TV Ratings Sunday: Cowboys vs. Redskins Dominates Otherwise Slow Sunday Night

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December 31st, 2012

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 8.1/21 3.7/10 1.1/3 0.9/2 0.7/2
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 5.8/18 3.4/11 0.8/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
Total Viewers (million) 23.376 10.285 7.487 3.535 1.921


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football),  FOX & 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.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Note: we currently only have half-hours posted below for the Redskins-Cowboys matchup as well as the CBS lineup and Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix but we will update this post with the full time period rating as soon as we have it.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, December 30, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 PM FOX Football Overrun (7-8PM) 7.5 22 22.20
NBC Football Night in America 2.3 7 7.75
CBS Football Overrun 2.1 6 9.36
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos -R 1.1 3 5.19
7:30PM NBC Football Night in America 3.3 9 10.38
CBS 60 Minutes 1.5 4 9.80
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 7.1 19 21.29
FOX The Simpsons -R 2.7 7 6.61
ABC Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -R (8-11) 0.7 2 2.93
CBS 60 Minutes 1.4 4 10.52
8:30 PM NBC NFL Football (8:30-11) 9.0 24 26.67
FOX Bob's Burgers -R 1.6 4 3.69
CBS NCIS- R 1.0 3 7.21
ABC Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -R (8-11) 0.8 2 2.83
9:00PM NBC NFL Football 9.3 24 27.17
FOX Family Guy -R 1.7 4 3.87
CBS NCIS -R 1.0 3 7.21
ABC Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -R (8-11) 0.9 2 2.93
9:30PM NBC NFL Football 9.2 23 26.42
FOX American Dad -R 1.5 4 3.15
ABC Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -R (8-11) 0.8 2 2.85
CBS The Good Wife -R 0.7 2 5.64
10:00 PM NBC NFL Football 9.5 25 25.16
ABC Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -R (8-11) 0.9 2 3.20
CBS The Good Wife -R 0.7 2 5.51
10:30PM NBC NFL Football 9.1 25 25.16
ABC Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix -R (8-11) 0.8 2 3.17
CBS The Mentalist -R 0.7 2 5.21

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.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

  • silvit

    Amazing for football.

  • Samunto

    Those numbers for NBC’s football game are really impressive. Ok, now back to my drink!

  • Austin Lauran

    Would it be a good idea for the NBC execs to air a 15 minute sitcom after Sunday Night Football?

  • Andy

    @Austin Lauran

    Although it may be a decent idea for them to air some sort of Comedy after it, I think the Local Channels love having the news air after Football because it gives them decent numbers.

  • Colin

    What happened to the other shows ratings?

  • Harry

    Too bad the Packer/Viking game wasn’t the SNF matchup. Far better game.

  • POI

    what the hell the mentalist repeat at 9.1 this must be wrong. i like the show but i dont believe it.

  • alim

    such a good game last night, its started for us in london at 1am, stayed up until 5am to watch it, thrilling game.

  • mike

    The Cowboys are trash. Romo continues to find new creative ways to dissapoint.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “What happened to the other shows ratings?”

    We typically don’t bother writing prose about repeats, and since other shows started on the half hour we don’t have full episode ratings at this point.

  • romo

    Americas Team rules again !!

  • Greg

    Hi Bill. Where are the soap opera ratings?

  • Greg

    Romo, ratings ruled but the Cowboys lost. Sigh.

  • Azzman

    Family Guy wasn’t a re-run last night–I guess no one knew..

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Hi Bill. Where are the soap opera ratings?”

    Holiday delays.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Family Guy wasn’t a re-run last night–I guess no one knew..”

    Nielsen had it coded as a repeat.

  • ToXiX

    Family Guy was definitely a repeat

  • Jordan


    Yes, it was. “Lottery Fever” was the first episode of Season 9 which originally aired in September 2011.

  • Oliver

    Family Guy was scheduled as a repeat of #901 Powerball Fever.

    It would also make little sense for Fox to air an original on the 30th.

  • Joseph

    FOX should just put the Simpsons on now after football while it can because the repeats after football are higher than they go near the end of the seasons!

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