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[12/23/19 - 08:47 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Stays on Top with "Sunday Night Football"
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 16 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night (12/22/19):

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

NBC (12.253 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to its penultimate weeks of "Football Night in America #1" (5.094 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (7.647 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (12.627 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.0, #2).

The silver went to FOX (8.547 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) with a full hour of "The OT" (17.437 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) followed by repeats of "The Masked Singer" (4.322 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and another "The Masked Singer" (3.882 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.012 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.053 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "The Price Is Right at Night: A Holiday Extravaganza" (5.409 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "A Home for the Holidays" (2.353 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.234 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.612 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for a repeat "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (2.323 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) alongside new episodes of "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (2.411 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "The Year: 2019" (2.858 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, week two of "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and another "The Christmas Caroler Challenge" (0.445 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.478 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The Christmas Caroler Challenge - 8:00
0.00% - The Christmas Caroler Challenge - 9:00
-9.09% - Sunday Night Football
-9.52% - Football Night in America #2
-13.51% - Football Night in America #3
-21.43% - Football Night in America #1
-25.00% - 60 Minutes
-33.33% - Kids Say the Darndest Things (vs. 11/17/19)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
0.00% - The Christmas Caroler Challenge - 9:00 (vs. Charmed (Repeat))
-5.00% - Football Night in America #2
-11.11% - Kids Say the Darndest Things (vs. Various (Repeats))
-13.04% - Sunday Night Football
-20.00% - The Year: 2019
-21.95% - Football Night in America #3
-26.67% - Football Night in America #1
-50.00% - The Christmas Caroler Challenge - 8:00 (vs. Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic (Repeat))
-61.11% - The Price Is Right at Night: A Holiday Extravaganza (vs. 60 Minutes)
-62.50% - A Home for the Holidays (vs. Madam Secretary)
-89.47% - 60 Minutes (vs. NFL Overrun)


Here are the highlights of the 20 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (12/23/18):

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

NBC (7:30-11pm) (15.191 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.270 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (7.848 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.921 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.1, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.714 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2).

CBS (11.243 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then got a boost from a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (24.448 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1) followed by new episodes of "60 Minutes" (10.937 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and "Madam Secretary" (5.860 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) plus a repeat "God Friended Me" (3.725 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was ABC (2.834 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.615 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Disney Prep & Landing" (2.195 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17), "Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (1.982 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and the annual special "The Year: 2018" (2.815 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up repeats of "Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas" (3.134 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Bob's Burgers" (1.434 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "The Simpsons" (1.723 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.356 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.492 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Rel" (0.933 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18).

And finally, The CW (0.688 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic" (0.914 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #19) and "Charmed" (0.462 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #20).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - Madam Secretary (vs. 12/9/18)
+7.14% - Football Night in America #1
0.00% - Football Night in America #3
-6.12% - Sunday Night Football
-25.00% - 60 Minutes
-31.03% - Football Night in America #2

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+650.00% - Football Night in America #1 (vs. DreamWorks Trolls Holiday (Repeat))
+566.67% - Football Night in America #2 (vs. How Murray Saved Christmas (Repeat))
+411.11% - Sunday Night Football (vs. It's a Wonderful Life (Repeat))
+355.56% - Football Night in America #3 (vs. It's a Wonderful Life (Repeat))
+260.00% - 60 Minutes (vs. I Love Lucy Christmas Special (Repeat))
+60.00% - Madam Secretary (vs. Dick Van Dyke - Now in Living Color! Special (Repeat))
-28.57% - The Year: 2018 (vs. Beauty and the Beast/Shark Tank (Repeat))

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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