Ratings: Fox Hops Ahead of ABC, But Football Rules Roost

Tony Maglio
The Wrap
Ratings: Fox Hops Ahead of ABC, But Football Rules Roost

Even Thanksgiving weekend is all about football.

NBC finished first on Sunday night, with CBS close behind in terms of overall viewers.

In the key 18-49 demographic, Fox climbed atop ABC for third place, despite not airing any pigskin. Last week, the Disney-owned broadcaster aired with “American Music Awards,” which took a big hit year over year.

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NBC was first in ratings with a 4.8 rating/14 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 14.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those Nielsen numbers are a combination of the network’s 90-minute pregame show and as much of the actual Kansas City Chiefs-Denver Broncos game as it could cram into primetime.

CBS was second in ratings with a 2.6/8 and in viewers with 14.2 million. A NFL overrun at 7 p.m. scored a 6.2/20 and 24.3 million viewers. At 7:30, “60 Minutes” earned a 3.9/12 and 19.3 million viewers. Starting around 8:30, “NCIS: Los Angeles” averaged out to a 1.8/5 and 12.7 million viewers. At 9:30, “Madam Secretary” received a 1.2/4 and 9.2 million viewers. The half-hour of “Elementary” at 10:30 had a 0.8/3 and 6.8 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 0.9/2 and fourth in viewers with 2.1 million. An “Ice Age” Christmas special at 7 got a 1.0/3 and 3.3 million viewers. At 7:30, “Bob’s Burgers” posted a 1.1/3 and 2.4 million viewers. The rest of the night was all reruns.

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ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.8/2 and third in viewers with 3.5 million. Following a repeat, “Once Upon a Time” at 8 put up a 1.0/3 and 3.3 million viewers. At 9, “Secrets and Lies” received a 0.7/2 and 2.8 million viewers. “Quantico” at 10 closed ABC’s evening with another 0.7/2, but slipped from its lead-in to 2.3 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 1.6 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/1 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

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