Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, December 16, 2018

Note: Live sports broadcasts on CBS and NBC will result in greater adjustments than usual in the finals for those networks. 

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. Football Night in America (NBC) 2.2/9 8.08
2018 Miss Universe (FOX) (7-10 p.m.) – S 1.1/4 4.19
The Sound of Music (ABC) (7-11 p.m.) – R 0.7/3 4.20
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) 2.4/10 14.16
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) 4.1/16 13.68
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018 (The CW) (8-9:30 p.m.) – S 0.2/1 0.67
8:30 p.m. NFL Football (NBC) (8:20-11:30 p.m.) 4.9/19 16.15
God Friended Me (CBS) 1.1/4 8.42
9:30 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.9/4 6.84
Discontinued (The CW) – S 0.1/1 0.45
10:30 p.m. FBI (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.50

 

The Miss Universe competition held steady year-to-year, as FOX’s broadcast of the annual event posted a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49, even with the 2017 competition in the demo. Meanwhile, ABC’s annual “Sound of Music” broadcast grabbed a 0.7 average with 4.20 million viewers, down a tenth from its 2017 broadcast.

A late-afternoon NFL overrun boosted CBS’ primetime lineup yet again, starting with “60 Minutes” at 7:30 p.m., which is currently sitting at a season high 2.4. “God Friended Me” followed it with a 1.1, up one-tenth from its last NFL-boosted episode. “NCIS: Los Angeles” (0.9) stayed steady.

Elsewhere, NBC’s broadcast of the Eagles vs. Rams “Sunday Night Football” game scored an early 4.9 average, down from the 5.3 preliminary rating that last week’s “SNF” game had scored. On the CW, “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball” raked in a 0.2, while the “Discontinued” special scored a 0.1.

Network averages:

NBC CBS FOX ABC CW
Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.1/16 2.0/8 1.1/4 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 14.04 11.15 4.19 4.20 0.59

 

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:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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