In the latest TV show ratings, American Idol kicked off its 20th overall cycle (and fifth on ABC) with 6 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, right on par with last season’s Sunday’ averages and easily leading the night in the demo; read recap.
Bookending Idol, AFV (4.9 mil/0.6) and The Rookie (3.5 mil/0.4) both returned up.
Over on CBS, 60 Minutes (8.1 mil/0.6) delivered Sunday’s largest audience. The Equalizer (7 mil/0.5, read recap) was down from its last fresh (and NFL-boosted) episode, while NCIS: LA (5.4 mil/0.5) and SWAT (3.6 mil/0.4) returned steady.
Relocated from Monday nights, The CW’s March (157K/0.0) hit season lows.
Over on Fox, The Simpsons (1.4 mil/0.4) hit at least season lows, while The Great North (940K/0.3), Bob’s Burgers (1.2 mil/0.4) and Family Guy (1.2 mil/0.4) all ticked down.
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!