Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, December 8, 2019

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

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL Overrun (CBS) 6.4/22 26.92
Football Night in America (NBC) 2.3/10 8.81
2019 Miss Universe (FOX) (7-10 p.m.) – S 0.9/4 3.82
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.7/3 4.89
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) 3.3/16 16.52
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) (8-8:15 p.m.) 4.1/17 14.27
AFV: America, This is You (ABC) – S 0.6/3 3.99
Supergirl (The CW) 0.6/3 1.67
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:15-11 p.m.) 4.1/19 13.57
God Friended Me (CBS) 1.0/5 7.82
9 p.m. Kids Say the Darndest Things (ABC) 0.4/2 2.64
Crisis Aftermath (The CW) – S 0.2/1 0.70
9:30 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.7/4 6.42
10 p.m. The Rookie (ABC) 0.6/3 3.67
10:30 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) – F 0.5/3 5.33


Unsurprisingly, the first part of the CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths” DC crossover event carried “Supergirl” to new highs in Sunday night’s primetime ratings.

At 8 p.m., “Supergirl” rose to new season highs in both the adults 18-49 demo and in total viewers, with its crossover episode scoring a 0.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 1.67 million viewers. The highs from “Supergirl” were not continued by the network’s “Crisis Aftermath” special, which posted only a 0.2 rating and 695,000 viewers in the 9 p.m. hour.

Elsewhere, CBS’ primetime shows were, once again, delayed by a late-afternoon NFL overrun, with “60 Minutes” starting around 7:45 p.m. So, pending updates, “60 Minutes” is sitting high with a 3.3 rating, and “God Friended Me” (1.0) is similarly up quite a bit from its more recent episodes. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” however, is down a tenth from its 0.8 last Sunday, while the series finale of “Madam Secretary” posted a 0.5 rating in this morning’s preliminary numbers, matching its rating from a week ago.

On ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” kicked off the night for the network with a 0.7 rating, and the network’s “AFV: America, This is You” special followed it with a 0.6 and 3.99 million viewers. Pushed to the 9 p.m. time slot, “Kids Say the Darndest Things” returned from its 2-week break with a series low 0.4 rating. “The Rookie” capped off the night for ABC with a 0.6, up a tenth from its 0.5 a week ago.

FOX’s broadcast of the 2019 Miss Universe competition averaged a 0.9 rating and 3.82 million viewers across its 3-hour run time, which puts it a bit below the 1.1 rating and 4.26 million viewer audience that the 2018 competition scored last year. Meanwhile, NBC’s broadcast of the Rams vs. Seahawks “Sunday Night Football” game averaged a 4.1 rating and 13.57 million viewers, down from “SNF’s” preliminary numbers (5.5, 18.92 million) last week.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 3.7/17 2.1/9 0.9/4 0.6/3 0.4/2
Total Viewers (millions) 12.47 11.72 3.82 3.80 1.18


: 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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