The week before Christmas was light on original programming on the broadcast networks, with reruns and specials making up the bulk of the schedule. Which made NBC’s dual primetime NFL slate more potent.

“Sunday Night Football” (6.4 rating in adults 18-49, 21.41 million viewers) and “Thursday Night Football” (5.1, 17.95 million) were by far the two top shows of the week. They also helped NBC to a dominant win in the network race. The Peacock scored a 2.2 among adults 18-49 and was the only network above a 1.0 average.

Here are the network standings for the week of Dec. 19-25 and the season to date.

Dec. 19-25 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.9/3 (2) 0.8/3 (3) 0.2/1 (7) 0.7/3 (4t) 2.2/8 (1) 0.5/2 (6) 0.7/3 (4t)
Viewers (millions) (rank) 3.64 (3) 5.20 (2) 0.77 (7) 2.19 (4) 9.00 (1) 1.28 (6) 1.93 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.7/6 (4) 1.9/7 (3) 0.7/2 (5t) 2.1/7 (2) 2.7/10 (1) 0.7/2 (5t) 0.7/2 (5t)
Viewers (millions) (rank) 6.84 (3) 10.12 (1) 1.94 (5) 6.51 (4) 9.89 (1) 1.69 (7) 1.84 (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. 19-25, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BRONCOS/CHIEFS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 6.4 8,214
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – GIANTS/EAGLES NBC Thurs. 8:27 PM 5.1 6,585
3 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 8:01 PM 3.7 4,705
4 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 2.0 2,622
5 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME NBC Thurs. 7:59 PM 1.8 2,348
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,315
7 UFC 206 SPECIAL PRESENTATION FOX Sat. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,088
THE WALL – P NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 1.6 2,044
9 LIGA MX – TIGRES/AMERICA UNI Sun. 7:30 PM 1.4 1,920
10 OPRAH WINFREY SPECIAL: MICHELLE OBAMA CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,725
11 A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS – R ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,595
THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,579
SCORPION CBS Mon. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,483
2 BROKE GIRLS CBS Mon. 9:30 PM 1.2 1,477
15 LIGA MX – AMERICA/TIGRES UNI Thurs. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,600
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – R NBC Fri. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,455
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,444
MAN WITH A PLAN CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,420
UNDERCOVER BOSS – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,393
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT – F ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,382
NBA CHRISTMAS POSTGAME ABC Sun. 7:44 PM 1.1 1,359
22 UNDERCOVER BOSS CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,317
THE YEAR: 2016 ABC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,284
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – R NBC Sat. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,277
SHREK THE HALLS – R ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 1.0 1,277
NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,244

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for Dec. 19-25, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BRONCOS/CHIEFS NBC Sun. 8:31 PM 21,413
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – GIANTS/EAGLES NBC Thurs. 8:27 PM 17,945
3 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 8:01 PM 13,263
4 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 9,759
5 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR – S NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 9,538
6 OPRAH WINFREY SPECIAL: MICHELLE OBAMA CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 9,467
7 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,870
8 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 7,637
9 SCORPION CBS Mon. 10:00 PM 7,531
10 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME NBC Thurs. 7:59 PM 7,488
11 BULL – R CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 6,969
12 TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90 – S NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 6,687
13 THE WALL – P NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 6,532
14 BLUE BLOODS – R CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 6,344
15 MAN WITH A PLAN CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 6,167
16 CODE BLACK CBS Weds. 10:00 PM 5,976
17 UNDERCOVER BOSS – P CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 5,898
18 A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS – R ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 5,489
19 BULL – R CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 5,398
20 UNDERCOVER BOSS CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 5,375
21 MICHAEL BUBLE SINGS AND SWINGS – S NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 5,292
22 HAWAII FIVE-0 – R CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 5,168
23 MOM – R CBS Thurs. 9:01 PM 5,029
24 2 BROKE GIRLS CBS Mon. 9:30 PM 5,025
25 LAST MAN STANDING – R ABC Fri. 8:00 PM 4,990

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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