After a day of professional football, the evening belonged to NBC which featured the Philadelphia Eagles defeating the Chicago Bears in Philadelphia, 54-11 on ‘Sunday Night Football’. The loss by the Bears allowed the final game of the regular season between the bitter rivals, the Green Bay Packers vs Chicago for the Central Division Championship. Next week’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ game will feature the battle for the NFC Eastern Division between the Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys. This week’s Pre-Kick Off show at 7P drew 5.31 million while at 8P, it pulled in 12.34 million viewers. The Game itself, at 830P thru conclusion drew 16.04 million, for the top rating of the evening. Top local markets for the game were: Philadelphia, 30.6 rating/46 share; Chicago, 28.2/44; Milwaukee, 19.9/32; Richmond, 17.3/26; and Norfolk, 16.8/27.
CBS had an NFL football overrun at 7P between the former World Champion Baltimore Ravens losing to the New England Patriots which drew 21.01 million viewers and then ran a new ’60 Minutes’ at 8P and drew 10.15 million viewers while the balance of the evening was entirely reruns. At 9P, ‘The Good Wife’ drew 5.07 million; at 10P, ‘The Mentalist’ had 4.95 million viewers and at 11P, ‘Elementary’ number were not available.
ABC ran the 1965 ‘Sound of Music’ starring Julie Andrews and pulled in 6.51 million viewers. It was The Alphabet Network’s execs thumbing their nose at NBC’s LIVE performance of the musical a week earlier. It proved something new is probably more apt to pull in viewers than something old; or Carrie Underwood is ‘more fav’ than Julie Andrews; or any ‘Sound’ can’t compete with NFL Football this late into the season; or something ‘live’ is more apt to pull in a bigger audience than something everyone has seen many times before. Whatever…ABC didn’t pull it off.
Then there was FOX. At 7P, a ‘Bob’s Burgers’ rerun had 6.61 million viewers off of an overrun of the NFL Football game between the Green Bay Packers losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers by 7 points. At 730P, an ‘American Dad’ rerun drew 4.66 million. At 8P, a ‘Simpsons’ rerun pulled in 3.53 million viewers while at 830P, another rerun of ‘Simpsons’ drew 3.54 million while at 9P, another rerun of ‘American Guy’ drew 3.43 million. At 930P, a rerun of ‘Animation Domination’ drew 2.18 million.
For the record, NBC finished #1 with 13.076 million viewers. CBS was #2 with 10.289 million viewers. ABC was third with 6.506 million. FOX finished with 3.997 million viewers. Univision had 2.652 million viewers.
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BBC One’s ‘Countryfile Christmas’ special topped the Sunday ratings outside of soaps, with an average of 6.19 million viewers (or 25.9% share of the available audience) at 7P. The ‘Antiques Roadshow’ pulled in 5.29 million (21.5%) at 8P.
ITV showing of ‘Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince’ attracted 4.49 million viewers and 17.2% share of audience. An additional 652k caught the film an hour later on +1 (3%).
Channel 4, with the ‘Homeland’ finale was watched by 1.62 million viewers. 228,000 viewers watched an hour later on Channel 4+1 (1.3%). ‘The Snowman’ drew 1.76 million (7.2%) and 223,000 viewers (0.9%) on +1. ‘Night at the Museum 2’ followed with 1.74 million viewers (7.2%) and 227,000 viewers (0.9%) an hour later.
Channel 5 had ‘The Muppets and Lady Gaga at Christmas’ pulled in over 834,000 viewers (4.3%) and an extra 94.800 viewers (0.4%) on +1. ‘The Family Man’ drew 730,500 viewers at 6:45P (3.1%).
On Sky Sports 1 there were two matches. At 1230P ‘Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur’ was viewed by 1.61 million (8.5%), while the ‘Swansea City and Everton’ match was viewed by 2.05 million (7%).
As you can see, no matter where people were watching, we were …
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