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[12/05/11 - 08:59 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Comedies Surge Behind NFL Overrun
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for sunday, december 4, 2011)

Here are the highlights of the 18 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live sports, Fast Nationals for FOX are approximate from 7-8p and for NBC on the night.]

NBC (13.72 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) topped a tight race on Sunday with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.28 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.7, #16), "Football Night in America #2" (7.42 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T9), "Football Night in America #3" (14.17 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 5.1, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.58 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.5, #3).

FOX (12.64 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.1, #2) then got a boost with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (26.88 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.6, #1), "The OT" (22.22 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 8.3, #2), "The Simpsons" (9.01 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 4.0, #5), "Allen Gregory" (5.22 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 2.4, #12), "Family Guy" (7.05 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 3.5, #6) and "The Cleveland Show" (5.43 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 2.5, #11).

Next up was ABC (7.08 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) with new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.96 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.4, #18), "Once Upon a Time" (9.61 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 3.1, #7) - a series low, "Desperate Housewives" (8.09 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T9) and "Pan Am" (4.67 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 1.6, #17) - likewise a series low.

And finally, new episodes of "60 Minutes" (11.94 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #15), "The Amazing Race" (9.64 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.7, #8) - tied with its season low, "The Good Wife" (9.79 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #14) - tied with its series low, and "CSI: Miami" (10.37 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #13) on CBS (10.43 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) rounded out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+60.00% - Allen Gregory
+53.85% - The Simpsons
+31.58% - The Cleveland Show
+29.41% - CSI: Miami (vs. 11/20/11)
+25.00% - Family Guy
+12.50% - The Amazing Race
0.00% - The Good Wife (vs. 11/20/11)
-2.99% - Sunday Night Football
-8.82% - Once Upon a Time
-11.11% - Pan Am (vs. 11/13/11)
-13.33% - Desperate Housewives (vs. 11/13/11)
-22.22% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-50.00% - 60 Minutes

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+40.91% - Once Upon a Time (vs. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition)
+25.00% - Family Guy
+0.00% - The Cleveland Show (vs. American Dad)
-3.57% - The Amazing Race
-4.76% - The Simpsons
-8.33% - CSI: Miami
-10.96% - Sunday Night Football
-25.00% - Allen Gregory (vs. The Cleveland Show)
-25.71% - Desperate Housewives
-26.32% - America's Funniest Home Videos
-27.27% - Pan Am (vs. Brothers & Sisters)
-29.63% - The Good Wife (vs. Undercover Boss)
-33.33% - 60 Minutes


Here are the highlights of the 19 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/5/10):

NBC (16.06 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1) held off the competition yet again on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.83 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T18), "Football Night in America #2" (8.33 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T10), "Football Night in America #3" (15.18 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 5.0, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.84 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.3, #2).

FOX (11.58 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2) then posted a strong second with its combination of "NFL Overrun" (26.35 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.3, #1), "The OT" (15.24 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.8, #3), "The Simpsons" (9.56 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 4.2, #5), "The Cleveland Show" (7.05 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 3.2, #7), another "The Cleveland Show" (5.98 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T8) and "American Dad" (5.28 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 2.5, #13).

Next up was CBS (10.89 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) with its own "NFL Overrun" (10.33 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T18) followed by new episodes of (half-hour results only) "60 Minutes" (12.34 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T10), "The Amazing Race 17" (9.88 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T8), "Undercover Boss" (10.89 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T10) and "CSI: Miami" (10.61 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #14).

And finally, new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (7.76 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.9, #17), "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (8.10 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T15), "Desperate Housewives" (11.21 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.5, #6) and "Brothers & Sisters" (7.72 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T15) on ABC (8.70 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) rounded out the evening.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49): 60 Minutes (28.60%), Sunday Night Football (22.50%), CSI: Miami (9.10% vs. 11/21/10), The Simpsons (2.40%), America's Funniest Home Videos (0.00% vs. 11/21/10), Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (0.00% vs. 11/14/10), Desperate Housewives (-5.40% vs. 11/14/10), The Cleveland Show (-5.90%), The Amazing Race 17 (-9.70%), Brothers & Sisters (-12.00% vs. 11/14/10), Undercover Boss (-12.90% vs. 11/21/10), American Dad (-13.80%).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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