Two big stories for Sunday’s programming stood out. First, NBC had a football matchup that was highly anticipated and drew an audience to justify the hype. ‘Sunday Night Football’ at 830P pulled in an above average 25.06 million viewers and a 17.1 rating and a 27 share, up 31% above the previous week. Thank the Kansas City Chiefs who had an undefeated record coming into the game against the victorious Denver Broncos led by Payton Manning. ‘Football Night In America’ at 7P drew 8.56 million. The pre-game at 8P drew modest number, with 12.27 million viewers. The Peacock Network finished the evening 39% ahead of last year.
The second big story of the night was on FOX. The premiere of ‘Almost Human’ at 8P increased viewership in that time slot by 147% above the previous week with 9.1 million viewers. It debuts in its regular time slot this evening on FOX at 8P, replacing ‘Bones’ which moved to Friday at 8P. It had an exceptional leading as the overflow of the NFL football contests pushed ‘The OT’ to big numbers with 20.33 million viewers, well ahead of its competition. At 9P, ‘The Simpsons’ drew 4.13 million while at 930P, ‘Family Guy’ posted 4.33 million viewers. The Animal Network of Broadcast finished 182% ahead of last year’s comparable same day numbers.
CBS finished #3 for the evening with ’60 Minutes’ pulling in 11.87 million viewers at 7P while at 8P, ‘The Amazing Race’ fell a bit to 9.09 million. At 9P, ‘The Good Wife’ upped the numbers to 9.65 million viewers while the continuing saga of Red John on ‘The Mentalist’ dropped to 9.48 million viewers. This arc has to end sometime. How many escapes can this guy have in a lifetime, even if it is fictional television’s lifetime. Bottom line, The Tiffany Network finished down 24% for the evening compared to last year.
ABC suffered on Sunday. Beginning with ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ at 7P which drew 6.8 million to 8P’s ‘Once Upon A Time’ which had 6.6 million to 9P’s ‘Revenge’ with 5.8 million to 10P’s ‘Betrayal’ with 3.4 million viewers, The Alphabet Network finished dead last, down 41% from last year.
For the record, NBC was #1 with 20.765 million viewers and a 12.9 rating and a 20 share. FOX finished with 10.365 million viewers and a 7.9/12. CBS concluded Sunday with 10.024 million viewers and a 7.2/11 while ABC finished with 5.637 million and a 3.6/6. Univision had a 1.8/3 while Telemundo pulled in 0.4/1.
ACROSS THE POND:
ITV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’ debuted for its 13th season with its best numbers in history on Sunday, beating the season long leader ‘Strictly’ by bringing in 12 million viewers between 9P-1030P for a whopping 46.5% share of the audience. It reached its peak with 12.9 million watching during the show. It finished up by 2.3 million viewers from last years debut. At 8P, ‘The X Factor’ results show drew 9.3 million (34%) for the #3 spot on the evening..
ITV2 at 1030P had the spin-off ‘I’m a Celebrity’ added 1.1 million viewers (8.3%).
BBC One’s powerhouse ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ finished in an unfamiliar spot in #2 with 9.6 million viewers (34.7%) tuning in at 715P. At 8P, the department store drama, ‘The Paradise’ drew 4.2 million (15.4%). It’s ‘Britain and the Sea’ program pulled in 2.7 milion (10.1%) at 9P.
Channel 4 at 8P ‘Secret History’ about Queen Victoria’s eldest Grandson had 1.7 million viewers (6.2%) while at 9P had ‘AKA Homeland’ which drew 1.7 million (6.5%).
BBC Two at 8P ‘Great Continental Railway Journeys’ drew 2.4 million (8.7%). At 9P, ‘Africa 2013: countdown to the Rains’ pulled in 1.4 million viewers (5.1%).
For the record, ITV pulled in a 31.4% share of the peak prime time audience while BBC1 had 21.1% share.
As one could tell, people on Sunday evening were…
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