With the final numbers now in, CBS’ Madam Secretary premiered on Sunday night to 14.8 million total viewers and a 2.0 demo rating — improving upon The Amazing Race‘s year-ago audience by 65 percent and matching the demo delivery of the reality vet.
TVLine readers gave the series premiere an average grade of “B+.” UPDATE: CBS will encore Madam Secretary this Saturday at 8/7c.
Leading out of that — at a few minutes past 10 pm for Eastern/Central time zones — The Good Wife‘s great season opener (average grade “A-“) retained 11 mil and a 1.4, up in eyeballs but down a tenth from its previous premiere, yet up from its May finale (9.1 mil/1.2). That marks TGW’s largest premiere audience since 2011.
Stalwart 60 Minutes opened the Eye’s night with 17.9 mil/3.5, up hugely from a year ago and — if the numbers come at all close to holding — marking seven- and nine-year highs.
Dominating the night, NBC Sunday Night Football (Steelers/Panthers) drew 19.7 mil and a 7.8 (per finals).
Over on Fox, the network’s very final fresh American Dad (3 mil/1.5) ticked up two tenths week-to-week. (The series jumps to TBS with Season 11 on Oct. 20.)