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[12/24/18 - 08:21 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Sunday Night Football" Top Charts
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 20 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/23/18):

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

NBC (7:30-11pm) (15.191 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.270 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (7.848 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.921 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.1, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.714 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2).

CBS (11.243 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then got a boost from a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (24.448 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1) followed by new episodes of "60 Minutes" (10.937 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and "Madam Secretary" (5.860 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) plus a repeat "God Friended Me" (3.725 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was ABC (2.834 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.615 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Disney Prep & Landing" (2.195 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17), "Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (1.982 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and the annual special "The Year: 2018" (2.815 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up repeats of "Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas" (3.134 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Bob's Burgers" (1.434 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "The Simpsons" (1.723 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.356 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.492 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Rel" (0.933 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18).

And finally, The CW (0.688 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic" (0.914 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #19) and "Charmed" (0.462 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #20).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Madam Secretary (vs. 12/9/18)
+7.14% - Football Night in America #1
0.00% - Football Night in America #3
-6.12% - Sunday Night Football
-25.00% - 60 Minutes
-31.03% - Football Night in America #2

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+650.00% - Football Night in America #1 (vs. DreamWorks Trolls Holiday (Repeat))
+566.67% - Football Night in America #2 (vs. How Murray Saved Christmas (Repeat))
+411.11% - Sunday Night Football (vs. It's a Wonderful Life (Repeat))
+355.56% - Football Night in America #3 (vs. It's a Wonderful Life (Repeat))
+260.00% - 60 Minutes (vs. I Love Lucy Christmas Special (Repeat))
+60.00% - Madam Secretary (vs. Dick Van Dyke - Now in Living Color! Special (Repeat))
-28.57% - The Year: 2018 (vs. Beauty and the Beast/Shark Tank (Repeat))


Here are the highlights of the 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/24/17):

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

FOX (6.808 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) led the network race on Sunday with its combination of "NFL Overrun" (16.544 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) and "The OT" (9.873 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) plus repeats of "The Simpsons" (5.132 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" (3.640 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Family Guy" (3.150 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "Bob's Burgers" (2.507 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

The silver then went to NBC (3.808 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with its holiday encores of "DreamWorks Trolls Holiday" (1.215 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16), "How Murray Saved Christmas" (1.246 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "It's a Wonderful Life" (4.667 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Next up was ABC (2.980 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.444 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Beauty and the Beast" (3.133 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Shark Tank" (2.212 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, CBS (4.166 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out Christmas Eve with "60 Minutes" (6.391 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (3.878 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Dick Van Dyke - Now in Living Color! Special" (3.176 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Blue Bloods" (3.220 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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