Sunday TV Ratings 3/20/22: An Audience with Adele Modest on NBC, American Idol Sinks, March Madness Boosts CBS (UPDATED)


Ratings Analysis: 'An Audience with Adele' (0.34) made very little noise on NBC and was a far cry from the singer's CBS special that aired in November 2021 (1.65). The only silver lining was that the English songwriter did manage to beat the 'America's Got Talent: Extreme' rerun (0.20) and 'Weakest Link' original (0.27, +0.06) that came before it. On ABC, 'American Idol' (0.65, -0.30) plummeted to a new season low, but the 10PM 'Step Into the Movies' special (0.34) was only four-hundredths lower than last week's episode of 'The Rookie' (0.38). A solid repeat of 'America's Funniest Home Videos' (0.41) occupied the 7PM hour. Thanks to a boost from March Madness, '60 Minutes' (1.04, +0.31) grew by three-tenths and climbed to a level it normally doesn't touch outside of the fall months. CBS dramas 'The Equalizer' (0.65, +0.03), 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (0.53, +0.09), and 'SWAT' (0.49, +0.02) had more modest gains when compared to 'Minutes'. Fox used 'NASCAR' (0.55) to help a 'Welcome to Flatch' pilot encore (0.23) outpace its first-run broadcast (0.20). From there, animated staple 'The Simpsons' (0.29, -0.03) slipped to a new series low, but 'The Great North' (0.26, +0.03) and 'Bob's Burgers' (0.35, +0.02) improved from the depressed ratings they posted a week prior. 'Family Guy' (0.33) held flat in the 9:30PM timeslot. The CW's 'Riverdale' (0.05, -0.01) tied its series low for its first Sunday episode as 'March' (0.02, -0.01) also shed a hundredth. 

Finals Update: 'American Idol' (+0.1), 'Weakest Link' (+0.1), 'The Great North' (+0.1), and 'Bob's Burgers' (+0.1) adjusted up. '60 Minutes' (-1.1), 'The Equalizer' (-0.1), and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' (-0.1) adjusted down.



18-49 Rating/Share

Viewers (mil)


7 PM60 Minutes1.04/8


America's Funniest Home Videos (R)0.41/44.25ABC

America's Got Talent: Extreme (R)0.20/21.29NBC
7:30 PMWelcome to Flatch (R)0.23/21.13Fox
8 PMThe Equalizer

American Idol0.65/55.40ABC

The Simpsons0.29/21.04Fox

Weakest Link0.27/21.86NBC

Riverdale0.05/00.23The CW
8:30 PMThe Great North0.26/20.78Fox
9 PMNCIS: Los Angeles0.53/45.60CBS

Bob's Burgers0.35/31.01Fox

An Audience with Adele0.34/32.11NBC

March0.02/00.10The CW
9:30 PMFamily Guy0.33/21.14Fox
10 PMSWAT0.49/53.94 CBS

Step Into the Movies with The Houghs0.34/33.14ABC
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