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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  • s0303

    guess the good wife isn’t hurting the mentalist after all…even a worse rating with the amazing race as a lead-in…

  • RJ

    Hallmark Hall of Fame is slowly rising. The title is a bit misleading. I believe that is an ABC high.

  • Diane

    Looks like NBC live football 9to 11 Pm impacted The Mentalist.

  • DougF

    I guess the animation really does dominate

  • Phil

    Happy for The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers!!! They deserve more viewership!

  • POIFanatic

    The Mentalist’s ratings kinda scare me now.

  • CenterGravity

    CBS is Red Johnning the Mentalist!

  • CBSviewer

    I think The Mentalist will be canceled. It got a 1.6 and 7.9 million viewers on its usual timeslot.
    CSI: NY made more money than Miami last year and it’s certainly making more money than The Mentalist and The Good Wife this year !

  • Max Vrany

    @Diane, and it hasn’t every other Sunday this season?

  • RJ

    ABC Hallmark ratings: 1.1, 1.6, 1.5. The 1.8 is a high for ABC.


    @ rob60990

    So you again were right re: Hallmark Movie stats. Good show!

  • Jesse

    Who’s the guy in the picture? Looks like a young Johnny Depp.

  • Mike

    I’m pissed that the Simpsons gets to follow football. It should be Family Guy. It would reach over 4.0!

  • Dan

    The Mentalist may actually be in trouble, its possible CBS could choose Good Wife over it only because they own Good Wife. Sunday at 10pm has become the new death slot for shows (Cold Case, CSI Miami)

  • rob60990

    “Who’s the guy in the picture? Looks like a young Johnny Depp.”

    Sean Faris.

  • American

    Thought Amazing Race would be higher…oh well.

  • MadMenFan

    For the simpsons is really easy to get good ratings with the football as a lead in. In the spring it will go down, like it did last year. Great numbers for american dad :)

  • Bazza

    Well the Simpsons is doing great
    Bob’s burgers and American dad are doing good
    But family guy is doing bad, its still the second most watched but not by much and the Simpsons is getting stronger.
    Or maybe the Simpsons have a better time as there is only a 10 minute overlap with the NFL.

  • Oliver

    Who’s the guy in the picture? Looks like a young Johnny Depp.

    More like a budget Tom Cruise.

  • MadMenFan

    You are right, family guy could do so much better than the simpsons!

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