Fast National ratings for Sunday, March 8, 2015.
The first primetime of Daylight Saving Time saw a slew of drops on Sunday, though it's unclear home much springing forward really had to do with declines for “Last Man on Earth” and “Battle Creek,” which were also probably just suffering normal Week 2 dips.
“Last Man on Earth” and “Family Guy” helped FOX tie for the Sunday title among young viewers with “Once Upon a Time”-led ABC, while “Madam Secretary” and “60 Minutes” still carried CBS to a comfortable victory overall.
Of the shows premiering last Sunday, ABC's “Secrets & Lies” suffered the smallest drops and easily beat “Revenge” in every measure on my ratings sheet.
Let's get to the numbers…
Among adults 18-49, ABC and FOX both averaged a 1.5 rating for Sunday night, far ahead of CBS' 1.0 rating in the key demographic. NBC averaged a 0.8 key demo rating for Sunday.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 9.29 million viewers and a 5.9 rating/10 share, easily winning Sunday primetime. ABC was a distant second with 5.98 million viewers and a 3.6/6. NBC's 2.3/4 and 3.55 million viewers edged out FOX's 3.32 million viewers and 1.9/3 for the night.
7 p.m. – “60 Minutes” led the 7 p.m. hour overall for CBS with 10.295 million viewers, finishing tied for second with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's “America's Funniest Home Videos” averaged 6.575 million viewers for second and won the hour with a 1.4 key demo rating. NBC's “The Voice” encore was third with 2.61 million viewers and fourth with a 0.5 key demo rating, compared to FOX's “Simpsons” repeat (2.42 million and a 0.9 key demo) and a new “Bob's Burgers” (2.47 million and a 1.1 key demo rating).
8 p.m. – “Madam Secretary” kept CBS in first for the 8 p.m. hour with 10.805 million viewers and tied for third with a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's “Once Upon a Time” was second with 6.63 million viewers and had the night's top 18-49 number with a 2.1 key demo rating. NBC's “The Voice” averaged 4.29 million viewers for fourth and also tied for third with a 1.1 key demo rating. FOX was fourth overall and second in the key demo with “The Simpsons” (3.73 million and a 1.6 key demo) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (3.07 million and a 1.4 key demo).
9 p.m. – “Good Wife” averaged 9.06 million viewers to win the 9 p.m. hour and finished third with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's “Secrets & Lies” was second with 5.88 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating. FOX won the hour in the key demo and was third overall with “Family Guy” (3.95 million and a 2.0 key demo) and “Last Man on Earth” (4.285 million and a 1.8 key demo rating). The first hour of NBC's “Escape” averaged 3.64 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating.
10 p.m. – CBS completed its overall sweep with nearly 7 million viewers for “Battle Creek,” which tied for second with a 0.8 key demo rating. ABC's “Revenge” was second with 4.84 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. NBC's “Escape” averaged 3.65 million viewers and a 0.8 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.