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.

  • CenterGravity

    How ’bout them Cowboys.

  • ToXiX

    Cowboys suck

    Ex / Brokeback Mountain

  • American

    Sunday Night Football got a 14.9/23 in total viewers from 9:00-10:00, with 26.8 million watching. That’s crazy!

  • CBSviewer

    The Simpsons are amazing ! Renew it already for 2 more Seasons. 600 episodes would be so good :)

  • LT


    “Sunday Night Football got a 14.9/23 in total viewers from 9:00-10:00, with 26.8 million watching. That’s crazy!”

    Not really that amazing. It was pretty much a playoff game. The winner (Redskins) move on and Cowboys(losers as usual) go home. I though it would be over 30 mil. 9ers/Pats Superbowl!

  • LT

    Or Packers/Pats. The SeaHawks are the x factor in the NFC though. They might just go all the way.

  • kbmv24

    The AFC will come down to Brady vs Manning. Brady usually wins that matchup. Brady has won 9 of 13 head to head against Peyton.

  • Kaylie

    Family Guy repeats match Raising Hope originals.

  • TV Addict

    Go Skins!!!

  • Ashley

    9.5 ratings? Is that the highest ever? Or at least for football? I don’t remember any shows that’s been that high but I haven’t been following these ratings until recently.

  • K

    Steelers and Cowboys are almost always ratings gold. Playoffs won’t be the same without either team in them (much to CBS’ chagrin)

  • Jay

    It’s football takeover month you’ll be seeing non-normal numbers from now through the Super Bowl.

    Football is the true king of television.

  • Jay

    @ K

    I expect some of the NFL numbers to be down this postseason they got a large number of popular teams not making the playoffs this year. The league would’ve benefited more had the Vikings lost and the Bears made it in. There’s no New York, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia, or Steelers in the playoffs this year.

    There are some positives for the league to build up their future teams like Houston, Seattle, Cincinnati, and Washington. They could benefit if the Lions make it back to postseason next year.

  • Azzman

    Oops–my bad! Silly me–I watched the 12/30 episode of FG yesterday! Damn you Tivo..but not really…I love you Tivo–muah, muah, muah..

  • Azzman

    Ooops–damn it…I meant the 12/23 episode..^^

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