Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football) and CBS (NFL overrun) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Of course the Sunday Night Football game between the NY Giants and Philadelphia Eagles will top the night for adults 18-49 and total viewers, but we’ll have to wait for the final ratings to know by how much. Just looking at the preliminary numbers, Sunday Night Football Game 11: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants posted a 6.6 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11p, down from last week’s Sunday night matchup (New England Patriots vs. New York Jets), which delivered a 7.3 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11p in the Fast Nationals before rising to an 8.1 adults 18-49 rating from 8:31-11:37p in the Finals.

Starting the night for Fox, The Cleveland Show drew a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, down 25% from its last original 4 weeks ago which followed The Simpsons. Without last week’s NFL overrun boost, The Simpsons tumbled 21% to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. Allen Gregory slipped another 5% vs. last week to a series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Family Guy was even with last week’s 3.1 adults 18-49 rating and American Dad was also even with last week, at a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

ABC had the American Music Awards which drew a 4.3 adults 18-49 rating even with last season’s show. Earlier, the Countdown to the American Music Awards had a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS had an NFL overruns of 25 minutes in in the Eastern and Central time zones so expect adjustments to these preliminary numbers, and making comparisons to previous episodes is folly (but expect it to happen in other TV media) 60 Minutes had a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. The Amazing Race drew a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating and The Good Wife scored a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. CSI: Miami notched a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, November 20, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM CBS NFL Overrun 5.6 15 19.057
NBC Football Night In America 2.3 6 7.232
ABC Countdown to American Music Awards 1.3 3 4.458
FOX The Cleveland Show _R 1.2 3 3.014
7:30PM NBC Football Night In America 3.8 10 10.257
FOX The Cleveland Show 1.8 5 3.819
CBS 60 Minutes 3.0 8 13.866
8:00PM NBC Football Night In America 4.7 12 13.290
ABC The American Music Awards (8-11p) 4.3 10 12.040
FOX The Simpsons 2.7 7 5.739
8:30PM NBC NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11p) 6.6 15 17.527
FOX Allen Gregory 1.9 4 3.973
CBS The Amazing Race 2.7 6 10.046
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 3.1 7 6.037
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.4 5 4.794
CBS The Good Wife 1.9 4 9.650
10:30PM CBS CSI:Miami 1.7 4 8.890

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


Fast Affiliate Ratings: These first national ratings, including demographics, are available at approximately 11 AM (ET) the day after telecast, and are released to subscribing customers daily. These data, from the National People Meter sample, are strictly time-period information, based on the normal broadcast network feed, and include all programming on the affiliated stations, sometimes including network programming, sometimes not. 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. For example, with a World Series game, Fast Affiliate Ratings would include whatever aired from 8-11PM on affiliates in the Pacific Time Zone, following the live baseball game, but not game coverage that begins at 5PM PT. The same would be true of Presidential debates as well as live award shows and breaking news reports.

Rating: 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.

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. (See also, Rating, which represents tuning or viewing as a percent of the entire population being measured.)

Time Shifted Viewing – Program ratings for national sources are produced in three streams of data – Live, Live+Same Day (Live+SD) and Live+7 Day. Time shifted figures account for incremental viewing that takes place with DVRs. Live+Same Day (Live+SD) include viewing during the same broadcast day as the original telecast, with a cut-off of 3:00AM local time when meters transmit daily viewing to Nielsen for processing. Live+7 Day ratings include incremental viewing that takes place during the 7 days following a telecast.

For more information see Numbers 101 and Numbers 102.

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