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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

 

Scoreboard NBC  FOX CBS ABC UNI
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

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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

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

 

Definitions:

Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. The figures may include stations that did not air the entire network feed, as well as local news breaks or cutaways for local coverage or other programming. Fast Affiliate ratings are not as useful for live programs and are likely to differ significantly from the final results, because the data reflect normal broadcast feed patterns. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: Estimated percentage of the universe of TV households (or other specified group) tuned to a program in the average minute. Ratings are expressed as a percent.

Share (of Audience): The percent of households (or persons) using television who are tuned to a specific program, station or network in a specific area at a specific time. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

 
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “1.6 for The Mentalist + blowout on SNF + no TGW lead-in to drag it down = big step back towards the bear.

    How in the world are CBS meant to renew two out of three veteran shows with ratings that would make them bubble shows on ABC? I predict they will only renew one out of those three and Golden Boy, as opposed to the two that Bill has predicted all along.”

    Assuming that CBS cancels that “extra” drama, what are you predicting they do with that extra hour in the Fall?

    Certainly not premiere four dramas in one Fall.

  • Jane

    My favorite part of Christmas With Holly were all the saccharine sweet Hallmark ads. I really enjoyed them more than the boring movie.

  • SJ

    Wow, The Mentalist is dead. Airing on time and out of a better lead-in, it still managed to score some of its lowest numbers ever.

    The Hallmark Movie did pretty well, all things considered.

  • Ron

    I think CBS overrun from past weeks and Football are destroying the other shows especially CBS. After all how does even Amazing Race drop almost 3 million overall viewers from last week?

    I think what the shows ratings are at the beginning of janaury after Sunday Night football is over will really determine which shows are dying and which ones still have legs.

    With the way NBC programming is NBC is bound to lose 13 million of those 18 million viewers its getting and they got to go somewhere.

  • Grey

    Considering it didn’t really have any competition those numbers for “The Mentalist” are pretty low, aren’t they? Wow. Maybe there will be an adjustment in the finals.

  • tommie

    Wow @ The Mentalist.

    CBS’s constant moving and general carelessness seems to have sent it to an early grave.

  • Leverage-Fan

    The producers and writers of “The Mentalist” should start to conclude the Red John story. (IF a miracle happens and CBS orders another season the series can work MUCH better without the hunt for Red John. This is only my opinion! I love the standalone episodes with a ‘normal’ murder case MUCH more than those Red John episodes which I didn’t like for the most part! The cast are great and the charaters have so much potential which can stand on it’s won without any series long story!) But I’m worried Bruno Heller and his team aren’t so foresighted and write the season finale with another year in mind. :(

  • teresa

    I’m so fed up with the almighty red john.

  • Joseph

    I thought the “Hallmark Hall Of Fame” specials do best among viewers over the age of 50, so the “low” 18-49 ratings don’t tell the entire story.

    Granted, last night’s (December 9th) special went up against a big NFL game, but then again, I think it was targeted at women.

    In the past, that would have been great counterprogramming.

    Today, however, more women than ever before are watching NFL football games. It’s my understanding that some 45-47% of viewers of an NFL telecast are female.

    With that many women watching an NFL prime-time game, it’s difficult for even a sappy, tear-jerking, female-centric “Hallmark Hall Of Fame” special to get many female viewers.

  • Joseph

    Does anyone know 18-34 numbers for animation domination! Also I think the Simpsons had the OT as a lead in and it only had a low 4 for 18-49 rating so I don’t think it’s entirely fair for everyone to say that it gets all its good numbers due to football!!

  • Ladica

    Just a quick random question when it comes to cable what’s more important the viewers or the demo, because I know wedding band gets low viewers but are generally high in demos for Saturdays

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Just a quick random question when it comes to cable what’s more important the viewers or the demo, because I know wedding band gets low viewers but are generally high in demos for Saturdays”

    Total viewership isn’t important for any network that sells advertising.

    But different cable networks price their ads based on different age/gender demo groups.

    Edit: @Holly, Disney is unlikely to be a good example to use because AFAIK they don’t *sell* advertising. Although they run their own ads, and so their decision making process is in practice likely to be hard to distinguish from a network that does sell ads.

  • Holly

    @Ladica,

    Just a quick random question when it comes to cable what’s more important the viewers or the demo, because I know wedding band gets low viewers but are generally high in demos for Saturdays

    Demos…but which demo can vary per network. Disney is going to sell ads based on a younger demographic (say, 2-11) while FX will sell based more on adult men. As far as I know, no network sells ads based on total viewers (or, more to the point, no advertiser pays for ads based on total viewers).

  • Ladica

    Thanks @bill and @holly

  • DeanW

    This is the end for The Mentalist. Writers should write the “series Finale” and, like Leverage-Fan said, end the Red John Story. If at the end of the season Red John’s identity is revealed and the show is Renewed i’d like to see something new in the show. It’s been fifth years and it’s maybe time to end it (Red John is maybe the longest serial killer storyline in history).
    Of course I want to see The Mentalist getting another season but i perfectly understand people who are bored by the Red John story. The “Murder of the week” format is better for this Show.

  • Duncey

    Lions-Packers did better than I thought it would with the Lions eliminated from the playoffs. I think the league can benefit greatly if the Lions bounce back next season and become an elite team.

  • Danie

    Horrible ratings for The Mentalist. Horrible and strange since the show has performed better with a weaker lead in but also less competition. So, for those who said it had no competition, actually the movie on ABC performed far better than 666 PA, 0.6 and around 3 million more viewers. I guess that hit TM harder than football (I mean, football is always there). Still, it should have done better, much better. But I have no doubt it will bounce back. Let’s see what is gonna happen in 2013.

  • Jake

    @Joseph
    Does anyone know 18-34 numbers for animation domination!

    No not yet but according to Mark berman they won the night in 18-34 and teens as usual they are top non sport program

  • Ultima

    @Ron
    I think CBS overrun from past weeks and Football are destroying the other shows especially CBS. After all how does even Amazing Race drop almost 3 million overall viewers from last week?

    The Amazing Race dropped because last week CBS has the NFL national doubleheader, this week they did not. The football overruns improve the ratings for CBS’ primetime shows on Sundays rather than destroy them as you suggest (with a possible exception for The Mentalist).

    I think what the shows ratings are at the beginning of janaury after Sunday Night football is over will really determine which shows are dying and which ones still have legs.

    You’ll be shocked when the ratings don’t go up after football ends then.

  • ccemerson

    CBS should move the Mentalist back to Tuesdays @ 10pm where it thrived in its first season. Ratings would be better than the dud Vegas.

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