Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, December 30, 2018

Note: Live sports broadcasts on CBS, FOX, 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 (FOX) 4.1/17 14.63
NFL Overrun (CBS) 3.6/15 15.75
Football Night in America (NBC) 1.5/7 6.01
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.6/3 4.37
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 2.3/9 8.01
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) 3.5/15 12.40
The Orville (FOX) – P 1.3/6 4.75
60 Minutes (CBS) 1.2/5 7.68
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.8/3 4.50
iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1 (The CW) (8-10 p.m.) – R 0.2/1 0.86
8:30 p.m. NFL Football (NBC) (8:20-11:30 p.m.) 4.0/17 14.19
9 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.8/3 3.96
The Neighborhood (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.15
Family Guy (FOX) – R 0.6/3 2.00
9:30 p.m. The Neighborhood (CBS) – R 0.5/2 3.51
Rel (FOX) – R 0.4/2 1.37
10 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.6/3 2.96
God Friended Me (CBS) – R 0.4/2 3.21


FOX’s “The Orville” got its second season off to an okay start.

Before moving to its regular Thursday night time slot, the Seth MacFarlane sci-fi series had a special season 2 premiere Sunday night. Pending updates, and with a late-afternoon NFL lead-in, “The Orville” scored a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 with 4.75 million viewers.

While this is below the 2.7 that its NFL-boosted series premiere had scored in 2017, it is also well ahead of the 0.9 that its season finale posted last year, and even with its first season’s overall 1.3 average. Whether or not the show will be able to stick close to these numbers when it moves back to Thursday nights, where it won’t have the help of an NFL lead-in, will have to wait to be seen.

Elsewhere, CBS’ “60 Minutes” was once again inflated by a late-afternoon NFL overrun, and scored an early 1.2 with 7.68 million viewers. Meanwhile, on NBC, “Sunday Night Football” raked in a 10.7 rating in metered-market households, down from the 12.6 that the previous week’s “SNF” game had scored.


Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.6/15 1.7/7 1.4/6 0.7/3 0.2/1
Total Viewers (millions) 12.90 5.92 7.62 3.95 0.86


: 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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