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ABC’s Sunday lineup had an inauspicious start in the ratings for Oct. 7.
Dancing With the Stars Juniors premiered to a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49, off two-tenths of a point from the average for the grown-up version of the competition over its first two weeks of the season. Shark Tank followed with a series-low 0.6 for its 10th season premiere, down more than half from last season’s opener (1.3).
America’s Funniest Home Videos matched the 0.7 for its premiere a week ago.
NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecast was up year-to-year for the fourth straight week in preliminary numbers: It averaged a 12.4 household rating in metered markets, a 17 percent bump versus the same night in 2017. The Texans-Cowboys game was on par with last week’s 12.3.
The Simpsons got a bump in week two thanks to Fox having the national broadcast of the late-afternoon NFL game. It scored a 1.8 in the 18-49 demo, up from 1.4 for its premiere the previous week. Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy (both 1.2) are fairly steady, and Rel slipped a tenth of a point to 0.7.
Without a national NFL lead-in, CBS’ shows all came in under 1.0 in adults 18-49. God Friended Me (0.9) was the best of the lot, while 60 Minutes and NCIS: Los Angeles each drew 0.8s. Madam Secretary premiered to a 0.6, in line with its 2017-18 average but down from 0.8 for its premiere last season.
NBC currently has a 4.5 average among adults 18-49, pending updates for its live NFL coverage, and will probably adjust up in the finals. Fox is second at 2.2, also pending updates. CBS averaged 0.8 for the night and ABC 0.7.
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