Scoreboard NBC FOX CBS ABC x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 6.2/17 2.6/17 1.5/4 1.3/4 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share x x x x x
Total Viewers (million) 17.901 6.815 9.087 5.977 x

NBC was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

Note: Due to the nature of live sports coverage, ratings for NBC and FOX (NFL Football) are preliminary and likely to change in the final ratings. Due to NFL football overrun, CBS prime started between 15 and 22 minutes late in a number of markets including New York, Charlotte, Tampa, Nashville, Memphis, Cleveland, Cincinnati and several other markets.

On NBC, Sunday Night Football earned a preliminary 7.7, up from last week’s 6.1 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX, Brooklyn Nine-Nine notched a 1.5, down six tenths from last week’s 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.  Bob’s Burgers notched a 1.2, down four tenths from last week’s 1.6 adults 18-49 rating.

On CBS, 60 Minutes scored a 1.7, up a tenth from last week’s 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. A special Undercover Boss earned a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. The Mentalist notched a 1.3, up two tenths from last week’s 1.1 adults 18-49 rating.  CSI matched last week’s 1.2, adults 18-49 rating. 

On ABC, the special Backstage With Disney on Broadway earned a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating. Once Upon a Time scored a series low matching 1.7, down three tenths  from last week’s season low 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. The annual special Barbara Walters: 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 garnered a 1.4, down sharply from the 2.2 the special earned last year. 

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, December 14, 2014 (All Ratings Live+ Same Day):

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM FOX NFL Football 5.8 17 17.14
NBC Football Night in America 2.2 7 6.88
CBS 60 Minutes 1.7 5 11.57
ABC Backstage With Disney on Broadway 0.5 1 2.93
7:30PM FOX The OT 3.5 10 9.52
NBC Football Night in America 3.4 10 10.29
8:00 PM NBC Football Night in America 5.6 16 16.93
FOX The Simpsons -R 2.0 6 5.04
CBS Undercover Boss 1.7 5 8.95
ABC Once Upon a Time 1.7 5 5.60
8:30PM NBC Sunday Night Football 7.7 21 21.82
FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.5 4 3.53
9:00PM ABC Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014(9-11PM) 1.4 4 7.70
FOX Family Guy -R 1.4 4 3.14
CBS The Mentalist 1.3 3 8.41
9:30PM FOX Bob’s Burgers 1.2 3 2.53
10:00PM CBS CSI 1.2 4 7.42


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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