9:45am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Disneyland Anniversary Special Tops Quiet Sunday
There was a lot of self-celebration on broadcast Sunday night, with two networks rolling out nostalgic specials.
Facing the formidable Walking Dead on AMC, its premiere already rising to 19.1 million viewers with live-plus-three day stats, ABC led the Big Four with its Disneyland 60. The ode to the network's corporate sibling theme park averaged a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers over its two-hour run. ABC also had a new episode of Shark Tank, though it was humbled from its typical Friday showing with a 1.2 rating in the demo.
NBC had its own special, reuniting the casts of classic comedies that were directed by James Burrows. The two-hour special, timed to Burrows' 1000th episode of TV, earned a 1.3 rating in the key demo and 5.5 million viewers. That was after a new Dateline, which pulled a 1.2 rating with adults 18-49.
Fox's block of steady originals held with Bob's Burgers (1.1 adults), The Simpsons (1.4 adults), Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life (0.8 adults), Family Guy (1.3 adults) and Bordertown (0.7 adults). On CBS, the trio of The Good Wife (1.1 adults), Madam Secretary (1.2 adults), The Good Wife (1.0 adults) and CSI: Cyber (0.9 adults) all held steady.