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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  • Honey Badger

    Happy Holidays to Everyone !

  • Lisa

    Crazy but every year no matter what else is on if The Sound of Music is on I stop and watch.

  • ChannelDante

    Boring day for t.v…..

  • 1313 SVU Lane

    Survivor fan

    From what I understand they play various reruns of their drama series, but what would I know I live in the central time zone.

  • jj

    The Seahawks are the best team in football. I think they will win the superbowl.

  • Ashley

    Go Hawks!!! I’m also hoping they make it to the Superbowl!!!

  • Honey Badger

    Sorry, but my San Francisco 49ers will win the super bowl, they have the cute Alex Smith as quarterback, and they have the cute Randy Moss to catch touchdowns.

    They will face New England Patriots in the SB as they have cuties on their team

    it isn’t easy being this pretty and this smart

  • Benjamin

    The Simpsons episode at 8:30PM was the 2012 Christmas episode. If you were in a city where the episode was pre-empted last week due to coverage of Newtown (for example – Washington, DC), then it was the TV premiere of the episode for us. So it may have performed better than some repeats due to the portions of the country where it was “new”. For most people, it was a repeat.

    I imagine that the on demand viewing levels for the December 16th version of that episode would be higher than normal as well, as that was the first legal way to view the episode in some parts of the country. But we may never have those figures.

  • Phil

    Reruns of The Simpsons did well! I guess no many people were into the religious story on Family Guy yesterday. American Dad was weird last night. But I enjoyed Animation Domination nonetheless!

  • Austin Lauran

    Would this be considered defying the logic of CBS, ABC, & NBC?:

    What if the ABC execs aired 30 minute dramas & 1 hour sitcoms (I know that it would be hard for writers to keep up the jokes in a 1 hour sitcom, but the show could actually be 2 episodes in 1)

  • Austin Lauran

    Would this be considered defying the logic of CBS, ABC, & NBC?:

    What if the ABC execs aired 30 minute dramas & 1 hour sitcoms (I know that it would be hard for writers to keep up the jokes in a 1 hour sitcom, but the show could actually be 2 episodes in 1)?

  • Austin Lauran

    I actually posted the same comment twice

  • Nick

    @Austin Lauran

    A 1-hour comedy would not surprise me, but dramas will never be 30 minutes. You simply could not fit enough story in. Police/law procedurals would have to sacrifice character backstory and/or a detailed case to fit. And serials, specifically sci-fis and politcal thrillers, would not have enough time in an 11-hour season to tell an interesting and compelling story. The only types of shows that could make the transition would be family dramas such as Parenthood, and soapy shows such as Nashville. And even they would have to go through considerable changes, including cutting much of their supporting casts.

  • Austin Lauran


    If there ever was a 30 minute drama, would a good idea be this: 2 30-minute episodes equal 1 hour?

  • Nick

    @Austin Lauran

    44 30 minute episodes would be a lot more expensive than 22 hourlong episodes, since actors, writers, etc. are paid by episode. However, it could also mean a faster route to syndication, but serialized dramas don’t do that well in syndication.
    It would depend on syndication value, I guess.

  • Networkman

    Blue Bloods held up to 100% of 60 Minutes audience yet it skewed older. But this shows CBS that Blue Bloods is compatible with the newsprogram.

  • Leighton

    I’m pretty sold on the Seahawks that is one good team with probably the best quarterback in all of football at the moment in RW3 (Russell Wilson).

  • mike

    american dad show be cancelled already and family guy was disrespectful and wasnt funny

  • Nick

    I’m really getting sick of the constant makes in the daily ratings posts. Seriously, it seems like there is a mistake every single day. How hard is it to proofread????

  • Nathan

    Very quiet Sunday

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