Fast National ratings for Sunday, April 12, 2015.
The conclusion of Jordan Spieth's record Masters run extended into primetime on Sunday, boosting CBS' slate and carrying the network to victory in most measures.
Other than the sport-skewed CBS lineup, most of the competition struggled on Sunday, with NBC's “A.D.” and “American Odyssey” both taking dips and ABC's “Revenge” slipping below The Mulaney Line in the key demo.
It almost certainly didn't help that the broadcast networks had to compete with the season premiere of “Game of Thrones” and, to a lesser degree, the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. Those numbers will come later/eventually.
On to Sunday's network Fast Nationals…
Among adults 18-49, CBS averaged a 1.4 rating for Sunday night, tops in the key demographic. ABC was second with a 1.2 key demo rating, followed by the 1.0 key demo rating for both NBC and FOX on the night.
Overall, CBS routed the competition with an estimated 10.215 million viewers and a 6.4 rating/11 share for Sunday night. NBC and ABC both did a 3.0/5, with NBC averaging 4.99 million viewers to edge out the 4.76 million for ABC. FOX averaged 2.48 million viewers and a 1.5/2.
7 p.m. – The presentation of the Masters green jacket carried 16 minutes into primetime on the right side of the country and combined with “60 Minutes” to help CBS averaged 12.94 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 for the hour. ABC was far back in second with 5.42 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating for “America's Funniest Home Videos.” NBC's “Dateline” averaged 3.48 million viewers, far ahead of the 1.53 million viewers for FOX's “Simpsons” and “Bob's Burgers” repeats, while both networks did a 0.6 rating in the key demo.
8 p.m. – CBS stayed in first overall in the 8 p.m. hour with 11.89 million viewers for “Madam Secretary” (and a chunk of “60 Minutes”), but the network fell to second with a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's “Once Upon a Time” was second with 5.02 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.6 key demo rating. NBC's encore of last week's “A.D.” premiere averaged 4.68 million viewers for third and a 0.9 key demo rating for fourth on the hour. FOX was fourth overall and third in the key demo with a “Simpsons” repeat (2.17 million and a 0.9 key demo) and a rare new “Family Guy” (3.08 million and a 1.5 key demo)
9 p.m. – “The Good Wife” (and a bit of “Madam Secretary”) averaged 9.16 million viewers to win the 9 p.m. hour for CBS, but finished fourth with a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's “A.D.” finished second with 7.625 million viewers and dominated the hour with a 1.7 key demo rating, even if that key demo rating was down by over 25 percent. ABC's “Secrets and Lies” was third with 4.735 million viewers and tied for second with a 1.3 key demo rating. FOX's two new “Last Man on Earth” episodes averaged 3.295 million viewers and tied for second with a 1.3 key demo rating.
10 p.m. – “Battle Creek” (and a little “Good Wife”) averaged 6.87 million viewers to win the 10 p.m. hour and finished tied for second with a 0.8 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's “American Odyssey” was second with 4.17 million viewers and also tied for second with a 0.8 key demo rating. ABC's “Revenge” won the hour with a 0.9 key demo rating and finished third with 3.87 million viewers.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.