NBC Sunday Night Football Draws Second-Largest Audience Ever With Brady's Return to New England

Sunday Night Football

In the latest TV ratings, Bucs QB Tom Brady’s return to Patriots country pumped up Sunday Night Football‘s numbers by a good amount.

Update: NBC’s coverage of the well-hyped game drew registered a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of approximately 28.5 million viewers across all platforms — marking the largest NBC Sunday Night Football audience since Dallas/Washington on 12/30/12, and the second-most watched NBC Sunday Night Football game since the package debuted in 2006.

Opposite the Bucs’ win against the Patriots….

ABC | AFV returned to 4.6 mil/0.4. Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (4.5 mil/.6) rose from last week’s opener, Supermarket Sweep (2.8 mil/0.4) was steady and The Rookie (3 mil/0.3) is currently down from last week’s finals.

FOX | Down sharply from last Sunday’s NFL-inflated tallies, The Simpsons did 1.3 mil/0.3, followed by The Great North (1 mi/0.3), Bob’s Burgers (1.1 mil/0.4) and Family Guy (1.2 mil/0.4).

CBS | Leading out of 60 Minutes (9.9 mil/1.6), an airing of J.J. Abrams’ first Star Trek retained 2.3 mil/0.3.

THE CW | Night 2 of the iHeartRadio Music Festival (340K/0.1) drew fewer viewers than Saturday night.

COMING UP NEXT SUNDAY: CBS’ The Equalizer, NCIS: Los Angeles and SEAL Team all return.

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The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Warning: Contents may be hot!