Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016

Note: Live NFL coverage on NBC 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. Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:30 p.m.) 3.4/13 12.35
NBA overrun/postgame (ABC) 1.1/4 3.40
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.6/2 4.67
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.16
7:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.23
8 p.m. Movie: Beauty and the Beast (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.2/4 3.67
I Love Lucy Christmas Special (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.42
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.51
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 5.9/20 19.86
Son of Zorn (FOX) – R 0.3/1 1.02
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.31
The Dick Van Dyke Show: Now in Living Color! (CBS) – R 0.3/1 2.51
9:30 p.m. The Last Man on Earth (FOX) – R 0.4/1 1.17
10 p.m. Speechless (ABC) – R 0.6/2 2.09
MacGyver (CBS) – R 0.3/1 2.52
10:30 p.m. Black-ish (ABC) – R 0.5/2 1.92

 

Christmas night was predictably quiet in the ratings, with one exception: NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast.

The game delivered a preliminary 5.9 rating among adults 18-49, pending updates for the live telecast. That’s down some from recent weeks will likely end up a little below or in line with “SNF’s” season average of 7.0. NBC’s 5.0 average for all of primetime was more than double the combined number of ABC (1.0), CBS (0.4) and FOX (0.4).

ABC’s showing of the animated “Beauty and the Beast” (1.2) was the only other program to get above a 1.0 for the night.

Network averages:

NBC ABC CBS FOX
Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.0/17 1.0/4 0.4/2 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 17.04 11.95 3.28 1.23


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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