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[12/19/16 - 08:33 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: No Stopping "Sunday Night Football" on NBC
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 (12/18/16):

NBC (19.016 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1) coasted to victory on Sunday behind its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.556 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (11.880 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.7, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.837 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.5, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (20.880 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.0, #1).

CBS (11.953 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then was the silver draw with "NFL Overrun" (21.562 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #3), "60 Minutes" (14.728 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (10.508 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Madam Secretary" (8.687 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Elementary" (6.214 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Next up was ABC (5.336 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its annual telecast of "The Sound of Music" (5.336 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, encores of "Breakthrough Prize" (2.296 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "The Simpsons" (1.842 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "Son of Zorn" (1.390 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14), "Family Guy" (1.521 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.096 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on FOX (1.740 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+115.38% - 60 Minutes
+57.14% - Madam Secretary
+50.00% - Elementary
+12.12% - Football Night in America #2
+5.00% - Football Night in America #1
-3.51% - Football Night in America #3
-7.89% - Sunday Night Football
-22.22% - NCIS: Los Angeles (vs. 11/27/16)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+85.00% - Football Night in America #2
+34.15% - Football Night in America #3
+31.25% - Football Night in America #1
+27.27% - Sunday Night Football
-18.18% - Elementary (vs. CSI: Cyber)
-21.43% - Madam Secretary (vs. Undercover Boss)
-46.15% - NCIS: Los Angeles (vs. 60 Minutes)
-56.25% - 60 Minutes (vs. NFL Overrun)


Here are the highlights of the 10 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/20/15):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live sports, Fast Nationals for CBS (7-8p) and NBC prime are approximate.]

NBC (14.014 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) was once again the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.697 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (6.514 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (12.298 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.1, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.857 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.5, #2).

CBS (12.147 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) then took home the silver with a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (23.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.4, #1) followed by an abbreviated lineup of "60 Minutes" (11.838 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4), the return of "Undercover Boss" (6.890 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "CSI: Cyber" (6.148 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was FOX (6.158 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with its presentation of "The 64th Annual Miss Universe Pageant" (6.158 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6).

And finally, ABC (4.717 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the evening with its annual "The Sound of Music: Sing-a-Long" (4.717 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+62.50% - 60 Minutes
+37.50% - CSI: Cyber
-11.11% - Football Night in America #1
-11.29% - Sunday Night Football
-19.61% - Football Night in America #3
-35.48% - Football Night in America #2

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+5.77% - Sunday Night Football
-6.67% - Undercover Boss
-6.82% - Football Night in America #3
-10.34% - 60 Minutes
-21.43% - CSI: Cyber
-23.81% - Football Night in America #1
-35.48% - Football Night in America #2

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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