TV Ratings Sunday: 'Survivor' Finale Up From Last Spring & 'Bachelorette' Special Flops

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December 17th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 6.2/15 4.9/12 1.5/5 1.2/3 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.4/16 3.2/9 1.5/5 1.0/3 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 16.688 16.957 3.384 3.130 4.189


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

Also, during the President’s address from Newtown, CT, Sunday Night Football shifted to CNBC and NBC Sports Network. Due to long NFL overrun on CBS and  coverage of the Presidential address, the numbers are more scrambled than usual. Everything below is broken down by half hour.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49, but CBS won with total viewers.

On FOX, The Simpsons garnered a 1.9, down a ratings point and a half  from last week's 3.4 adults 18-49  (which had an NFL overrun lead-in. The Cleveland Show scored a 1.4, down two tenths from last week's 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, the finale of Survivor: Philippines scored a 3.2  adults 18-49 rating,  up four tenths from last week's 2.8 on Wednesday, and up three tenths from last spring's finale (which earned a 2.9). However, it was down from last year's fall finale, which earned a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Survivor Reunion show aired outside primetime and earned a preliminary 2.3 from 11:00 to 11:30 PM

On ABC, The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP's Wedding earned a dismal 0.9 adults 18-49 rating

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, December 16, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM CBS Football Overrun 8.5 24 27.46
NBC Football Night in America 2.6 7 7.98
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 1.3 4 5.98
FOX The Cleveland Show -R 1.3 4 3.15
7:30 PM CBS Football Overrun 8.6 23 28.14
NBC Football Night in America 3.2 8 9.14
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 1.5 4 6.64
FOX The Cleveland Show 1.4 4 3.02
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 5.7 14 15.54
CBS 60 Minutes 5.0 13 19.43
FOX The Simpsons 1.9 5 4.41
ABC Wipeout -R 1.2 3 4.00
8:30 PM NBC NFL Football/Presidential Address 7.3 17 19.87
CBS 60 Minutes/Presidential Address 4.1 10 16.15
FOX Bob's Burgers /Presidential Address 1.2 3 2.79
ABC Wipeout -R/Presidential Address 1.1 3 3.47
9:00PM NBC NFL Football 8.5 20 23.07
CBS Survivor:Philippines 3.5 8 12.00
FOX Bob's Burgers 1.6 4 3.25
ABC Wipeout -R/The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP's Wedding 0.9 2 3.23
9:30PM NBC NFL Football 7.6 18 20.75
CBS Survivor:Philippines 3.3 8 11.46
FOX Family Guy -R 1.5 4 3.75
ABC The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP's Wedding 0.8 2 3.06
10:00PM NBC NFL Football 7.3 18 18.95
CBS Survivor:Philippines 3.1 8 10.97
FOX American Dad -R 1.5 4 3.75
ABC   The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP's Wedding 











10:30PM NBC NFL Football 7.2 19 18.20
CBS Survivor:Philippines 2.8 7 10.05
ABC The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP's Wedding 0.9 2 3.69
11:00 PM CBS Survivor Reunion 2.3 8.77

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



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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.

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  • Brody

    All sorts of messed up and scrambled. Oh well. Can always wait for finals.

  • Mike

    I am surprised the Survivor numbers are that high, 9 PM is very late, and 8:30 was the original start time for the eastern time zone.

  • RJ

    Survivor had a 4.1 last year? Unless you mean Spring??

  • vincentdante

    Can we have a moratorium on Bachlor/Bachelorette weddings?

  • Oliver

    I didn’t expect the Bachlorette special to bomb quite that hard.

    Fox’s lineup struggled without Family Guy.




    FOX looks pretty bad as even the Simpsons failed to break 2.0

    ABC fared even worse as Wipeout wipes out w/ 1.2 & Ashley’s wedding 0.9

    NBC is sure to win night, but by how much?

  • silvit

    It’s silly to think many young women are interested in a scripted wedding in this day and age. Again it shows how much network tv is out of touch with reality.

  • Oliver


    And yet hundreds of millions of people worldwide watched the royal wedding.

  • Vasco Silva

    The Simpsons crashed really hard!

  • vincentdante

    In fairness, the Royal Wedding featured much more likable players.

  • cc

    Have we seen the last bachelorette/bachelor shows? Please!

  • HalCapone

    The power of the pigskin rules once again.

  • silvit


    One word: media hype and desire of people of being part of something everyone talked about. It’s the same reason why people go to watch the same movies, wear the same clothes the majority is wearing and which are cool in that year etc. etc. In a nutshell, the water-cooler factor.

    In this case the water-cooler factor was non-existent.

  • s0303

    really bad numbers for fox and bachelorette wedding…pretty good for survivor, down from last fall, but last night was a bit of a mess…seems kind of weird to me that they want to air the survivor finale against football…

  • Petar Ivanov

    Good for CBS. Sunday is their worst day this season. Its interesting how they will fix 9 pm slot – H5o, Survivor or may be Elementary……….

  • LT

    Strong football numbers. Is that the highest of the year for sunday night football prelims? Even though my Pats lost, they made a great comeback.

  • Dan T


    Simpsons didnt air in the East Coast, was all news coverage.

  • onion

    So, 60 Minutes last 20-some minutes just cut out??

  • tv_viewer

    I will reserve comment about Survivor’s ratings until the finals come out tomorrow. I never liked a season where one tribe chooses to lose an immunity challenge or gives up immunity (Survivor One World).

    Silvit could have phrased his/her comment more precisely. ABC airs one season of the Bachelorette every year. So there is a possibility that ABC will air the wedding of the Bachelorette and the “winner” every year. The royal wedding that Oliver is referring to doesn’t happen every year. The last time the oldest child of the reigning British monarch or of the first in line to the throne married took place in 1981.

    Also marriages between reality show competition contestants isn’t so special.

  • CenterGravity

    The Floppelorette?

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