Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, December 9, 2018

Note: Live sports broadcasts on 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) 6.7/26 23.71
Football Night in America (NBC) 1.7/7 6.44
60 Minutes (CBS) 0.9/4 8.81
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) 0.6/3 4.17
7:30 p.m. The OT (FOX) 6.7/26 22.83
8 p.m. SNF Pregame (NBC) 4.4/16 15.54
The Simpsons (FOX) 2.8/11 7.54
God Friended Me (CBS) 0.8/3 7.49
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors (ABC) – F 0.6/3 4.10
The Flash (The CW) 0.6/3 1.79
8:30 p.m. NFL Football (NBC) (8:20-11:30 p.m.) 5.3/20 17.31
Bob’s Burgers (FOX) 1.8/7 4.37
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.5/6 3.51
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.9/4 7.45
Shark Tank (ABC) 0.7/3 3.43
Charmed (The CW) 0.3/1 0.96
9:30 p.m. REL (FOX) 0.8/3 2.07
10 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) 0.6/3 5.35
Shark Tank (ABC) – R 0.5/2 2.46


A big late-afternoon NFL overrun provided FOX’s entire Sunday scripted lineup with an even larger ratings boost than normal. Following “The OT” (6.7), “The Simpsons” posted an early 2.8 rating in adults 18-49, beating its previous season high by a whole point. “Bob’s Burgers” (1.8), “Family Guy” (1.5), and “REL” (0.8) rounded out the night for the network, by either exceeding or tying their previous season highs as well.

Elsewhere, “60 Minutes” kicked off the night for CBS with a 0.9, down a tenth from its last, non-NFL-inflated broadcast. “God Friended Me” (0.8) and “Madam Secretary” (0.6) were both steady with their most recent normal broadcasts too, while “NCIS: Los Angeles” (0.9) ticked up a tenth.

On ABC, the season finale of “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” (0.6) stayed even week-to-week, as did “Shark Tank” (0.7). “America’s Funniest Home Videos” fell to a season low 0.6.

Meanwhile, the CW began its “Elseworlds” superhero crossover event, as “The Flash” raked in a 0.6 with 1.79 million at 8 p.m. This is on par with how “The Flash” has been performing Tuesday nights all season, but is up noticeably from the 0.4s and 0.3s that “Supergirl” has been averaging in the Sunday time slot this fall. “Charmed” followed “The Flash” in steady fashion, and held onto a 0.3.

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” coverage rebounded from the week before, with the Rams vs. Bears game posting a 5.3 early rating, up from the 4.8 preliminary rating that the previous week’s “SNF” game had scored (it later adjusted up to a 5.4).

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 4.7/17 3.4/13 0.8/3 0.6/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (millions) 15.50 10.67 7.27 3.54 1.38


: 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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