Minutes” received a 1.2/4 and 10.3 million viewers. At 8, “Madam Secretary” had a 1.2/4 and 10 million viewers. At 9, “The Good Wife” got a 1.0/3 and 7.9 million viewers. “CSI: Cyber” at 10 managed a 0.9/3 and 6.3 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.0/3 and in viewers with 4.5 million. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7 p.m. ET posted a 1.2/4 and 5.9 million viewers. “The Bachelor at 20” special at 8 had a 1.0/3 and 4 million viewers. At 10, a “Castle” special got a 0.8/2 and 4.1 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 2.1 million. Following a rerun, at 7:30 p.m. ET, “Bob’s Burgers” had a 1.0/3 and 2 million viewers. At 8, “The Simpsons” posted a 1.3/4 and 2.9 million viewers. At 8:30, “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” got a 0.7/2 and 1.7 million viewers. At 9, “Family Guy” received a 1.2/3 and 2.5 million viewers. At 9:30, “Bordertown” managed a 0.7/2 and 1.7 million viewers.

The Spanish-language networks did not release Sunday ratings due to the holiday.