Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

Note: Live NFL coverage on CBS and FOX may result in greater adjustments than usual for those networks.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share
Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (FOX) 3.9/16 14.67
NFL overrun (CBS) 3.0/12 12.75
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.9/4 5.24
Dateline (NBC) (7-9 p.m.) – R 0.6/3 4.27
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 2.9/11 10.08
8 p.m. Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve part 1 (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) – S 3.1/12 10.45
FOX New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey (FOX) (8-10 p.m.) – S 1.8/7 5.78
60 Minutes (CBS) 1.3/5 7.49
9 p.m. SWAT (CBS) – R 0.7/3 4.42
The Wall (NBC) – R 0.5/2 2.73
10 p.m. Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve part 2 (ABC) – S 5.0/20 15.72
SEAL Team (CBS) – R 0.6/2 3.75
The Wall (NBC) – R 0.6/2 2.88


The primetime portion of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC ruled the final night of 2017 with ratings up considerably from 2016.

Part 1 of the special, from 8-10 p.m. ET, averaged a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.11 million viewers, up from 1.9 and 6.61 million on Dec. 31, 2016. The 10 p.m. hour drew a 5.0 and 15.72 million viewers, compared to 3.6 and 11.56 million last year. As a whole, the three-hour primetime “NYRE” was up 48 percent in adults 18-49 vs. 2016.

FOX also got solid numbers from “New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey,” which came in at 1.8 and 5.78 million viewers. Late-night New Year’s Eve numbers will be available later.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.0/12 2.3/8 1.4/5 0.6/3
Total Viewers (millions) 10.47 7.98 7.10 3.54


: 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: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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