TV Ratings: 'Mulaney' Limps Onto Schedule, Postpremiere Drops Hit Sunday

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With NBC's Sunday Night Football again ruling the evening — it's off just a shade from last week in preliminary ratings — the hierarchy for second and third place was somewhat shifted after last week's slew of premieres

In fact, with NFL overrun of its own, CBS was the network most closely trailing NBC in the key demo. The resulting numbers are, of course, approximate, but after a new 60 Minutes, Madam Secretary improved 21 percent from last week with 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. If it holds, it will be the first notable week-to-week lift in live-plus-same-day showings for the freshman. The network already anticipates demo time-shifting of a 33 percent improvement. The Good Wife steadily pulled a 1.4 in the demo, and a similarly solid CSI (1.2 adults) closed out the night.

ABC's Once Upon a Time took an obvious hit after last week's Frozen-boosted return — though it wasn't a very dramatic fall. The series was down 16 percent to a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49. That easily made it the highest-rated nonsporting series of the night. Resurrection (1.8 adults) weathered a bigger hit, 18 percent, while Revenge (1.3 adults) shed two-tenths of a point.

Without a big NFL lead-in, all of Fox's lineup was down considerably. That didn't help the 9:30 p.m. series premiere of Mulaney. The sitcom joined the schedule with a mere 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers. The network projects a 50-percent improvement once live-plus-seven-day ratings are tallied, but it still stands as the lowest-rated debut of the season thus far.

Bob's Burgers (1.4 adults) started the night in better shape than last season's finales, while The Simpsons (2.0 adults) took a 49 percent drop from last week's lofted premiere. (Family Guy, averaging a 1.9 rating in the key demo, fell even more: 58 percent.)

As for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, its 1.6 rating with adults 18-49 marked a 38 percent drop from the week prior, and Fox puts seven-day time-shifting at 50 percent.