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[01/23/17 - 08:39 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: AFC Championship Sparks Big Numbers for CBS
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 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (1/22/17):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live events, Fast Nationals for CBS (7-10:08p) are approximate.]

CBS (33.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 10.9, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its coverage of the "AFC Championship" (41.254 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 13.4, #1) followed by the premiere of "Hunted" (10.773 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2).

A distant second place then went to FOX (2.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and its lineup of "Son of Zorn" (3.946 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Bob's Burgers" (2.407 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Simpsons" (2.626 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), a new "Son of Zorn" (1.991 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Family Guy" (2.105 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and another "Bob's Burgers" (2.005 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.342 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its combination of "Dateline NBC" (5.026 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and the feature "Ted" (2.332 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "To Tell the Truth" (3.269 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), another "To Tell the Truth" (3.005 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Quantico" (1.712 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) closed out the night on ABC (3.171 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
-60.87% - Son of Zorn (vs. 1/8/17)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+350.00% - Hunted (vs. NCIS (Repeat))
+14.29% - Dateline NBC (vs. Various)
-93.71% - Son of Zorn (vs. NFC Championship)


Here are the highlights of the 14 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (1/24/16):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live sports, Fast Nationals for FOX are approximate.]

FOX (34.777 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 12.3, #1) not surprisingly overshadowed the competition on Sunday with its coverage of the "NFC Championship" (40.685 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 14.3, #1) followed by the "NFC Championship Post-Game" (20.637 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.7, #2) and "The X-Files" (13.470 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.1, #3).

Said numbers marked huge gains from the comparable "AFC Championship" (37.323 million viewers; adults 18-49: 12.3 on 1/18/15) a year ago.

CBS (7.394 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then led the leftover audience with repeats of "60 Minutes" (10.131 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4), another "60 Minutes" (8.365 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Madam Secretary" (5.223 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "NCIS" (5.856 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was NBC (2.953 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Dateline NBC" (3.600 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and the feature "Bridesmaids" (2.738 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

And finally, ABC (2.351 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the night with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.439 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), a new "Galavant" (2.314 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), a second "Galavant" (1.894 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and encores of "Marvel's Agent Carter" (1.419 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and another "Marvel's Agent Carter" (1.444 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - Galavant - 8:00
-16.67% - Galavant - 8:30
-25.00% - Dateline NBC

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
-50.00% - Galavant - 8:00
-50.00% - Galavant - 8:30
-50.00% - Dateline NBC

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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