11:10am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Miss Universe Dips — But Still Tops a Football-Free Sunday
Miss Universe remains a thing. And, without any football to contend with, the pageant managed to score a demo victory for Fox on Sunday night.
The primetime telecast of 65th Miss Universe Pageant — the subject of seemingly evergreen controversy thanks to host mix-ups and its status as a former Donald Trump production — aired to a relatively quiet crowd of a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers. That was down, by both measures, from the last go — which aired just before the holidays in 2015.
But down or not, it was broadcast's top performer among adults 18-49 for the night.
Placing second was CBS, which saw new outings of 60 Minutes (1.2 adults), NCIS: Los Angeles (1.3 adults), Madam Secretary (0.9 adults) and Elementary (0.7 adults).
NBC played the special Tom Brokaw: The First 50 Years. It earned a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers.
Back-to-back episodes of To Tell the Truth earned a 1.0 rating in the key demo on ABC. Those were after a boosted America's Funniest Home Videos, which posted a 1.2 rating in the key demo. The Conviction burn-off continued at 10 p.m., pulling a 0.5 rating.