Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), Fox (NFL Overrun, 7-8pm) and CBS (Regional overruns) 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 Jets and New England Patriots 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. Comparing just the primetime portions of the fast affiliate ratings, NBC’s Sunday Night Football New England Patriots vs. New York Jets posted a 7.3 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11p, down from last week’s Sunday night matchup (Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers), which delivered a 7.9 rating from 8:30-11p in the Fast Nationals before rising to an 8.8 rating from 8:31-11:48p in the Finals.

The Simpsons fell 5% vs. last week to a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating. Allen Gregory dropped a tenth from last week to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating.  Family Guy was even with last week’s 3.1 adults 18-49 rating and American Dad fell a tenth from last week to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating.

Once Upon A Time was even with last week’s 3.8 adults 18-49 rating. Desperate Housewives rose 7% to a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating.  Pan Am was up a tenth of a point vs. last week to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating. Still headed for Cancellation International Airport. Earlier in the evening, America’s Funniest Home Videos rose 13% vs. its last new episode three weeks ago to a 1.7 adults 18-49 rating.

CBS had regional overruns of 29 minutes in about 12% of the US [atl, stl, new orl, phil, dc, balt, mia, cle] so expect adjustments to these preliminary numbers, so making comparisons to previous episodes is folly (but expect it to happen in other TV media) 60 Minutes had a 2.3 adults 18-49 rating. The Amazing Race drew a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating and The Good Wife scored a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. CSI: Miami notched a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, November 13, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM FOX NFL Football 7.3 19 19.201
CBS 60 Minutes 2.3 6 13.250
NBC Football Night In America 2.3 6 6.650
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos 1.7 4 7.297
7:30PM FOX NFL Football/The OT 4.8 12 11.860
NBC Football Night In America 3.4 9 8.966
8:00PM NBC Football Night In America 5.4 13 15.333
ABC Once Upon A Time 3.8 9 11.327
FOX The Simpsons 3.5 8 7.528
CBS The Amazing Race 2.7 6 10.576
8:30PM NBC NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11p)
FOX Allen Gregory 2.0 5 4.237
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 3.1 7 5.961
ABC Desperate Housewives 3.0 7 9.221
CBS The Good Wife 2.0 4 10.074
9:30PM FOX American Dad 2.4 5 4.849
10:00PM CBS CSI:Miami 2.1 5 9.817
ABC Pan Am 1.8 4 5.685

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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