Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016

A pair of CBS shows adjusted down from Sunday’s early ratings to the finals — no surprise since an NFL overrun pushed the start of primetime back 40 minutes.

“Elementary” (0.7 in adults 18-49) came down two tenths with the entirety of the episode accounted for. “60 Minutes” adjusted down half a point to 2.3. NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast posted an 8.1 in the finals, down from the previous 8.7 but well above average this season.

Upward adjustments in adults 18-49 are in blue; downward adjustments are in red. (Note: Final numbers for the primetime portion of CBS’ NFL overrun weren’t available; its fast national ratings are marked with an asterisk. The network average excludes the NFL number.)

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (CBS) (7-7:40 p.m.) 5.3/18* 21.56*
Football Night in America (NBC) (7:30-8:30 p.m.) 3.4/11 10.89
Movie: The Sound of Music (ABC) (7-11 p.m.) 1.1/4 5.36
Breakthrough Prize (FOX) – S 0.5/2 1.64
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) (7:40-8:40 p.m.) 2.3/8 14.09
8 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.7/3 1.77
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11:27 p.m.) 8.1/26 24.15
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) (8:40-9:40 p.m.) 1.4/5 10.37
Son of Zorn (FOX) – R 0.6/2 1.35
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.7/2 1.51
9:30 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) (9:40-10:40 p.m.) 1.1/4 9.05
The Last Man on Earth (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.14
10:30 p.m. Elementary (CBS) (10:40-11:40 p.m.) 0.7/3 5.08

 

Network averages:

NBC CBS ABC FOX
Adults 18-49 rating/share 6.9/22 1.4/5 1.1/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 20.83 9.65 5.36 1.51


Definitions:
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.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings are available at approximately 11 a.m. ET the day after telecast. 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. 
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. 
Time Shifted Viewing:
 Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live +Same-Day and Live +7 Day. Time-shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+SD includes viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3 a.m. local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live +7 ratings include  viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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