TV Ratings: 'Madam Secretary' Brings a Crowd, 'The Good Wife' Returns

The NFL rules on NBC and delays CBS' primetime dramas
'Madam Secretary'

Going up against NBC's winning Sunday Night Football, CBS' crop of originals will likely see some adjustment thanks to their own NFL lead-in.

CBS' overage had 60 Minutes, the premiere of Madam Secretary and The Good Wife all delayed on the East Coast. That said, the lofty lead-in proved especially good for 60 Minutes. Preliminary numbers give it the most-watched premiere (18.2 million viewers) since 1997. In the adults 18-49 demo, it took a 3.6 rating.

Madam Secretary, huge with 14.7 million viewers, saw a softer showing in the demo with a 2.0 rating with final adjustments now in. The Good Wife returned with 9.95 million viewers, its most-watched since 2011, but down from a year ago in the demo. The wealthy-skewing and DVR-friendly drama took a 1.3 rating with adults under 50.

As for Sunday Night Football, which will see its own fast nationals adjusted later as well, the metered-market results have the game down a touch from last week. It averaged a 12.3 rating among households and a 20 share. Among adults 18-49, where it will see a big lift in the finals, the game averaged a preliminary 7.2 rating.

Elsewhere on the Big Four, ABC and Fox both aired reruns — with the exception of a new American Dad (1.4 adults) on the latter, airing its last episode before moving to TBS.