TV Ratings Sunday: 'The Amazing Race' Finale, 'Family Guy' & 'The Mentalist' Down, 'The Simpsons' & 'Bob's Burgers' Up; Christmas With Holly' Not So Festive

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December 10th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.7/14 3.5/9 2.2/5 1.6/4 1.4/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.8/14 3.3/10 1.3/4 1.0/3 1.3/4
Total Viewers (million) 15.932 8.545 9.583 6.673 3.420


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football),  & CBS (Football Overruns in some markets) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, Sunday Night Football (Packers/Lions) scored a preliminary 6.9 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11:00PM, up from last week's preliminary 6.6  rating.

On FOX, Football Overrun (Saints/Giants) earned a 6.1 adults 18-49 rating.  The Simpsons garnered a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating up 3% from a 3.3 for its last original on November 25. Bob’s Burgers scored a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating up 17% from last week’s 1.8. Family Guy earned a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating down 3% from a 2.9 for its most recent episode on November 25.  American Dad notched a 2.2 up 5% from last week's 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 60 Minutes scored a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, down 42% from a 3.3 for last week’s football-delayed episode. The two-house season finale of The Amazing Race earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating down 4%  from last week’s 2.7 and down 31% from last year's fall finale on December 11, 2011. It tied as the show's lowest rated finale ever.  The Mentalist garnered a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating, down 11% from a 1.8 for its most previous new episode on November 25.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.4, down 13% from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Prep & Landing  notched a 1.4 up 27%  from a 1.1  for its last telecast on December 23, 2011. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice garnered a 1.4 up 27% from a 1.1 on December 23, 2011.  scored a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, up 13% from a 1.6 for the previous HHOF movie Firelighton April 22 and ranking as ABC's highest rated Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, December 9, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football (Saints at Giants) - Live / The O.T 6.1/17 17.32
NBC Football Night in America Part 1 - Live 2.3/6 7.097
CBS 60 Minutes 1.9/5 11.77
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.4/4 6.49
7:30 NBC  Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 3.3/9 9.63
8:00 NBC  Football Night in America Part 3 - Live 5.4/13 16.06
FOX  The Simpsons 3.4/9 7.50
CBS The Amazing Race (8-10PM) Season Finale 2.6/6 8.54
ABC Disney Prep & Landing - R 1.4/3 4.90
8:30 NBC NFL Football : Lions at Packers-  Live (8:30-11PM)
6.9/17 18.94
FOX Bob's Burgers 2.1/5 4.59
 ABC  Disney Prep & Landing Naughty Versus Nice - R  1.4/3  4.78
9 :00 FOX Family Guy 2.8/7 5.62
ABC Christmas With Holly (9-11PM) 1.8/4 7.68
9:30 FOX American Dad 2.2/5 4.65
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 1.6/4 7.89

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.



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  • JR

    The two Prep and Landing shows are being counted as one program?

  • jenny

    American Dad Total Viewers is wrong

  • tv_viewer

    I wonder why Max isn’t the first this time?

  • rob60990

    Christmas With Holly did ok. That’s higher than what the Hallmark movies were doing last year for ABC.

    The Mentalist had a better lead-in and still did bad. It’s dead.

  • Joseph

    Go American dad! Viewers look wrong though!!

  • Oliver

    Horrible ratings for The Mentalist.

  • rob60990

    “The two Prep and Landing shows are being counted as one program?”

    They were 2 separate specials so no they should not be counted as 1 program. They both had a 1.4 but the 1st one got 4.9 million and the 2nd got 4.77.

  • Tommy

    Personally I’m impressed with the rating for “Christmas with Holly.” I watched it last night and enjoyed it more than I initially thought I would, but I was expecting a 1.2-1.4 at the extreme most. But a 1.8 considering how lackluster “666 Park Ave” ratings are is pretty impressive.

  • Rebecca

    Watched AFV, found a Seinfeld rerun somewhere afterwards, and watched Bob’s Burgers. Some time between Bob’s Burgers and Family Guy (or during) they showed more of the new Griswolds’ Old Navy ads….loving those this year (so far there’s no Leonard from TBBT in his old Rusty role, but the latest ad has the grown kid from European Vacation and Anthony Michael Hall as the original Rusty). Awesome.

  • Dodge Hickey

    0.65 million for American Dad? Someone miss a digit or two? (I understand Demo is the one to look at but I am wondering if there is a mistake with millions)

  • DeanW

    The Mentalist is on its way for Cancelation ?


    ABC dead last for night

    Do we still blame TGW for the 1.6 TM scored

  • Ram510

    Good job American Dad and Simpsons

  • Max Vrany

    CBS only had a 5 minute overrun in select markets (Philly, Atlanta, Florida (not Tallahasee, Gainesville and Jacksonville), Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Charlotte, St. Louis, Fargo), so the above numbers should be fairly accurate.

  • erwan from france

    Simpsons are indestructibles !!! Yeah !!!!!!!

  • Ram510

    I would’ve thought The Mentalist could do a lot better than that with no Good Wife dragging it down. Maybe people have just lost interest finally

  • gerry

    @ tv viewer – because revenge wasn’t on

  • Kurt

    When the Packers game became one-sided around 10:45 I made the mistake of switching over to Christmas with Holly. If I were a diabetic, that ending would have put me into a sugar coma. Amazed that syrupy nonsense got as good a rating as it did. Only at Christmas…

  • MDM

    Go Bob! Glad it went up.


    Rather than Christmas with Holly, watched “The Lady In the Lake” on TCM for my Christmas movie

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