On a night when live NFL telecasts and coverage of news including President Obama’s address about the Newtown, Conn., school tragedy jumbled the broadcast schedule and impacted ratings measurement, NBC rolled to a fairly easy win Sunday night, based on Nielsen overnights.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that NBC, which carried “Sunday Night Football” along with the presidential address, averaged a 6.2 rating for prime time in the key demo of adults 18-49. But the report notes that the numbers are more scrambled than usual and will be subject to significant adjustments.
Trailing NBC in prime time was CBS with a 4.9 average rating in the 18-49 demo, well ahead of Fox (1.5 average), Univision (1.2) and ABC (1.1). CBS managed a narrow win in total viewers, averaging 17.0 million to 16.7 million for NBC, trailed by ABC (4.2 million), Fox (3.4 million) and Univision (3.1 million).
The finale for CBS’s “Survivor: Philippines” fell short of the number for the finale a year ago, settling for a 3.2 average in 18-49 — shy of last year’s 4.0. But the latest number was up four-tenths of a ratings point from last week’s show, and an improvement from the 2.9 for last spring’s finale.
ABC had a feeble turnout for its reality special “The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP’s Wedding,” which managed only a 0.9 in adults 18-49.