Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), CBS (regional NFL overruns) and Fox (7-8pm NFL Football + The OT) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC won the night with Sunday Night Football, but an close afternoon game between the Packers and NY Giants that ran into primetime gave Fox a big boost to their nightly averages.

We won’t have the final ratings until tomorrow, but in the preliminary fast affiliate ratings  Sunday Night Football  (Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints) posted a 6.5 adults 18-49 rating 8:30-11p, about even with last week’s Sunday night matchup (Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs), which delivered a 6.7 adults 18-49 rating from 8:30-11p in the fast affiliate ratings before rising to a 7.9 adults 18-49 rating from 8:31-11:23p in the Finals.

Because it was a mix of live NFL and post game show, the preliminary results for Fox’s 7pm hour will be substantially adjusted. With a big NFL tailwind,  The Simpsons soared 54% vs. last week to a 4.0 adults 18-49 rating matching its season high. The now defacto canceled Allen Gregory even joined in the party shooting up  60% to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating. Family Guy kept up the increases, rising 25% vs. last week to a  3.5 adults 18-49 rating and and moving to 9:30 The Cleveland Show scored a 2.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 14% from American Dad’s rating from last Sunday in the timeslot.

ABC’s Once Upon a Time kept falling, down another 9%, setting a new season/series  low 3.1 adults 18-49 rating. Desperate Housewives, back after a 3 week gap, fell 14% to a series low 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Also back after 3 weeks, the canceled for all but the crazy, Pan Am dipped 11% to a series low 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. Earlier in the evening, America’s Funniest Home Videos fell 22% vs. last week to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating which tied its regular season low.

CBS had a 15 minute NFL overrun into primetime in a handful of metro areas* so these results are more likely than usual to be adjusted in the final ratings. 60 Minutes crashed back to earth from its football boosted episode last week down 51% to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating.The Amazing Race was down 7% to a season low 2.7 adults 18-49 rating. After a week off, The Good Wife steady vs. its last new episode’s series low 1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Also back from a break last week, CSI: Miami rose 16% to a  2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

*Cleveland, Baltimore, Charlotte, Harrisburg, Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, December 4, 2011:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00PM FOX NFL Football/ The OT 9.0 23 24.551
CBS 60 Minutes 1.8 5 11.938
NBC Football Night In America 1.7 5 5.277
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos 1.4 4 5.955
7:30PM NBC Football Night In America 2.6 7 7.417
8:00PM NBC Football Night In America 5.1 12 14.166
FOX The Simpsons 4.0 10 9.010
ABC Once Upon A Time 3.1 7 9.611
CBS The Amazing Race 2.7 6 9.637
8:30PM NBC NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30-11p) tbd tbd tbd
FOX Allen Gregory 2.4 6 5.219
9:00PM FOX Family Guy 3.5 8 7.051
ABC Desperate Housewives 2.6 6 8.089
CBS The Good Wife 1.9 4 9.793
9:30PM FOX The Cleveland Show 2.5 6 5.431
10:00PM CBS CSI:Miami 2.2 5 10.366
ABC Pan Am 1.6 4 4.673

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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