TV Ratings: Michelle Obama Interview Boosts ABC, NFL Rules Sunday

The '20/20' special doesn't draw big demographic numbers but improves ABC's total audience by a sizable amount.
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Michelle Obama (left) and Robin Roberts on '20/20'

A 20/20 special with former first lady Michelle Obama didn't move the demographic needle for ABC Sunday, but it did increase the network's total audience.

The interview drew a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, on par with Shark Tank's season average in the 9 o'clock hour. The 5.5 million viewers for the special, however, were 60 percent more than usual and helped ABC to its most-watched Sunday night of the season thus far. 

Another special at 10, Country Music's Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight (0.4 demo, 3.46 million viewers) improved some on the numbers for the exiled Alec Baldwin Show (0.3, 1.75 million). America's Funniest Home Videos (0.8 in 18-49) and Dancing With the Stars: Juniors (0.6) were fairly steady.

NBC led the night by wide margins as Sunday Night Football posted another week of year-to-year gains, its eighth in the past nine weeks. The Dallas Cowboys' 27-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles posted a 13.3 household rating in metered markets, a 16 percent improvement over the week 10 matchup in 2017.

CBS also got a boost from football, as 60 Minutes (2.4 in 18-49) and God Friended Me (1.1) were on par with their last outings following the late-afternoon national NFL broadcast. NCIS: Los Angeles (0.8) was below average, but Madam Secretary was at its usual 0.6; all CBS numbers are subject to change due to a 7:40 p.m. ET start for the primetime lineup. 

The Simpsons (1.0) and Rel (0.5) each tied season lows on Fox. Bob's Burgers and Family Guy also recorded 1.0s, slightly ahead of their lows for the season. Supergirl ticked down to 0.3 on The CW and Charmed was steady at 0.3.

NBC's 4.8 rating in primetime (pending updates) beat the combined averages for CBS (1.7, pending updates), Fox (0.7), ABC (0.6) and The CW (0.3).