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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  • Survivor Fan

    Disappointed with Survivor’s ratings. It did start at 8:57, so a strong potential exists for an upward adjustment.

  • Dan

    Hopefully ABC or CBS wont try to spin this especially because they were up against a Presidential Address about a school shooting.

  • Dan

    @CBS Viewer – The show was recently renewed through season 25 and a total of 559 episodes, I’m sure next year if a deal can be struck, Fox will order a another couple of seasons. Especially to get it to 600 eps!

    FOX should just re air last nights line up next Sunday and add the preempted FG and AD eps.

  • Joseph

    The Simpsons did awful!!!

  • Bazza

    It’s Fox’s 3rd most expensive show to advertise and TV’s 6th most

  • Dan T

    DC at least did not show The Simpsons. articke should say the simpsons / presediential address.

  • The Cool Max

    Thus this is way it’s good to live on the West Coast, everything goes as scheduled.

  • eridapo


    Soon we will know if twitter matters as far as tv is concerned


    Today Nielsen announced an agreement with Twitter to create the “Nielsen Twitter TV Rating,” an industry-standard metric that is based entirely on Twitter data.

    As the experience of TV viewing continues to evolve, our TV partners have consistently asked for one common benchmark from which to measure the engagement of their programming. This new metric is intended to answer that request, and to act as a complement and companion to the Nielsen TV rating.

  • Mike

    To the person that suggested CBS air Amazing Race and Survivor on Sunday’s, doubt that will happen. It is bad enough that football runs over and you can’t predict when Amazing Race starts, so I can’t imagine CBS risking two reality shows with common audiences airing the same night.

  • eridapo
  • bluejays

    I think Elementary would be a good Sunday night move too. It’s not a big hit and wastes the slot its in now somewhat but it might grow in years to come – and its not so old as to just wither away and die on a Sunday – which is what happened to Miami and is now happening to The Mentalist.

  • Tom

    The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP’s Divorce should be a bigger draw.

  • RyanCanada

    sundays ratings are always so boring lol…

  • Dan S

    The best thing about last nights so-so Simpsons was the ending with Burns lamenting the loss of Romney to Obama. He threatened to push us over the fiscal cliff if they can’t keep their precious tax cuts. Absolutely brilliant.

  • Jim

    Another renewal for “The Simpsons” would be like beating a dead horse, unless it is just for ONE FINAL SEASON, not two or more. I don’t care how high its 18-49 demo rating is, especially during the first half of a TV season. The issue of The Simpsons ending its run is a controversial one.

  • K

    Steelers/Cowboys deliver high ratings again, I can see why some say CBS favor the Steelers. They’re always a hit for CBS.

  • K

    Wedding flopped, because:

    A-No one really cared
    B-They were married 2 weeks ago on Dec 1.

  • Oliver


    NFL pre-emptions and Sunday Night Football make it hard for CBS to launch anything new on Sunday.


    The horse died a decade ago. It’s easy to keep costs in check with animation and it’s a sweet gig for the voice actors, even if they have to take a pay cut.

    I believe the main argument against it being renewed is old syndication agreements on unfavourable terms for Fox. Cancel the show and they can start showing reruns on cable.

  • Oliver

    *NFL overruns, sorry.

  • psychic

    Heh, heh.

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