Sorry, Julie Andrews: you're no Carrie Underwood … at least when it comes to ratings
On the heels of NBC's wildly successful “Sound of Music Live” remake, ABC aired the Julie Andrews classic to far less fanfare.
NBC's Dec. 5 version, starring Carrie Underwood, earned a 4.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 18.5 million viewers. ABC's re-airing of the original got just a 1.3 and 6.5 million viewers on Sunday night.
This weekend, the hills were more alive with the sounds of football. NBC's Sunday night NFL offering helped the network win outright by a large margin, though due to the nature of live sports, results for NBC, CBS and Fox are subject to change.
NBC was first in ratings with a 4.4 rating/13 share in the key demo and first in total viewers with an average of 13.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. At 7 p.m., “Football Night of America” part 1 earned a 1.5/5 and 5.3 million viewers. At 7:30, part 2 earned a 2.2/7 and 6.8 million viewers. Part 3 at 8 received a 4.1/12 and 12.3 million viewers. The game itself, Bears vs. Eagles at 8:30, got a 5.5/16 — making it the highest-rated primetime telecast Sunday — and 16 million viewers.
CBS was second in ratings with a 2.1/6 and in total viewers with 10.3 million. An NFL overrun at 7 earned a 5.3/16 and 21 million viewers — making it the most-watched show Sunday. “60 Minutes” at 8 got a 1.8/5 — a 20 percent boost from last week — and 10.2 million viewers. Repeats followed.
Fox was third in ratings with a 1.6/5 and fourth in total viewers with 4 million, airing entirely reruns mixed with some NFL overrun.
ABC was in fourth in ratings with a 1.3/4 and third in total viewers with 6.5 million, airing just 1965's “The Sound of Music.”
Univision was in fifth in ratings with a 0.9/3 and in viewers with 2.7 million.
Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in total viewers 1 million.