The week of Dec. 12-18 was the last week of (mostly) regular programming on the broadcast networks before the new year — but as usual, NBC’s primetime NFL telecasts were well ahead of the rest of the pack.

“Sunday Night Football” delivered an 8.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 24.15 million viewers, topping both measures by a wide margin. “The Big Bang Theory” (3.4, 15.96 million) was No. 2 in viewers and fourth in adults 18-49, behind “SNF,” “Thursday Night Football” and the final segment of “Football Night in America.”

Here are the network standings for the week of Dec. 12-18 and the season to date.

Dec. 12-18 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.0/4 (3) 1.5/5 (2) 0.3/1 (7) 0.9/3 (4) 2.7/10 (1) 0.6/2 (5t) 0.6/2 (5t)
Viewers (millions) (rank) 4.46 (3) 8.81 (2) 1.09 (7) 2.72 (4) 10.02 (1) 1.50 (6) 1.69 (5)

 

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) 2.2/8 (2) 2.7/10 (1) 0.7/2 (5t) 0.6/2 (7)
Viewers (millions) (rank) 7.00 (3) 10.34 (1) 1.97 (5) 6.75 (4) 9.87 (2) 1.72 (7) 1.82 (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 Dec. 12-18, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BUCCANEERS/COWBOYS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 8.1 10,386
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAMS/SEAHAWKS NBC Thurs. 8:27 PM 4.3 5,554
3 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:54 PM 4.0 5,164
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3.4 4,369
5 EMPIRE FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 2.7 3,444
6 THE VOICE – F NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2.5 3,172
7 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:41 PM 2.3 2,994
8 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.2 2,770
STAR – P FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 2.2 2,764
10 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 2.0 2,629
MODERN FAMILY ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 2.0 2,590
12 SURVIVOR – F CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,488
13 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,251
14 THE GOLDBERGS ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,244
THE VOICE – RECAP NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,206
16 THE GREAT INDOORS CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.6 2,083
SPEECHLESS ABC Weds. 8:30 PM 1.6 2,032
THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,028
BLACK-ISH ABC Weds. 9:31 PM 1.6 1,993
SNL CHRISTMAS 2016 – S NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.6 1,992
21 AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 1.5 1,902
MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.5 1,882
23 A PENTATONIX CHRISTMAS – S NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,851
BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 1.4 1,849
NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 8:41 PM 1.4 1,793
KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,760

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Dec. 12-18, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BUCCANEERS/COWBOYS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 24,148
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 15,958
3 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 14,764
4 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAMS/SEAHAWKS NBC Thurs. 8:27 PM 14,653
5 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:41 PM 14,088
6 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:54 PM 12,491
7 THE VOICE – F NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 12,140
8 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 11,619
9 THE VOICE – F NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 11,230
10 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 8:41 PM 10,373
11 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 10,034
12 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 9,462
13 SURVIVOR – F CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 9,094
14 MADAM SECRETARY CBS Sun. 9:41 PM 9,047
15 THE VOICE – RECAP NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 8,925
16 MOM CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 8,234
17 THE GREAT INDOORS CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 8,115
18 BLUE BLOODS – R CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 7,944
19 MACGYVER CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 7,670
20 EMPIRE FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 7,578
21 A PENTATONIX CHRISTMAS NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 7,491
22 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 7,311
23 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 7,009
24 SCORPION CBS Mon. 10:00 PM 6,984
25 LIFE IN PIECES CBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 6,936

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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