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[12/31/18 - 08:16 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Sunday Night Football" Wraps on Top for 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 19 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/30/18):

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

NBC (7:30-11pm) (12.900 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) wrapped the final Sunday of 2018 on top with the finales to "Football Night in America #1" (4.787 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Football Night in America #2" (7.240 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6), "Football Night in America #3" (12.396 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.133 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2).

FOX (5.917 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then got the number two spot with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (14.633 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1), "The OT" (8.011 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), the return of "The Orville" (4.747 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and repeats of "Family Guy" (1.996 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Rel" (1.369 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T17).

Next up was CBS (7.615 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with a full hour "NFL Overrun" (13.535 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.4, #4) alongside repeats of "60 Minutes" (7.676 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Neighborhood" (4.152 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), another "The Neighborhood" (3.512 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "God Friended Me" (3.205 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T17).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.947 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a marathon of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.366 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), another "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.497 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), yet another "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and even more "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.963 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1" (0.862 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #19) on The CW (0.862 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-5.00% - Football Night in America #2
-13.04% - Sunday Night Football
-14.63% - Football Night in America #3
-26.67% - Football Night in America #1

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+640.74% - Sunday Night Football (vs. Various (Repeats))
+600.00% - Football Night in America #3 (vs. Dateline NBC (Repeat))
+280.00% - Football Night in America #2 (vs. Dateline NBC (Repeat))
+120.00% - Football Night in America #1 (vs. Dateline NBC (Repeat))
-27.78% - The Orville (vs. FOX's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square)


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/31/17):

ABC (10.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) closed out 2017 on top with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.245 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 - Part 1" (10.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #3) and "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 - Part 2" (15.719 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1).

FOX (7.975 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then was the silver draw with "NFL Overrun" (14.671 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2), "The OT" (10.082 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T4) and "FOX's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square" (5.775 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7).

Next up was CBS (7.101 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (11.861 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #T4), "60 Minutes" (11.072 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #6), "SWAT" (5.585 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "SEAL Team" (3.993 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Bull" (3.645 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "Dateline NBC" (4.273 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), "The Wall" (2.729 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and another "The Wall" (2.875 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) on NBC (3.537 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) rounded out the evening.

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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