Ratings: Down ‘Sunday Night Football’ Still Carries NBC to Easy Win

President Obama’s address skews results for primetime programming

Last Updated: December 7, 2015 @ 3:25 PM

“Sunday Night Football” was down in Sunday night’s ratings, but was still good enough to make NBC the top network of the night.

While fast national numbers are admittedly unreliable for live sporting events, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 35-point victory over the Indianapolis Colts earned a 6.0 rating in the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic. That is down 22 percent from last week’s overtime nail-biter between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots.

It should also be noted that President Obama interrupted primetime at 8 p.m. for a 16-minute address. Due to speech coverage, fast national ratings are inaccurate and subject to change.

NBC won the night with a 4.8 rating and 13.8 million viewers. The network aired pre-game coverage from 7 p.m.-8:30, followed by “Sunday Night Football” from 8:30-11.

Fox finished second, thanks to the conclusion of the Philadelphia Eagles-Patriots game running from 7-8. “The Simpsons” was delayed by the Presidential address at 8, with the half-hour averaging a 3.0 rating and 8.2 million viewers. “The Simpsons” ran into “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” 8:30 slot, which earned a 2.0 rating and 4.5 million viewers. “Family Guy’s” time slot at 9 got a 1.7 rating and 3.7 million viewers. “Last Man on Earth’s” 9:30 slot averaged a 1.4 rating and 3.4 million viewers.

CBS finished in third with 9.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. The 8 time slot saw a delayed “60 Minutes” earn an estimated 10 million viewers and a 1.3 rating. The network aired “Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert” from 9-11, which averaged 8.7 million viewers and a 0.8 rating.

ABC came in fourth with 4.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” averaged a 0.7 rating and 4.5 million viewers at 7. Following the Presidential address, “Once Upon a Time’s” 8 time slot averaged 1.4 rating and 4.8 million viewers. “Blood and Oil’s” time slot at 9 earned a 0.9 rating and 3.4 million viewers. The 10 time slot for “Quantico” got a 1.1 rating and 4 million viewers.

Univision finished fifth with a 0.6 rating and 1.8 million viewers.

Telemundo finished sixth with a 0.4 rating and 959,000 viewers.

The CW airs only local programming on Sundays.


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