Sunday Night Football Ratings

Ratings: Sunday Night Football Down vs. 2015, BrainDead Flat With Finale

NBC Sunday Night Football‘s regularly scheduled season opener drew 20.7 million total viewers and a 7.5 demo rating on Sunday, shy of its Thursday kickoff numbers (23.3 mil/8.5) and down 15 and 18 percent from a year ago’s Giants/Cowboys matchup.

Elsewhere on the night….

ABC | Celebrity Family Feud wrapped its season with 6.6 mil and a 1.3, up 15 percent and three tenths from its last fresh outing. Miss America (6.2 mil/1.3) slipped 10 percent and two tenths from its previous broadcast.

FOX | Leading out of The OT, Son of Zorn was sampled by 6 million total viewers, while scoring a 2.4 demo rating. TVLine readers gave the semi-animated comedy an average grade of “C+.”

CBS | Big Brother (6.5 mil/1.8) surged 25 and 29 percent from last Sunday’s holiday lull. BrainDead’s double-episode finale did 2.4 mil/0.5 (its best rating since July 31) and then 2 mil/0.3 (matching its series low), while averaging an “A-” grade from TVLine readers.

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  1. Katherine215 says:

    I wonder if the boring teams on SNF account for the drop in ratings. I think last year was NYG vs Dallas, which is always an interesting rivalry. The Cardinals don’t do much for me (sorry, Cardinals fans!) and I hate the Patriots, so there was no reason for me to tune in.

  2. kmw says:

    Yes a drop for this game was expected not just because Arizona is not as big as some markets but also Tom Brady wasn’t playing and that might have been a factor as well however NBC is probably not unhappy with those ratings. Also FOX is probably happy with Zorn’s numbers but this is probably a boost from football. I don’t expect those numbers to stay that way.

  3. PatriciaLee says:

    The husband watched the game and said it wasn’t the same without [Brady], “I watched some of it. It was amazing. I didn’t think they were going to win without him. It really wasn’t that good of a game. It didn’t have any excitement in it. It wasn’t like the Seahawks game that was nail-biting to the end.” Of course, he only says that because he is a Seahawks fan, and he would have felt differently if they lost. I thought it was cool hearing the backup quarterback winning, while puttering around the house. I don’t get how people don’t tune in to see how the backups do. They could be watching the beginning of a new legend.

    • KLS says:

      I love watching games with new, young quaterbacks to see how they make the transition to the NFL. It’s one of the best things about NFL Sunday ticket.

  4. Preacher Book says:

    I liked “Braindead” and thought they wrapped it up nicely. So if they aren’t renewed, I don’t feel cheated. And halfabrain is a formula for political success with a good chief of staff.

  5. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    No Brady, no ratings. Perhaps Goodell should rethink his stupidity.