Sunday TV Ratings 9/19/21: Emmys Rise from 2020 with Post-NFL Airing, To Tell The Truth Ends on a Low, Fantasy Island Finale Steady (UPDATED)

Preliminary Analysis: With major help from the 'NFL Overrun' (4.1), CBS's telecast of the '73rd Primetime Emmy Awards' (1.5) gained five-tenths when compared to 2020's preliminary rating (1.0). The Cedric the Entertainer-hosted gala barely retained more than a third of the football audience but any sort of upward trend is welcome when considering how far the 'Emmys' have fallen in recent years. Over on NBC, the 'Chiefs v. Ravens' NFL game (4.8) was seven-tenths above the preliminary 4.1 that last week's 'Bears v. Rams' game garnered. As it usually does, 'Football Night in America' (1.7/4.3) will likely adjust down heavily. Though they were largely lost in the shuffle, ABC used the evening to end its summer programming block. 'Celebrity Family Feud' (0.5) held flat for its finale, tying the 7pm 'AFV' rerun (0.5) in the process. 'The Chase' (0.3) and 'To Tell The Truth' (0.2) both lost a tenth for their respective closers, with 'Truth' in new low territory. Fox reaired their 'Masked Singer + Alter Ego' sneak peak (1.1) and the special actually rose by two-tenths from last week's original broadcast, clearly benefiting from more direct NFL assistance. At 8, the 'Fantasy Island' season finale (0.3) was two-tenths behind last Sunday but on-par with its normal Tuesday performance. Reruns of 'Simpsons' (0.4) and 'Family Guy' (0.1) sandwiched the 'Island' finale. The CW had an encore of 'Penn & Teller' (0.1) and an invisible 'Wellington Paranormal' (0.0/0.0).

Finals Update: The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards (+0.3), NFL Overrun (+2.7), NFL: Chiefs v. Ravens (+1.2), To Tell the Truth (+0.1), and repeats of The Simpsons (+0.1) and Family Guy (+0.1) adjusted up. Both episodes of Football Night in America (-1.0, -1.2) and the 7 PM repeat of The Masked Singer & Alter Ego Sneak Peak (-0.9) adjusted down.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


7 PMNFL Overrun6.75/4624.29CBS

Football Night in America0.73/52.96NBC

America's Funniest Home Videos (R)0.51/34.46ABC

The Masked Singer & Alter Ego Sneak Peak (R)0.20/10.81Fox
7:30 PMThe Simpsons (R)0.48/31.43Fox
8 PMFootball Night in America3.14/2010.30NBC

73rd Primetime Emmy Awards1.81/117.83CBS

Celebrity Family Feud (F)0.50/34.13ABC

Fantasy Island (F)0.30/21.71Fox

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (R)0.06/00.45The CW
8:30 PMNFL: Chiefs v. Ravens5.95/3619.81NBC
9 PMThe Chase (F)0.34/23.18ABC

The Masked Singer & Alter Ego Sneak Peak (R)0.21/10.98Fox

Wellington Paranomal0.02/00.19The CW
9:30 PMFamily Guy (R)
Wellington Paranomal (R)
The CW
10 PMTo Tell the Truth (F)0.26/22.36ABC
(R) = repeat
(F) = finale

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