Fox’s drama Accused bought off to a powerful begin — with an enormous help from the NFL — on Sunday, and HBO’s The Final of Us grew considerably with its second episode. Soccer nonetheless dominated the weekend, as standard.
Accused premiered to eight.71 million viewers and a 2.08 ranking amongst adults 18-49 following Fox’s telecast of the NFC divisional playoff recreation between the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. Each figures are one of the best same-day Nielsen rankings for a sequence premiere this season, topping Night time Court docket’s 7.55 million viewers and 0.98 18-49 ranking earlier within the week on NBC.
Accused additionally had an enormous lead-in: The 49ers-Cowboys recreation averaged 45.65 million viewers for Fox, and virtually 24 million of these folks caught round for the 11-minute postgame present. The drama strikes into its common dwelling Tuesday following the season premiere of 911: Lone Star. Two different Fox reveals, Monarch and Alert: Lacking Individuals Unit, additionally debuted following (common season) NFL video games this 12 months and misplaced greater than half of their post-football audiences of their subsequent outing.
The opposite NFL divisional video games additionally racked up massive audiences. NBC’s Kansas Metropolis Chiefs-Jacksonville Jaguars broadcast on Saturday afternoon averaged 34.3 million cross-platform viewers, together with streaming on Peacock, NBC Sports activities and NFL digital properties. The community telecast had about 94 % of that complete with 32.31 million.
Fox’s primetime Saturday recreation between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants introduced in 28.64 million viewers, the bottom tally of the weekend, and CBS bought 39.32 million for its Sunday afternoon telecast of the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Payments. NBC’s recreation and the 2 Sunday contests have been all up a bit of vs. the identical home windows 12 months to 12 months, however the Eagles-Giants telecast was off by greater than 20 %, resulting in a slight downtick in viewers (lower than 2 %) in comparison with a 12 months in the past.
As for The Final of Us, HBO says Sunday’s episode drew 5.7 million viewers throughout all platforms, up from 4.7 million for its premiere. The 22 % week to week progress is the most important week two leap ever for an HBO unique sequence.