Ratings: Dallas Cowboys Deliver (Again) for NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’

ABC’s “Sound of Music” drowns out Fox’s “Breakthrough Prize”

Last Updated: December 19, 2016 @ 6:23 PM

NBC ran away with Sunday prime time thanks to its Dallas Cowboys-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. Although last night was down from last week (Cowboys-New York Giants), its Nielsen numbers were still huge.

CBS was runner-up; ABC topped Fox for third.

NBC was first in ratings with a 5.8 rating/19 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 17.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Football Night in America” and the game itself combined for those figures.

CBS was second in ratings with a 2.1/7 and in viewers with 12 million. The conclusion of the broadcaster’s afternoon NFL game at 7 scored a 5.3/18 and 21.6 million viewers. At 7:30, “60 Minutes” earned a 2.8/10 and 14.7 million viewers. “NCIS: Los Angeles” at 8:30 had a 1.4/5 and 10.5 million viewers. “Madam Secretary” at 9:30 got a 1.1/4 and 8.7 million viewers. The first half of “Elementary” at 10:30 closed prime with a 0.9/3 and 6.2 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.1/54and in viewers with 5.3 million. A replay of “The Sound of Music” was the only telecast on its schedule.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.7 million. The “Breakthrough Prize” celebration at 7 received a 0.7/2 and 2.3 million viewers. Reruns followed.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, both with a 0.4/1. Univision was fifth in total viewers with 1.32 million, Telemundo was sixth with 1.26 million.