Primetime Ratings: ABC, CBS Split Win

Primetime Ratings: ABC, CBS Split Win

CBS' primetime experienced a 37-minute delay - and enjoyed a strong springboard - compliments of the NCAA basketball tournament overrun.

ABC and CBS tied for first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary numbers.

ABC's "American Idol" delivered credible numbers in its second Sunday outing, leading the night in the adults 18-49 demo. The kickoff to "Idol" s second week fell 26 percent in viewers and 22 percent in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, set against the series premiere of CBS' "Instinct" and return of NBC's "Little Big Shots".

"Instinct" grabbed 8.8 million viewers and 1.0 rating in the key demo from 8:30-9:30 p.m., coming out of "60 Minutes" (10 million viewers, 1.6 in adults 18-49) that was inflated by the NCAA coverage.

"American Idol" tripled ABC's delivery in the 2-hour time period year to year, rising over the year-ago night with "Once Upon a Time" and "Time After Time" by 234% in Total Viewers (7.7 million vs. 2.3 million) and by 200% Adults 18-49 (1.8/6 vs. 0.6/2). NCIS: Los Angeles slipped 11% to 0.8 and Madam Secretary did a flat 0.6. CBS had a big lead in viewers (9 million) over second-ranked ABC (6.2 million).

ABC started its evening with "America's Funniest Home Videos" and 5.3 million fans. From 8-10, "American Idol" put up a 1.7/6 and 7.7 million viewers.

NBC's 7 PM Little Big Shots was coded a special with its 8 PM episode (1.1, 7.5M) named the official premiere. At 9, the series premiere of "Genius Junior" got a 1.0/3 and 5.1 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 5.3 million. Fox's best showing came from "Family Guy" with 2.3 million fans.

On Fox, Brooklyn Nine-Nine returned to Sundays with a steady 0.9 rating among adults 18-49.