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[02/06/12 - 08:41 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Super Bowl XLVI" Delivers Nearly 101 Million Viewers in Primetime
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for sunday, february 5, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 20 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 NBC are unreliable and should not be used.]

Primetime coverage of "Super Bowl XLVI" (100.89 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 37.0, #1) shot NBC (85.35 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 32.0, #1) to the top spot on Sunday. Following the championship were the "Super Bowl XLVI Post-Game" (94.74 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 35.7, #2), "Super Bowl XLVI Post-Game/The Voice" (53.27 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 21.6, #3) and "The Voice" (30.28 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 13.3, #4).

FOX (1.83 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the very distant silver with its all-repeat lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (0.94 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.4, #20), "Napoleon Dynamite" (1.52 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "The Simpsons" (1.98 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The Cleveland Show" (1.83 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Family Guy" (2.41 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "American Dad" (2.29 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was ABC (2.57 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with encores of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.60 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), another "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.93 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The Middle" (1.87 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), another "The Middle" (1.66 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), "Modern Family" (3.06 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and another "Modern Family" (2.93 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

And finally, CBS (4.10 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the night with its repeat mix of "Undercover Boss" (2.83 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), "60 Minutes" (4.01 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "CSI: Miami" (3.13 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) and "NCIS" (6.41 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).


Here are the highlights of the 13 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (2/6/11):

"Super Bowl XLV" (100.30 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 36.4, #1) not surprisingly put FOX (88.37 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 32.4, #1) in high esteem on Sunday, according to the preliminary numbers. Leading out of said coverage were its "Super Bowl XLV Post-Game" (73.15 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 27.8, #2) and the primetime portion of "Glee" (32.03 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 12.8, #3).

CBS (3.95 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was king of the audience leftovers with its mix of "60 Minutes Presents" (3.92 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Undercover Boss" (3.41 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "CSI: Miami" (3.33 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Hawaii Five-0" (5.11 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.91 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.85 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), another "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.38 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and the feature "Knocked Up" (2.70 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Who Do You Think You Are?" (1.55 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and another "Who Do You Think You Are?" (1.91 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) led into a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (3.55 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) on NBC (2.64 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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