TV Ratings: 'Simpsons' Hits Season High With 'Treehouse of Horror'

Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episode
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Aided by a big NFL lead-in The Simpsons' annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode drew season-high ratings in Sunday's final Nielsen figures. The weekend brought more solid numbers for Saturday Night Live and the Hallmark Channel's holiday movies as well, and Fox News had a bigger than usual Sunday night with its weekday primetime hosts doing special editions of their shows.

The 31st "Treehouse of Horror" — delayed two weeks by Fox's baseball postseason coverage — drew The Simpsons' largest same-day audience of the season (4.83 million viewers) and tied a season high among adults 18-49 with a 1.7 rating. Bless the Harts (2.23 million, 0.8) and Bob's Burgers (1.9 million, 0.8) also reached season highs, and Family Guy (1.83 million, 0.7) tied its 18-49 high. Fox's late afternoon NFL game averaged just under 23 million viewers, boosting the primetime lineup.

NBC's Sunday Night Football brought in 16.93 million viewers and a 4.9 rating in the 18-49 demo, five-week highs in both measures and easily the best primetime marks Sunday. The game was down about 8 percent in total viewers compared to last year. ABC's Supermarket Sweep (3.52 million viewers, 0.8 in 18-49) and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (3.24 million, 0.5) were off bit, while Card Sharks held steady.

On cable Sunday, Fox News ran special editions of Tucker Carlson Tonight (4.42 million viewers), Hannity (4 million) and The Ingraham Angle (3.72 million). It was the most watched pre-election Sunday in the channel's history and up 58 percent over the comparable night in 2016.

Saturday Night Live scored 6.84 million viewers and a 1.3 in adults 18-49 for NBC on Saturday. The show is running about 15 percent ahead of its 2019-20 average in total viewers and is up 11 percent in adults 18-49. ABC's primetime college football game earned season highs of 6.53 million viewers and a 1.6 in the demo.

Hallmark's two original movies over the weekend also drew well: One Royal Holiday brought in 3.11 million people on Saturday, and Sunday's On the 12th Date of Christmas averaged 2.82 million.

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