After a week that had the rarity of a scripted series outdrawing the top NFL football broadcast, the NFL is back on top. Nielsen data for the week of Oct. 12-18 shows that NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” was No. 1 in total viewers, based on live+three-day data.
The NFL game delivered 22.925 million viewers to outpace CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” which came in second with 19.032 million. “Bang” got a huge bump from delayed viewing, rising 27% to pull ahead of another CBS show, “NCIS,” which topped the list the previous week.
“NCIS” rose 17% with delayed viewing in the latest week to place third overall with 18.802 million total viewers.
Here are the top 10 broadcast shows for the week of Oct. 12-18, based on Live+3 figures, including the percentage gain from delayed viewing:
- Sunday Night Football (NBC): 22.925 million (0% gain)
- Big Bang Theory (CBS): 19.032 million (27% gain)
- NCIS (CBS): 18.802 million (17% gain)
- Sunday Night Football Pre-Kickoff (NBC): 16.353 million (0% gain)
- Empire (Fox): 16.326 million (34% gain)
- Thursday Night Football (CBS and NFL Network): 14.874 million (1% gain)
- NCIS: New Orleans (CBS): 14.770 million (18% gain)
- 60 Minutes (CBS) 14.160 million (3% gain)
- The Voice (NBC): 13.987 million (17% gain)
- Blue Bloods (CBS): 13.892 million (31% gain)
Figures are based on Nielsen data, L+3.