Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016

Note: Live NFL telecasts on NBC, CBS and FOX could result in greater than usual adjustments for those networks. Numbers for the 10:55 p.m. ET repeat of “Limitless” weren’t available in the early tally.

The numbers for Sunday:

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (CBS) (7-7:55 p.m.) 5.4/17 21.52
Football Night in America (NBC) (7-8:30 p.m.) 3.5/10 11.34
NFL overrun (FOX) 3.3/10 9.99
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 1.1/4 5.92
7:30 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) (7:55-8:55 p.m.) 2.4/7 13.43
The OT (FOX) 2.2/7 6.22
8 p.m. The Simpsons (FOX) 2.0/6 4.43
Galavant (ABC) – P 0.9/3 3.22
8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC) (8:30-11 p.m.) 7.0/21 21.49
Undercover Boss (CBS) (8:55-9:55 p.m.) 1.4/4 6.64
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life (FOX) – P 1.2/3 2.63
9 p.m. Family Guy (FOX) 1.7/5 3.25
Quantico (ABC) – R 0.4/1 1.87
9:30 p.m. Bordertown (FOX) – P 1.1/3 2.36
Limitless (CBS) (9:55-10:55 p.m.) – R 0.7/2 3.17
10 p.m. Quantico (ABC) – R 0.4/1 2.01


Sunday was a rough night for season and series premieres. Of the three debuts, “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” on FOX fared the best, albeit with a modest 1.2 coming off a decent “Simpsons” lead-in (2.0). “Bordertown” (1.1) fared poorly after “Family Guy” (1.7, even with its last episode).

The Season 2 debut of “Galavant,” meanwhile, matched its series low with a 0.9 on ABC.

The final “Sunday Night Football” of the regular season is currently at 7.0, pending updates, up significantly from last week’s 5.3 in the fast nationals. “Undercover Boss” is even with last week’s 1.4, pending updates.

Network averages:

Adults 18-49 rating/share 5.7/17 2.5/7 1.9/5 0.7/2
Total Viewers (millions) 17.69 11.19 4.81 3.25


: 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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