Despite a close matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans that went into overtime, NBC's Sunday Night Football dipped once again.
Among Nielsen's metered markets, the overnight rating for SNF fell for the third straight week, this time to a 9.0 overnight households rating. That drop came despite the fact that the Texans put 14 points on the board in the fourth quarter to tie the game and defeat the Colts in overtime. However, NBC still easily topped the night.
Fox also scored a victory with the 600th episode of The Simpsons, which doubled its showing from a week ago, grabbing a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49. (An NFL overrun may have also helped boost numbers in addition to the special episode.) Son of Zorn (1.5 adults), Family Guy (1.6) and Last Man on Earth (1.1) were all steady from their last new episodes, which aired two weeks ago because of the second presidential debate last Sunday.
It wasn't all good news, however, as ABC saw dips for two of its dramas. Once Upon a Time (1.1 adults) fell two-tenths to match its series low. Quantico (0.8 adults) also fell two-tenths, logging a series low following its break last week. Sandwiched between them, Secrets and Lies (1.0 adults) was even.
On CBS, NCIS: Los Angeles dipped two-tenths to a 1.3 rating. Madam Secretary (1.1 adults) and Elementary (0.7 adults) were steady from their most recent episodes on Oct. 2.