Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

Note: Live NFL coverage on NBC and FOX will likely result in greater adjustments than usual in the final nationals

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (FOX) 5.5/18 17.80
Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:30 p.m.) 3.7/12 12.09
60 Minutes (CBS) 1.3/5 11.11
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 1.0/4 5.50
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 3.8/12 11.67
8 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) 2.4/8 5.71
Movie: Frozen (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.7/5 6.50
The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color! (CBS) – S 0.7/2 7.41
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 7.7/22 23.43
Son of Zorn (FOX) 1.3/4 2.95
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.4/4 3.04
Madam Secretary (CBS) 0.7/2 7.73
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) 1.0/3 2.21
10 p.m. The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle (ABC) – S 0.9/3 3.50
Elementary (CBS) 0.6/2 4.91


The broadcast premiere of “Frozen” gave ABC a lift Sunday night. Its 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 was well above what “Once Upon a Time” and “Secrets and Lies” averaged in the 8-10 p.m. time period in the fall. A making-of special following the movie (0.9) also beat out CBS’ “Elementary” (o.6) at 10.

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” drew some of its best ratings of the season with a preliminary 7.7 in adults 18-49, which will adjust up in the finals. Its metered-market household rating of 16.5/26 was the best of the season.

FOX got a bump from having an NFL lead-in, as “The Simpsons” (2.4) and “Son of Zorn” (1.3) matched the previous week’s football-boosted ratings. “Family Guy” (1.4) and “The Last Man on Earth” (1.0) were down slightly week to week. CBS had a soft night, with a colorized “Dick Van Dyke Show” special and “Madam Secretary” each drawing 0.7s.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 6.2/18 2.6/7 1.3/4 0.9/3
Total Viewers (millions) 19.18 7.23 5.50 7.79

: 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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