Ratings: ‘Utopia’ Debuts So-So as Football Rules

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” dominates primetime

Last Updated: September 8, 2014 @ 9:35 AM

NBC finished first on Sunday thanks to the debut of “Sunday Night Football.” Fox’s premiere of reality series “Utopia” had a so-so debut against the heavy competition, pulling in a 1.9 rating/6 share and 4.6 million viewers.

NBC scored a 6.7/20 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and an average of 18 million viewers, according to preliminary numbers. Due to the nature of live sports, numbers for NBC and Fox are approximate.

Part 1 of “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. received a 2.5/8 and 7.6 million viewers. Part 2 at 7:30 had a 4.3/14 and 11.9 million viewers. Part 3 at 8 earned a 6.4/19 and 18.6 million viewers. The game itself at 8:30 scored a night-high 8.0 rating, had a 22 share, and a Sunday-best 21.2 million viewers.

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Fox was second in ratings with a 3.2/9 and in viewers with 8 million. An NFL overrun at 7 earned a 7.1/24 and 19.1 million viewers. “The OT” at 7:30 received a 4.1/13 and 10.4 million viewers. “Utopia” followed at 9.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.3/4 and in viewers with 6.7 million. Following a rerun, “Big Brother” at 8 earned a 2.3/7 and 7.1 million viewers. “Unforgettable” at 9 received a 1.1/3 and 7 million viewers. “Reckless” at 10 dipped to a 0.7/2 and 4.7 million viewers.

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Univision was fourth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and fifth in viewers with 2.4 million.

ABC was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/2 and fourth in total viewers with 2.5 million.  At 7, the special, “The ABCs Of Schoolhouse Rock,” got a 0.5/2 and 2.1 million viewers. The season finale of “Wipeout” at 8 had a 0.8/2 and 2.4 million viewers. A repeat followed.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in total viewers with 715,000.

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