8:37am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Little Big Shots' Still on Top on Sunday
Viewers continue to take a shining to Little Big Shots. NBC's latest alternative series topped Sunday night, losing little ground in its third episode, besting all of the night's other broadcast offerings — including Fox's live staging of The Passion.
Little Big Shots was off only two-tenths of a point from the previous week, averaging a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 13.2 million viewers. That big audience haul put it ahead of even 60 Minutes, which delivered 10.2 million viewers and a strong 1.7 rating in the key demo for CBS after NCAA basketball overrun.
The Carmichael Show (1.4 adults) and Crowded (1.0 adults) were a mixed bag on NBC, with the former still strong, before a new Hollywood Game Night brought a 0.7 rating in the key demo.
Though many will be quick to point out that The Passion fell shy of any recent live TV musicals, averaging a 1.6 rating in the key demo and 6.6 million viewers, the Netherlands format of pop song karaoke set to Jesus' hours leading to the crucifixion also didn't have the familiarity factor of the Broadway fare — Grease, The Wiz, The Sound of Music — recently adapted for the tube. The two-hour event ranked No. 3 among broadcast originals for the night, helping Fox tie NBC and CBS for a nightly win with adults 18-49.
As for CBS, the network also had a new Madam Secretary (1.2 adults), The Good Wife (1.0 adults) and Elementary (0.8 adults). ABC saw The Family grab just a 0.7 rating in the key demo before a steady Quantico (1.0 adults).