8:44am PT by Rick Porter
TV Ratings: 'Simpsons' and 'Sunday Night Football' Hit Season Highs
The NFL lifted several networks' ratings Sunday night, with The Simpsons earning a season high in adults 18-49 and NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast also earning its best marks of the season.
With Fox's national NFL game running well into the first hour of primetime, The Simpsons earned a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demo, its best of the season so far. Bob's Burgers (1.3) tied its season high and Family Guy (1.1) and Rel (0.6) matched their last outings two weeks ago.
Sunday Night Football delivered a 15.6 household rating in metered markets for a marquee game between the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. It's the best preliminary rating of the season for SNF and the best for a week nine matchup since NBC started airing primetime games in 2006.
CBS' 60 Minutes (1.2, up from 0.8) also improved week to week, pending updates as NFL games pushed the network's primetime schedule back in several markets. God Friended Me (0.8) ticked up a little vs. a week ago, NCIS: Los Angeles (0.7) came down slightly and Madam Secretary (0.6) was steady.
ABC got a 1.0 — the network's best 8-10 p.m. Sunday performance so far this season — from the special Mickey's 90th Spectacular, celebrating the creation of Mickey Mouse. It didn't help The Alec Baldwin Show, however, as it stayed low at 0.3. Supergirl (0.4) and Charmed (0.3) held steady for The CW.
NBC averaged a 5.4 among adults 18-49 in primetime, easily topping Fox's 2.5 (pending updates for both networks). ABC and CBS tied for third at 0.8, and The CW came in at 0.4.