TV Ratings: NBC rules Sunday with Eagles-Giants
Oprah/Obama Christmas special can only key ABC in third
A divisional grudge match between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants gave NBC an easy Sunday night win in most key measures. Meanwhile, ABC's "Christmas at the White House" special with President Obama and Oprah Winfrey did solid, but unspectacular ratings.
Among adults 18-49, NBC won the night with a 5.7 rating, topping CBS' 2.9 rating in the key demographic. ABC's 2.8 rating and the 2.5 rating for FOX followed closely.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 15.74 million viewers to go with a 9.6 rating/15 share. CBS' 7.7/12 and 12.27 million viewers finished second, with ABC's 6.1/10 a close-ish third. FOX's 3.2/5 was well back in fourth.
CBS began the night in first with a 12.0/20 for NFL overrun and "60 Minutes," which also won the hour in the key demo with a 5.0 rating. NBC's "Football Night in America" was second with a 5.2/9. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was a close third. FOX got a 1.9/3 for two episodes of "Brothers."
NBC grabbed first at 8 p.m. with a 10.3/16 for the start of the Sunday Night Football matchup, also doing a 6.0 demo rating. CBS was second with a repeat of "The Mentalist." ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" had a 5.3/8 for third. FOX's new episodes of "The Simpsons" and "The Cleveland Show" finished fourth overall with a 3.8/6, but second in the key demo with a 3.1 rating.
At 9 p.m. NBC was still first with the Eagles and Giants doing an 11.6/17 and improving to a 6.8 rating in the demo. ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was second with a 6.6/10, edging the 6.4/10 for CBS' new "Cold Case." FOX's "Family Guy" and "The Cleveland Show" averaged a 4.0/6 overall, but again finished second in the key demo.
The football game closed primetime with an 11.2/18 and a 7.1 demo rating. ABC's "Christmas at the White House" had a 7.7/13 for second, outperforming the hour's normal numbers for "Brothers & Sisters." CBS was third with a repeat of "Criminal Minds."
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.