TV Ratings Sunday: 'Sunday Night Football' Wins Quiet Night, 'The Sound of Music' Rises

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December 23rd, 2013

Sunday Night Football Eagles Bears December 22

Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 4.4/13 2.1/6 1.6/5 1.3/4 0.9/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 3.7/13 1.6/6 1.5/5 0.8/3 0.7/3
Total Viewers (million) 13.076 10.289 3.997 6.506 2.652

NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC, FOX & CBS (NFL Football & Overrun)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.   

The start of CBS prime was delayed in several eastern and central time zones due to NFL football overruns. Ratings are tentative and subject to change

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

On NBC  Sunday Night Football, (Bears-Eagles) scored a preliminary 5.5 up 12 percent from last week's preliminary 4.9 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS,NFL Football (Patriots/Ravens) earned a preliminary 5.3  adults 18-49 rating.  60 Minutes, which was delayed an hour in most markets,  garnered a 1.8 up 20 percent from last week's 1.5 adults 18-49 rating.

On ABC, the annual broadcast of the classic Julie Andrews version of The Sound of Music notched a 1.3 up 18 percent from last year's 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, December 22, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 CBS NFL Football (Patriots/Ravens) - Live 5.3/16 21.01
FOX Bob's Burgers - R/ Football -Live 2.0/6 6.64
NBC Football Night in America Part 1 - Live 1.5/5 5.31
ABC The Sound of Music - R (7-11PM) 1.3/4 6.51
7:30 NBC Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 2.2/7 6.75
FOX American Dad - R/ Football - Live 1.7/6 4.66
8:00 NBC Football Night in America Part 3 - Live 4.1/12 12.34
CBS 60 Minutes 1.8/5 10.15
FOX  The Simpsons - R 1.6/5 3.53
8:30 NBC Sunday Night Football:  (Bears/Eagles) -Live (8:30-11PM) 5.5/16 16.04
FOX The Simpsons - R 1.6/5 3.54
9:00 FOX Family Guy -R 1.7/5 3.43
CBS The Good Wife - R 0.8/2 5.07
9:30 FOX Animation Dominarion High-Def - R 1.0/3 2.18
10:30 CBS The Mentalist - R 0.7/2 4.93

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.




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  • Ron

    Good for the simpsons

  • luka

    Wow! Great for Bob Burgers Repeat :)

  • Douglas from Brazil

    The game between Patriots and Ravens finished at 7:55pm ET,Elementary was supposed to be broadcast at 10pm but I think CBS preempted.These 4:25pm games always finish by 8:00pm , I don’t know why CBS schedule 4 shows to air if in the end they have to preempt.

  • brutony!

    Great for my Eagles-they kicked ass, both on the field AND in the ratings!

  • Jon

    @Douglas….the only reason they didn’t air mentalist is because it was a repeat. Cbs loves football over runs it usually boosts the ratings for the night.

  • Ultima

    These 4:25pm games always finish by 8:00pm , I don’t know why CBS schedule 4 shows to air if in the end they have to preempt.

    You answered your own question. The doubleheader ends before 8:00pm, so if CBS only scheduled three programs, their primetime lineup would end before 11:00pm.

    Also, they don’t preempt their primetime lineup, they just air the entire four hours after football ends (in this case running until 11:55pm).

  • Ultima

    Great for my Eagles-they kicked ass, both on the field AND in the ratings!

    The game was only up 12% from last week’s season low, so it’s still going to be one of the worst SNF ratings of the season.

    However, you’re right about the ass-kicking they handed my Bears… :(

    Should be huge ratings next week with both FOX and NBC having play-in games.

  • romo

    cbs could do an ot kinda show until 8:00 like fox & bump 1 show to make it 3.

  • JR35

    Did the NBC event boost (albeit slightly) the annual Sound of Music airing? Speculate amongst yourselves.

  • romo


  • Douglas from Brazil


    So CBS aired Elementary at 11pm?Because the game finished at 8pm.

  • Douglas from Brazil


    Your thoughts exactly like mine.Schedule 3 shows on sundays instead of 4 would end the problem with delays or show being preempted like happened to The Mentalist in November.Then after the NFL season CBS, could start the primetime at 7pm.

  • Tyson

    Yes, Romo, CBS could do a postgame show like The OT until 8 p.m. However, CBS doesn’t want to do a postgame show. CBS is apparently happy with its Sunday night scheduling. Otherwise, changes would have happened.

  • Samunto


    I thought the same too. NBC’s live version must have added interest to the movie and people wanting to see again how the original was.

  • Michelle

    Go Eagles!!! Nick Foles is awesome.

  • John A

    TGW repeated ok.


    I will say when u see the original movie nobody should touch its a masterpiece anyone agree?

  • kb

    Next sunday Eagles vs Cowboys. Playoff spot for the winner, loser goes home until next season. Huge ratings to be expected. Possibly record breaking. Even non football fans will be watching.

  • romo


  • kb

    Record ratings for the regular season. Obviously the playoffs are a different animal.

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