Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Note: Live NFL coverage on NBC and FOX will likely result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks. 

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL playoff overrun (FOX) 14.8/43 46.56
The Wall (NBC) – R 2.5/8 9.01
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.7/2 7.42
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.7/2 4.04
7:30 p.m. Football Night in America (NBC) 5.4/15 17.22
8 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) (8-9 p.m.) 5.1/14 14.08
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 1.0/3 8.58
To Tell the Truth (ABC) 0.8/3 3.96
8:30 p.m. NFL Divisional Playoff (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 10.4/30 32.04
9 p.m. The Mick (FOX) 2.0/6 4.88
To Tell the Truth (ABC) 0.9/3 3.88
Madam Secretary (CBS) 0.8/3 7.54
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.6/5 3.70
10 p.m. Elementary (CBS) 0.6/2 4.45
Conviction (ABC) 0.5/2 2.41

 

The NFL playoffs captured big ratings for FOX and NBC Sunday. FOX’s afternoon playoff game (Green Bay-Dallas) ate up an hour-plus of primetime, averaging a 14.8 rating in adults 18-49 for that time, pending updates. Numbers for the first hour-long “Simpsons” episode (currently 5.1) are thus likely inflated but should be strong for the show when the finals are released.

NBC’s primetime game (Pittsburgh-Kansas City) meanwhile, scored a 10.4, pending updates, and better than 30 million viewers. In the metered markets, it earned a 21.9/34 in households, the best ever for a primetime game in the first two rounds of the NFL playoffs. (It was also the first wild-card or divisional round game played on Sunday night; the NFL moved it from an afternoon start due to weather concerns in Kansas City.)

CBS and ABC predictably took a hit opposite the huge NFL games. “NCIS: Los Angeles” had a season low 1.0, and “Madam Secretary” (0.8) and “Elementary” (0.6) were also down vs. last week. ABC’s “To Tell the Truth” earned a 0.8 and 0.9 for its two episodes, down from 1.0 for both a week ago.

Network averages:

NBC FOX CBS ABC
Adults 18-49 rating/share 8.2/24 6.4/21 0.8/3 0.7/2
Total Viewers (millions) 25.46 21.64 7.00 3.57


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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