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[12/31/12 - 08:15 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: Big Finish for NBC's "Sunday Night Football"
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for sunday, december 30, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 17 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

NBC (23.38 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.1, #1) closed its Sunday lineup with a bang thanks to the season finales of "Football Night in America #1" (7.75 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (10.38 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (21.29 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 7.1, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (26.39 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.2, #1).

FOX (10.29 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.7, #2) then claimed a distant second place with its combination of "NFL Overrun" (23.45 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.8, #2), "The OT" (20.95 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 7.2, #3) and repeats of "The Simpsons" (6.61 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.7, #6), "Bob's Burgers" (3.69 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10), "Family Guy" (3.87 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9) and "American Dad" (3.15 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, CBS (7.49 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) offered up its own "NFL Overrun" (9.36 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #8) alongside "60 Minutes" (9.80 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T11),"NCIS" (7.29 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14), "The Good Wife" (5.57 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T16) and "The Mentalist" (5.21 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T16).

And finally, encores of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.19 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13) and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2.98 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15) on ABC (3.54 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+73.58% - Sunday Night Football -67.39% - 60 Minutes (vs. 12/16/12)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+5.75% - Sunday Night Football -50.00% - 60 Minutes


Here are the highlights of the 19 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/1/13):

NBC (20.18 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.0, #1) posted its most-watched Sunday of the season thanks to "Football Night in America #1" (7.70 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (11.45 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.9, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (19.21 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.5, #3) and the season finale of "Sunday Night Football" (24.61 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 8.7, #1).

A distant silver then went to CBS (10.78 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (25.39 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.2, #2) and "60 Minutes" (14.11 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #5) followed by repeats of "Unforgettable" (7.29 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T12), "The Good Wife" (6.26 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T15) and "CSI: Miami" (5.76 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T15).

Next up was FOX (3.90 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (4.59 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9), "The OT" (5.85 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #7) as well as repeats of "The Simpsons" (3.60 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10), "The Cleveland Show" (2.84 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T12), "Family Guy" (3.54 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8) and "American Dad" (3.00 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Once Upon a Time" (3.35 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #19), another "Once Upon a Time" (4.12 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T15), yet another "Once Upon a Time" (3.93 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T15) and even more "Once Upon a Time" (3.80 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #14) on ABC (3.80 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) closed out the night.

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+227.78% - 60 Minutes +28.24% - Sunday Night Football

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+52.98% - Sunday Night Football +47.50% - 60 Minutes

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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