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Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, December 21, 2008

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NBC finished in first place for the evening with a 8.5/14 household rating/share, 13.77 million viewers and a 4.8/13 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 10.1/16 HH Rating/Share [#1]
    • 16.75M Viewers [#1]
    • 6.2/15 A18-49 Rating [#1]
  • Note: Due to the live sporting event the following numbers, for NBC only, are based on the final national numbers.
  • 7:30 p.m: Football Night in America (3.3/6 HH rating/share, 4.96M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers:
      • Households – 4.5/8 to 3.3/6
      • Viewers – 7.32M to 4.96M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.8/8 to 1.8/5
  • 8:15 p.m: NBC Sunday Night Football: Carolina Panthers at New York Giants (11.5/19 HH rating/share, 18.86M viewers, 6.8/18 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys – 8:15-11:02pm):
      • Households – 13.7/21 to 11.5/19
      • Viewers – 23.05M to 18.86M
      • Adults 18-49 – 8.6/21 to 6.8/18

CBS followed in second place for the evening with a 6.8/11 household rating/share, 10.67 million viewers and a 2.0/5 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week
    • 9.6/15 HH Rating/Share [#2]
    • 16.40M Viewers [#2]
    • 4.9/12 A18-49 Rating [#2]
  • 7:00 p.m.: 60 Minutes (8.3/14 HH rating/share, 13.06M viewers, 2.2/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Week-to-week numbers (7:31):
      • Households – 11.6/18 to 8.3/14
      • Viewers – 18.80M to 13.06M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.4/12 to 2.2/6
    • Last week’s numbers (CBS NFL National – 4:15pm):
      • Households – 14.7/28
      • Viewers – 24.42M
      • Adults 18-49 – 8.6/28
  • 8:00 p.m.: Million Dollar Password (6.0/10 HH rating/share, 9.52M viewers, 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Survivor: Gabon – season finale – 8:31pm):
      • Households – 7.8/12
      • Viewers – 13.77M
      • Adults 18-49 – 4.4/10
  • 9:00 p.m.: Cold Case (7.6/12 HH rating/share, 11.90M viewers, 2.3/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (9:41pm – 12/7/2008):
      • Households – 7.3/11 to 7.6/12
      • Viewers – 11.52M to 11.90M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.9/6 to 2.3/6
  • 10:00 p.m.: The Unit (5.2/8 HH rating/share, 8.20M viewers, 1.9/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (11/30/2008 – 10:41pm):
      • Households – 6.2/11 to 5.2/8
      • Viewers – 9.56M to 8.20M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.6/7 to 1.9/5
    • Last week’s numbers (Survivor: Gabon Reunion – 10:39pm):
      • Households – 7.0/12
      • Viewers – 11.74M
      • Adults 18-49 – 3.8/10

FOX finished in third place for the evening with a 4.6/7 household rating/share, 7.55 million viewers and a 3.0/8 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 2.9/5 HH Rating/Share [#4]
    • 4.86M Viewers [#4]
    • 2.1/5 A18-49 Rating [#4]
  • Note: Due to the live sporting event the following numbers, for FOX only, are based on the final national numbers.
  • 4:19 p.m.: FOX NFL Sunday (11.8/22 HH rating/share, 19.21M viewers, 6.6/22 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (12/7/2008):
      • Households – 15.6/28 to 11.8/22
      • Viewers – 25.67M to 19.21M
      • Adults 18-49 – 9.5/29 to 6.6/22
  • 7:22 p.m.: The OT (5.8/10 HH rating/share, 9.30M viewers, 3.7/11 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Episode-to-episode numbers (12/7/2008):
      • Households – 9.6/16 to 5.8/10
      • Viewers – 16.22M to 9.30M
      • Adults 18-49 – 6.3/17 to 3.7/11
  • 8:00 p.m.: The Simpsons-REPEAT (4.0/6 HH rating/share, 6.59M viewers, 2.8/8 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 8:31 p.m.: King of the Hill-REPEAT (3.1/5 HH rating/share, 5.15M viewers, 2.1/5 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:00 p.m.: Family Guy-REPEAT (3.5/5 HH rating/share, 5.89M viewers, 2.5/6 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 9:31 p.m.: American Dad-REPEAT (2.9/5 HH rating/share, 4.69M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).

ABC followed in fourth place for the evening with a 4.0/6 household rating/share, 6.43 million viewers and a 1.9/5 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 4.6/7 HH Rating/Share [#3]
    • 7.78M Viewers [#3]
    • 2.3/6 A18-49 Rating [#3]
  • 7:00 p.m.: America’s Funniest Home Videos-REPEAT (4.3/7 HH rating/share, 7.51M viewers, 2.1/6 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (America’s Funniest Home Videos):
      • Households – 4.7/8
      • Viewers – 7.94M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.1/6
  • 8:00 p.m.: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition-REPEAT (4.1/7 HH rating/share, 6.75M viewers, 2.0/5 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Film: The Santa Claus 2-REPEAT – 8:00-10:00pm):
      • Households – 4.9/7
      • Viewers – 8.83M
      • Adults 18-49 – 2.7/6
  • 9:00 p.m.: Another Extreme Makeover: Home Edition-REPEAT (4.1/7 HH rating/share, 6.49M viewers, 2.2/5 A18-49 rating/share) closed out the evening for ABC.
  • 10:00 p.m.: Desperate Housewives-REPEAT (3.4/6 HH rating/share, 4.94M viewers, 1.6/4 A18-49 rating/share) closed out the evening for ABC.

The CW was left in fifth place with a 0.8/1 household rating/share, 1.20 million viewers and a 0.4/1 rating/share among adults 18-49.

  • Last Week:
    • 0.7/1 HH Rating/Share [#5]
    • 1.09M Viewers [#5]
    • 0.4/1 A18-49 Rating [#5]
  • 7:00 p.m.: Jericho-REPEAT (0.6/1 HH rating/share, 895,000 viewers, 0.3/1 A18-49 rating/share).
  • 8:00 p.m.: Film: The Three Amigos!-REPEAT (0.8/1 HH rating/share, 1.36M viewers, 0.4/1 A18-49 rating/share).
    • Last week’s numbers (Film: Spaceballs-REPEAT):
      • Households – 0.7/1
      • Viewers – 1.17M
      • Adults 18-49 – 0.4/1
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Note: Network average numbers from the week prior are based on fast national data. Comparison’s from the week prior (or episode-to-episode, etc.) on specific shows are based on final national data. Ratings for the current day are based on fast nationals. (Expect all three scenarios to be the case at all times, unless otherwise noted). The final rating for first-run episodes that aired this evening will be reported the following week. So for example, the final rating for tonight’s episode of “NBC Sunday Night Football: Carolina Panthers at New York Giants” will be reported in next weeks report for Sunday, December 28, 2008. Also keep in mind that because these are fast national ratings, numbers may increase or decrease when the final nationals are released.

Source: Fast/Final National Ratings Data from Nielsen Media Research. Daily ratings figures can be found at PIFeedback and Zap2It.