8:53am PT by Rick Porter
TV Ratings: NFL Scores Big Sunday, American Music Awards Plummet
The NFL's two showcase games posted big ratings on Sunday, with both Fox's late afternoon broadcast and NBC's primetime contest drawing their largest audiences since the first week of the season. The American Music Awards were not so fortunate, drawing their smallest audience ever as awards shows continue to struggle. On cable, HBO's The Undoing hit a same-day high in linear ratings.
Fox's 4:25 p.m. ET NFL telecast — Green Bay at Indianapolis for most of the country — drew 23.91 million viewers. It's the second most watched game of the season behind the network's opening week game (25.85 million). NBC's Sunday Night Football averaged 19.57 million viewers, its best mark since the Thursday kickoff game in early September.
CBS' single window was also up week to week, while Fox's early doubleheader coverage was down from last week's unusually high number (though slightly ahead of the season average for that window).
The big NFL lead-in on Fox helped The Simpsons scored its second highest adults 18-49 rating (1.5) of the season, to go with 4.41 million viewers. The rest of the network's animated lineup was fairly steady.
The American Music Awards limped to 4.01 million viewers, a 40 percent drop from the 2019 show, and a 1.0 in adults 18-49, down 41 percent year to year. As was the case for the Emmys, CMA Awards and ACM Awards, the AMAs hit an all-time low.
CBS' 60 Minutes drew Sunday's biggest non-football audience with 9.3 million viewers. NCIS: Los Angeles (5.6 million viewers, 0.6 in adults 18-49) lost some viewers week to week, but NCIS: New Orleans (4.9 million, 0.5) ticked up.
The next to last episode of The Undoing had its best on-air numbers to date with 1.28 million viewers. The Nicole Kidman-Hugh Grant limited series has improved its linear audience in every episode so far; HBO says the premiere has drawn more than 7 million viewers across all platforms to date. TLC's 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way led Sunday's cable slate in both adults 18-49 (0.7) and total viewers (2.63 million).
Dick Clark Productions, the producer of the American Music Awards, shares a parent company with The Hollywood Reporter.
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