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[12/16/19 - 08:23 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Sunday Night Football" Keeps NBC on Top
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

Primetime Preliminary Fast National Nielsen Data
(includes all DVR playback through 3:00 am)

Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/15/19):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live events.]

NBC (13.474 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) cruised to another victory on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.068 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.355 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.483 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.7, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1).

FOX (6.497 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) got a boost from a full hour of "The OT" (13.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2) followed by the 2019 finales of "The Simpsons" (5.038 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Bless the Harts" (2.776 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Bob's Burgers" (2.416 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Family Guy" (2.311 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was CBS (6.515 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its combination of "60 Minutes" (8.316 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "The 42nd Kennedy Center Honors" (6.957 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and a repeat "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.830 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.008 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up its annual rebroadcast of "The Sound of Music" (4.008 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, the premiere of "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.577 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and a second "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.440 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.509 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+157.14% - The Simpsons (vs. 12/1/19)
+50.00% - Bob's Burgers (vs. 12/1/19)
+7.32% - Sunday Night Football
0.00% - Bless the Harts (vs. 11/24/19)
0.00% - Family Guy (vs. 11/24/19)
-9.76% - Football Night in America #3
-22.22% - Football Night in America #2
-26.32% - Football Night in America #1
-75.76% - 60 Minutes

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+63.64% - The Simpsons (vs. 2018 Miss Universe)
0.00% - Football Night in America #1
0.00% - The 42nd Kennedy Center Honors (vs. 12/26/18)
-9.09% - Bless the Harts (vs. 2018 Miss Universe)
-9.76% - Football Night in America #3
-10.20% - Sunday Night Football
-18.18% - Bob's Burgers (vs. 2018 Miss Universe)
-18.18% - Family Guy (vs. 2018 Miss Universe)
-27.59% - Football Night in America #2
-33.33% - The Christmas Caroler Challenge - 9:00 (vs. iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018/Discontinued)
-50.00% - The Christmas Caroler Challenge - 8:00 (vs. iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018)
-66.67% - 60 Minutes


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/16/18):

[Note: Fast affiliate ratings are inaccurate for live sports.]

NBC (7:30-11pm) (14.811 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) continued its reign on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.987 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.675 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.1, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.967 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.9, #2).

Second place then went to CBS (11.145 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (25.726 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1), "60 Minutes" (14.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "God Friended Me" (8.419 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.843 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and a repeat "FBI" (4.592 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was FOX (4.189 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its telecast of "2018 Miss Universe" (4.189 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.197 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its annual broadcast of "The Sound of Music" (4.197 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.625 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with its special "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018" (0.684 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Discontinued" (0.445 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+166.67% - 60 Minutes
+52.63% - Football Night in America #2
+37.50% - God Friended Me
0.00% - NCIS: Los Angeles
-6.67% - Football Night in America #1
-6.82% - Football Night in America #3
-7.55% - Sunday Night Football

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - God Friended Me (vs. Wisdom of the Crowd)
0.00% - NCIS: Los Angeles
-3.33% - Football Night in America #2
-4.65% - Football Night in America #3
-5.77% - Sunday Night Football
-14.29% - 60 Minutes
-17.65% - Football Night in America #1
-26.67% - 2018 Miss Universe (vs. A Christmas Story Live!)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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