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

Note: Live NFL coverage on NBC, CBS and FOX in some markets 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 (CBS) 5.3/18 21.56
Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:30 p.m.) 3.8/12 12.09
Movie: The Sound of Music (ABC) (7-11 p.m.) 1.1/4 5.34
Breakthrough Prize (FOX) – S 0.7/3 2.30
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) 2.8/9 14.73
8 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.7/3 1.84
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 7.0/22 20.88
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 1.4/5 10.51
Son of Zorn (FOX) – R 0.6/2 1.39
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.7/2 1.52
9:30 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) 1.1/4 8.69
The Last Man on Earth (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.10
10:30 p.m. Elementary (CBS) 0.9/3 6.21

 

A second straight “Sunday Night Football” telecast involving the Dallas Cowboys meant a second straight week of big numbers for the game. Sunday’s preliminary 7.0 rating among adults 18-49 is down from last week’s early 7.7 but is still at the high end for “SNF” this season. The game’s 15.3/25 metered-market household rating is the second best of the season.

CBS was the only other network airing original programming Sunday. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.4) was down a tenth of a point from its last episode, pending updates, while “Madam Secretary” (1.1) rebounded from last week’s season low. “Elementary” (0.9 from 10:30-11 p.m.) is also up, pending updates.

Network averages:

NBC CBS ABC FOX
Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.8/18 2.1/7 1.1/4 0.6/2
Total Viewers (millions) 17.58 11.95 5.34 1.74


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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