TV Ratings: 'God Friended Me' Has OK Start, Football Grows Again

GOD FRIENDED ME - Brandon Micheal Hall -Sept. 30 - Publicity-H 2018

CBS' new series God Friended Me got off to an OK, if not heavenly, start Sunday night, a little late thanks to the NFL.

The show, which premiered at 8:43 p.m. ET after CBS' primetime lineup was pushed back for a late-ending football game, is currently at a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and about 10.4 million viewers. Those numbers are likely to change some in the final ratings, but the demo is fairly close to where Wisdom of the Crowd debuted in the same spot a year ago (1.3) In viewers, however, it's a good bit ahead of Wisdom's 8.83 million and could end up as the most-watched series debut of the week.  

Following God Friended Me, NCIS: Los Angeles (1.1, pending updates) came in lower than last season's debut of 1.3. 

NBC's Sunday Night Football posted its third straight week of year-to-year growth in the preliminary numbers. The Pittsburgh Steelers' loss to the Baltimore Ravens drew a 12.3 household rating in metered markets, up 12 percent vs. the same week last year (11.0).  

The season 30 premiere of The Simpsons benefited from an NFL overrun, scoring a 1.8 in the 18-49 demo, pending updates. That's up from 1.4 from its 2017 premiere. Bob's Burgers and Family Guy each scored 1.2, and Rel made its time-period debut with a 0.8, slightly below the 0.9 for The Last Man on Earth in the same spot in 2017.

ABC got a 0.8 from the season premiere of America's Funniest Home Videos, then aired the Disney movie Frozen and a Shark Tank rerun.

NBC led the network rankings with a 4.5 among adults 18-49 in primetime, pending updates. CBS' 1.9 beat Fox's 1.4 for second (both of those are pending updates as well), and ABC trailed with a 0.6.