Even moreso than Thanksgiving week, Nov. 28-Dec. 4 was a football kind of week in the broadcast rankings.

NFL-related programming occupies the Top 4 spots among adults 18-49 and three of the Top 4 in viewers. College football championship games fill up several more spots.

“The Big Bang Theory” (3.1 rating in adults 18-49) and “Empire” (2.9) were the top non-sports shows in the demographic. “Big Bang” was also the top entertainment show in viewers with 14.54 million.

Here are the network standings for the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4 and the season to date.

Nov. 28-Dec. 4 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.2/4 (3) 1.1/4 (4) 0.7/3 (5t) 1.8/6 (2) 2.7/9 (1) 0.7/2 (5t) 0.6/2 (7)
Viewers (millions) (rank) 5.04 (4) 6.74 (2) 2.13 (5) 5.77 (3) 10.61 (1) 1.70 (7) 1.78 (6)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.8/6 (4) 2.0/7 (3) 0.7/2 (5t) 2.3/8 (2) 2.7/9 (1) 0.7/2 (5t) 0.7/2 (5t)
Viewers (millions) (rank) 7.21 (3) 10.40 (1) 1.93 (5) 7.17 (4) 9.56 (2) 1.74 (7) 1.83 (6)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COWBOYS/VIKINGS NBC Thurs. 8:27 PM 6.8 8,731
2 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PANTHERS/SEAHAWKS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 6.1 7,779
3 THE OT FOX Sun. 7:43 PM 4.2 5,331
4 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:54 PM 3.1 4,035
THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3.1 4,003
6 EMPIRE FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 2.9 3,701
7 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2.7 3,473
COLLEGE FB – BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP FOX Sat. 8:18 PM 2.7 3,401
9 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME NBC Thurs. 7:58 PM 2.4 3,109
THE SIMPSONS FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 2.4 3,017
11 RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER – S CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 2.3 2,948
12 MODERN FAMILY ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 2.2 2,886
13 THE VOICE NBC Mo 8:00 PM 2.1 2,646
14 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,493
SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,463
16 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP PREGAME FOX Sat. 8:05 PM 1.8 2,301
17 DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.7 2,223
BLACK-ISH ABC Weds. 9:31 PM 1.7 2,220
THE GOLDBERGS ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,214
CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER – S NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,207
COLLEGE FB – PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP FOX Fri. 9:22 PM 1.7 2,202
CHICAGO FIRE NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.7 2,201
23 THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,075
LETHAL WEAPON FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,067
FAMILY GUY FOX Sun. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,027
SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FB – ACC CHAMPIONSHIP ABC Sat. 8:07 PM 1.6 1,991

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COWBOYS/VIKINGS NBC Thurs. 8:27 PM 21,763
2 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PANTHERS/SEAHAWKS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 17,752
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 14,540
4 THE OT FOX Sun. 7:43 PM 12,180
5 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 11,847
6 DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 11,575
7 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 10,639
8 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 10,527
9 CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER – S NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 10,502
10 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:54 PM 9,883
11 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 9,805
12 RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER – S CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 9,394
13 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 9:01 PM 9,266
14 COLLEGE FB – BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP FOX Sat. 8:18 PM 9,189
15 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME NBC Thurs. 7:58 PM 9,103
16 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 8,857
17 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 8,528
18 CHICAGO FIRE NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 7,940
19 EMPIRE FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 7,840
20 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 7,441
21 MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 7,012
22 BULL – R CBS Sun. 8:00 PM 6,973
23 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP PREGAME FOX Sat. 8:05 PM 6,919
24 CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS – S ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 6,899
25 BULL – R CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 6,843

All numbers are live + same-day. 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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