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

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December 23rd, 2013

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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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  • romo

    My 1st no was to jonnysbro.

    But i say no to kb also.

    Last year RG3 factor was huge so i dont think phi/dal will beat last years dal/was.

  • kb


    Philly is more exciting than the redskins. A close game just might be enough. I’m just hoping the Cowboys actually show up and make it competitive. They’re at home. I think Philly is the better team though. Don’t be suprised if the Eagles go all the way.

  • Joseph

    The increased ratings for the film version of “Sound Of Music” may have been the result of people who watched the live TV version with Carrie Underwood wanting to see the 1965 movie to compare both versions.

  • Joseph

    What happened last night (December 21st) to CBS is a sign that next Fall, they should run an NFL postgame show until 8 P.M. Eastern time on Sundays, then run “60 Minutes” from 8 to 9 Eastern (going back to it’s traditional 7-8 P.M. ET/PT slot after the NFL season ends).

    This way, late local news in the Eastern and Central time zones will likely start on-time at 11 EST/EDT; 10 CST/CDT.

    I suspect news directors and station managers of many CBS affiliates (and perhaps even CBS-owned) stations in the Eastern and Central time zones have been making angry phone calls and sending nasty E-Mails to the network.

    On the other hand, most top execs at CBS are probably in the Bahamas or Aspen for the next two weeks, so these complaints may come second-or-third-hand.

  • JeffT

    Three times the people watched the live SoM, for what that’s worth. I’m sure NBC is happier than ABC. Again, comparing the live version to the movie is apples-to-oranges. They are totally different animals.

  • romo

    to kb:

    romo is out — you still selling that record rating stuff.

  • Ultima

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

    If NFL coverage actually runs until 8:00pm or later, then CBS drops the 10pm show. However, they only had a 56 minute delay last night, which means that Elementary would have run from 10:56-11:56pm (although local markets could preempt it if they wanted to).

    Then after the NFL season CBS, could start the primetime at 7pm.

    Except that sports delays on CBS are not limited to the NFL season, they last until the second Sunday in April.

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

    The primary difference between CBS and FOX is that the first hour of primetime on FOX is expendable (it’s just repeats), while CBS is not going to move 60 Minutes from the 7:00pm (or immediately following the game) timeslot.

    CBS is apparently happy with its Sunday night scheduling.

    This. People expecting CBS to change how they program Sundays after doing it this way for 40 years are kidding themselves.

  • Ultima

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

    I think there’s a good chance it sets a record for NBC Sunday Night Football, but it won’t touch any sort of overall regular season records.

    Last season’s final game set a record for NBC SNF with a 17.0/27 household rating/share. The record for a regular season primetime game is a 29.6/46 HH rating/share.

  • ParkerWyeth

    It’s hard to compare the SOM live from the movie. The SOM live was taken from the original Bway show. It has slightly different music and dialogue from the ’65 movie.

    CBS did preempt the Sunday lineup a few weeks back when the never aired episode of The Mentalist was pulled and a rerun replaced it at the last minute because of the late hour.

  • dan

    the hills r alive with football not music

  • romo

    Again without romo playing i dont see how this breaks the snf record.

    I didnt even think it would with him.

  • Joe

    The football game should stop at 7PM, and give 60 Minutes it’s full 7 to 8 time slot, then resume at 9PM.

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