8:39am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Quantico' Holds Premiere Haul, Football Wins All
The Cowboys-Saints match-up on Sunday Night Football took bragging rights on Sunday, with preliminary ratings up again compared to the comparable week during the 2014-15 season. Among metered market households, the game averaged a 14.8 rating.
ABC had some promising news at 10 p.m. After last week's solid, if not spectacular debut of Quantico, the drama didn't shed any of its initial adults 18-49 score, nabbing a 1.9 rating in the key demo. And that followed an even more promising initial live-plus-three day rating. Quantico's premiere rose 63 percent to a 3.1 rating in the key demo after time-shifting.
While Once Upon a Time (1.8 adults) also remained steady with last week, the same cannot be said of Blood and Oil. The drama dropped two-tenths of a point to just a 1.2 rating with adults 18-49.
Football overrun saw CBS' drama premieres delayed — and their initial ratings likely skewed because of that. Prior to time zone adjustments, Madam Secretary returned to a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49. That's off half of a point from the 2014 series debut. The Good Wife raked in a 1.2 rating in the key demo, off three-tenths of a point, while CSI: Cyber logged just a 1.0 rating. (The last series in the franchise aired on Wednesdays this past spring.)
After football overrun of its own, Fox had boosted episodes of The Simpsons (2.6 adults), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.9 adults), Family Guy (1.7 adults) and Last Man on Earth (1.5 adults).