Ratings: ‘The Simpsons’ Settles for Season Low With No NFL Overrun on Fox

Fox still manages to tie ABC in key demo

Last Updated: December 2, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

The Simpsons did not get to enjoy the long holiday weekend as much as most families.

The long-running Fox animated comedy slipped to a season-low rating last night, registering a 0.7 among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. That was mainly due to Fox’s lack of a late-afternoon NFL overrun. Instead, an original episode of “The Simpsons” followed a pair of reruns.

NBC and “Sunday Night Football” easily topped primetime. CBS, which had an NFL game leak into primetime, was the night’s runner up.

NBC was first in ratings with a 4.7 rating/20 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 16.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those were the Nielsen averages for 90-minute pregame series “Football Night in America” and the New England Patriots-Houston Texans game itself.

CBS was second in ratings with a 1.5/7 and in viewers with 9.5 million. Following the Oakland Raiders-Kansas City Chiefs overrun, “60 Minutes” at 7:30 p.m. posted a 2.0/8 and 12.3 million viewers. A “60 Minutes” special at 8:30 had a 1.0/4 and 8.1 million viewers. At 9:30, “NCIS: Los Angeles” got a 0.8/3 and 6.2 million viewers. “Madam Secretary” at 10:30 received a 0.4/2 and 4.2 million viewers.

ABC and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.6 rating. ABC had a 3 share, Fox got a 2. ABC was third in total viewers with 3.7 million, Fox was fourth with 1.6 million.

For ABC, following a rerun, “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” at 8 had a 0.7/3 and 3.1 million viewers. At 9, “Shark Tank” got a 0.6/2 and 3 million viewers. “The Rookie” at 10 received a 0.5/2 and 3.3 million viewers.

For Fox, following reruns, “The Simpsons” at 8 had a 3 share and 2 million viewers. At 8:30, an “Ice Age” Christmas special got a 0.5/2 and 1.4 million viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” at 9 received a 0.6/3 and 1.6 million viewers. At 9:30, “Family Guy” finished primetime with a 0.6/2 and 1.5 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 1 million.

The CW and Telemundo tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.2/1. The CW was sixth in total viewers with 860,000, Telemundo was seventh with 619,000.

For The CW, “Batwoman” at 8 had a 0.3/1 and 1 million viewers. “Supergirl” at 9 got a 0.2/1 and 884,000.

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