TV Ratings Sunday: 'Family Guy' & 'American Dad' Down as Football Wins Quiet Sunday

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December 24th, 2012

Scoreboard NBC FOX ABC CBS x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.6/14 3.0/9 1.1/3 0.9/3 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.8/13 2.9/10 0.7/2 0.6/2 x
Total Viewers (million) 13.672 7.714 5.233 6.404 x


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football),  FOX (NFL Football) & CBS (Football Overruns in several local 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 (49ers at Seahawks) garnered a preliminary 5.3 adults 18-49 rating from 9-11PM versus a 8.7 final rating for last week’s game. Given that both teams are based on the West Coast, it’s a safe bet that the numbers will rise in the finals when time zone adjustments are factored in.

On FOX, Family Guy earned a 2.5 down 18% from a 2.8 adults 18-49 rating for its last new episode on December 9. American Dad scored a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating down 17% from a 2.3 on December 9.

On ABC, the annual telecast of The Sound of Music earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating up 22% from a 0.9 on Christmas night, 2011.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, December 23, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football (Giants at Ravens) - Live 5.6/19 16.25
NBC Football Night in America Part 1 - Live 2.5/8 8.13
CBS 60 Minutes - R 1.3/4 6.27
ABC The Sound of Music (7-11PM) 1.1/3 5.23
7:30 FOX Football/ The OT - Live 3.7/12 10.08
NBC  Football Night in America Part 2 - Live  3.3/11 10.38
8:00 NBC  Football Night in America Part 3 - Live  4.6/14 13.97
FOX  The Simpsons - R 2.3/7 5.55
CBS Blue Bloods - R 0.7/2 6.27
8:30 NBC Sunday Night Football : 49ers at Seahawks-  Live 5.1/15 15.62
FOX The Simpsons - R 2.0/6 4.88
9:00 NBC Sunday Night Football : 49ers at Seahawks-  Live (9-11PM) 5.3/15 15.32
FOX Family Guy 2.5/7 5.39
CBS The Good Wife - R 0.7/2 5.03
9:30 FOX American Dad 1.9/5 4.14
10:00 CBS The Mentalist - R 0.9/2 5.44

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



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.

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  • Splinter76

    *GASP* You mean people didn’t flock to the sacrilegious bile that Family Guy and American Dad were spewing for their holiday episodes? I’m shocked!

  • richard


  • richard

    @Splinter76 dang it!

  • rob60990

    I believe CBS aired Blue Bloods at 8.

  • Joseph

    Is it just me or does it say that family guy got a 2.3 and then shows it got a 2.5? Which one did it actually get!?


    wow richard your #2 not one

  • Kieran

    Text says 2.3 for Family Guy, table says 2.5.

  • rob60990

    The 2.5 is probably right since that’s what Berman has.

  • David Howell

    Wow, NCIS LA got the same rerun numbers as TGW.

  • Melissa

    Anyone know if the live+7 numbers will still be out today?

  • Nick

    Wow, Family Guy & American Dad did surprisingly well for airing on Christmas Weekend.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Sara Bibel

    Fixed the typo. Family Guy earned a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, Thanks.

  • r0ckmypants

    @Splinter76 – American Dad wasn’t even a Christmas episode, so take your lame hyperbole elsewhere.

  • m&m

    The Simpsons was NEW!!!!!!!!!

  • a p garcia

    After many years, I still can’t believe NBC sold “The Sound of Music(Money)” to ABC. This must have started NBC to the ratings gutter. I don’t think RVN or The Voice can overcome the ratings dundrums. This movie is still pulling respectable ratings.

  • Baaa!

    Something tells me that the numbers dropped in San Fran area either before or most definately after halftime. Yeesh!

  • Survivor Fan

    What does NBC air in the West after the game ends?

  • richard

    @ WWERULES!!!

    I know, I couldn’t believe it either :(

  • Dan S

    Yeeeehaw, Seahawks go to the playoffs & then on to the Superbowl.

  • sam

    m&m no it wasnt

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