Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, December 23, 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. NFL Overrun (CBS) 5.7/26 24.45
Football Night in America (NBC) 1.8/8 7.06
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (FOX) – R 0.9/4 3.13
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.5/2 3.62
7:30 p.m. Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.43
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) 4.1/18 14.92
60 Minutes (CBS) 1.8/8 10.94
The Simpsons (FOX) – R 0.6/3 1.72
Disney’s Prep & Landing (ABC) – R 0.4/2 2.20
Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic (The CW) – R 0.2/1 0.91
8:30 p.m. NFL Football (NBC) (8:20-11:30 p.m.) 4.6/20 16.92
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice (ABC) – R 0.5/2 1.98
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.36
9 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) 0.8/4 5.86
The Year: 2018 (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – S 0.5/2 2.82
Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.5/2 1.49
Charmed (The CW) – R 0.1/1 0.46
9:30 p.m. Rel (FOX) – R 0.3/1 0.93
10 p.m. God Friended Me (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.73


CBS benefitted from another late-afternoon NFL overrun in the Sunday primetime ratings this week.

“60 Minutes” scored an inflated 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, though, it didn’t quite match its high 2.5 from the week before. “Madam Secretary” followed it an hour earlier than when it usually airs, and scored a 0.8 with its 100th episode. This was up both two-tenths from its previous episode, and marked a new season high for the series.

Elsewhere, ABC’s encore broadcasts of the “Prep & Landing” (0.4) and “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice” (0.5) holiday specials acted as lead-ins to the network’s annual “The Year” special, which raked in a 0.5 with 2.82 million viewers.

NBC’s broadcast of the Chiefs vs. Seahawks “Sunday Night Football” game predictably won the night with an early 4.6 rating in adults 18-49, down slightly from the previous week’s “SNF” game (4.9 early, 5.4 final). In metered markets, the game scored a 12.6 household rating, making it the highest-rated week 16 game for “SNF” since 2014.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.2/19 2.2/10 0.5/2 0.5/2 0.1/1
Total Viewers (millions) 15.19 11.24 2.83 1.68 0.69


: 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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