TV Ratings: Weakest Link Returns Low, Idol Again Dominates Sunday

Weakest Link Premiere

In the latest TV ratings, NBC’s Weakest Link opened Season 2 on Sunday with just 1.5 million total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating, falling well shy of its previous lows (2.5 mil/0.5).

Bookending the quizzer, The Courtship (590K/0.1) plunged 40 percent in audience from its debut, while Transplant (1.1 mil/0.1) was pretty steady versus its season opener.


ABC | AFV (4.8 mil/0.5), American Idol (6.4 mil/0.9) and The Rookie (3.2 mil/0.4) were all down, though Idol still dominated Sunday in the demo.

CBS | 60 Minutes (7.6 mil/0.7) scored Sunday’s biggest audience. The Equalizer (6.7 mil/0.6) and SWAT (4.1 mil/0.5) were steady, but NCIS: LA (5.2 mil/0.4) dipped.

THE CW | The netlet’s half of Critics Choice Awards coverage (shared with TBS) averaged 630,000 viewers, per early numbers. UPDATE: With TBS’ tallies factored in, the awards show totaled 1.1 million viewers, up nearly 200 percent from last year’s CW-only broadcast and almost on par with the last in0person telecast (which drew 1.2 mil in January 2020, on The CW).

FOX | The Simpsons (1.1 mil/0.3), The Great North (730K/0.2) and Family Guy (1 mil/0.3) were all down in the demo, while Bob’s Burgers (940K/0.3) was steady.

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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. Kids, ask parents before calling.