Sunday TV Ratings 9/27/20: Bless the Harts Returns Weak Behind NFL-Boosted The Simpsons and Drags Down Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy, NFL Sunday Night Football Rises, Big Brother Slips (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: For the first time since 2014, Fox had the NFL Overrun (4.8) to boost the toons on season premiere night and lift all boats. As a result, 'The Simpsons' (2.0) barreled past its tepid debut from last September (0.9) and was the highest-rated scripted series of the week by a wide margin. Unfortunately for Fox, the second season premiere of 'Bless the Harts' (0.8) soaked up all that lead-in juice before it could reach the 9pm comedies. 'Harts' may have been a tenth above last year's premiere but it also lost a sizable 60% of its 'Simpsons' lead-in. 'Bob's Burgers' (0.7) and 'Family Guy' (0.7) were both even with their year-ago premieres but still far below one would expect from a football-boosted evening. 

NBC's 'Packers v. Saints' NFL game (4.3) came in nearly a full point behind last week's game (5.2) but still has a chance to adjust up in finals. The game was preceded by a sturdy 'Football Night in America' (3.6). CBS's '60 Minutes' (0.7) took a steep nine-tenth drop without NFL help while 'Big Brother' (0.9) only lost two-tenths on a week-to-week basis. 'Love Island' (0.4) was a tenth below last week and steady with its last episode, the reality-series led into a repeat of 'NCIS: New Orleans' (0.2). ABC had a passable repeat of 'AFV' (0.4), a meager '$ellebrity' 20/20 special (0.3), and a frighteningly low 'Card Sharks' encore (0.1). The CW had an iHeartRadio Music Festival (0.1) but forgot to send out the invitations. 

Finals Update: Fox's 'NFL Overrun' (6.6, +1.9), NBC's Sunday Night Football game (5.3, +1.0), and CBS's 'Big Brother' (1.0, +0.1) all adjusted up. Football Night in America part 2 (0.4, -1.0), and part 3 (1.8, -1.8) adjusted down on NBC as did the season premiere of 'The Simpsons' (1.7, -0.3) over on Fox. 



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


7 PMNFL Overrun6.6/4122.79Fox

60 Minutes0.7/47.56CBS

America's Funniest Home Videos (R)0.4/33.41ABC

Football Night in America Pt. 20.4/31.95NBC
8 PMFootball Night In America Pt. 31.8/106.70NBC

The Simpsons (P)

Big Brother1.0/64.15CBS

$ellebrity: The Go-To Girls0.3/21.90ABC

iHeartRadio Music Festival0.1/00.47The CW
8:30 PMNFL: Packers v. Saints5.3/2917.80NBC

Bless the Harts (P)0.8/42.05Fox
9 PMBob's Burgers (P)0.7/41.77Fox

Love Island0.4/31.71CBS
9:30 PMFamily Guy (P)0.7/41.86Fox
10 PMNCIS: New Orleans (R)0.2/11.60CBS

Card Sharks (R)0.1/11.16ABC
(P) = premiere
(R) = repeat

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