Football powers NBC and CBS to the top in week 12 broadcast Top 25 and network rankings

The broadcast networks started to cut back on original shows a bit in the week of Dec. 11. The NFL season, however, isn’t over yet, and once again football fueled the top of the week’s ratings, either directly or indirectly.

Directly: “Sunday Night Football” on NBC was a clear No. 1 in both adults 18-49 (5.9 rating) and total viewers (19.19 million), and the last segment of “Football Night in America” and “Thursday Night Football” tied for second in the 18-49 demographic. NBC scored an easy victory for the week in the demo.

Indirectly: The largest audience for any NFL game this season — nearly 27 million people for CBS’ late-afternoon game between New England and Pittsburgh — helped push “60 Minutes” into fifth place in adults 18-49 (2.4) and second in viewers (14.42 million). That in turn helped CBS average the most viewers for the week.

Here are the network standings for the week of Dec. 11-17 and the season so far.

Dec. 11-17 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.8/3 (4) 1.2/5 (2) 0.3/1 (7) 1.0/4 (3) 1.9/8 (1) 0.4/2 (6t) 0.4/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 3.54 (3) 7.93 (1) 1.09 (6t) 3.31 (4) 7.81 (2) 1.09 (6t) 1.37 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.5/6 (4) 1.7/7 (3) 0.7/3 (5) 1.8/7 (2) 2.4/9 (1) 0.5/2 (6t) 0.5/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 6.34 (3) 9.81 (1) 1.90 (5) 6.02 (4) 9.19 (2) 1.40 (7) 1.55 (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 in adults 18-49 for Dec. 11-17, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COWBOYS/RAIDERS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 5.9 7,648
2 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:54 PM 2.9 3,792
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BRONCOS/COLTS NBC Thurs. 8:27 PM 2.9 3,745
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.6 3,366
5 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:38 PM 2.4 3,133
6 YOUNG SHELDON CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 2.0 2,531
7 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,457
EMPIRE FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,419
9 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,264
10 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,228
FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 1.7 2,218
MODERN FAMILY ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.7 2,181
13 THE GOLDBERGS ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,040
14 A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE – S FOX Sun. 7:00 PM 1.5 1,975
15 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,836
OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE – S ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,802
MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.4 1,756
18 THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,702
STAR FOX Weds. 9:01 PM 1.3 1,688
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC Weds. 9:31 PM 1.3 1,651
BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,632
22 GWEN STEFANI’S YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS – S NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,586
TNF PREGAME NBC Thurs. 7:57 PM 1.2 1,531
BLACK-ISH ABC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,515
SPEECHLESS ABC Weds. 8:30 PM 1.2 1,490

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Dec. 11-17, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COWBOYS/RAIDERS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 19,191
2 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:38 PM 14,421
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 13,739
4 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 12,579
5 YOUNG SHELDON CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 11,645
6 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 10,865
7 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BRONCOS/COLTS NBC Thurs. 8:27 PM 10,642
8 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,446
9 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:54 PM 9,822
10 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 9,770
11 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 8,748
12 MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 8,649
13 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 8,475
14 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 8,214
15 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 7,712
16 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 9:38 PM 7,212
17 GWEN STEFANI’S YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS – S NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 7,151
18 MACGYVER CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 6,867
19 WISDOM OF THE CROWD CBS Sun. 8:38 PM 6,654
20 LIFE IN PIECES CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 6,650
21 SWAT CBS Thurs. 10:00 PM 6,455
22 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 6,308
23 CHICAGO MED NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 6,196
24 THE GOLDBERGS ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 6,077
25 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 6,064

All program ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.