'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Blue Bloods' Score Big 3-Day Ratings Gains in Week 12

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Four NFL games — including an extra telecast on Fox — lead the three-day ratings charts for the week of Dec. 7-13. Below them, ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Big Sky and CBS' Blue Bloods got the biggest bumps from delayed viewing.

Fox had a primetime football game on Dec. 8, thanks to a COVID-related shuffling of the NFL schedule. That game, plus the network's regular Thursday broadcast, rank third and fourth among all primetime shows for the week. NBC's Sunday Night Football tops the charts in both adults 18-49 (4.66 rating) and total viewers (17.12 million) while an ESPN/ABC simulcast of Monday Night Football (3.95 in 18-49, 14.28 million viewers) ranks second.

Grey's Anatomy is the top entertainment program in the 18-49 demographic with a 1.81 rating, a jump of 0.63 points from its initial tally. The Bachelorette (1.58) and The Simpsons (1.46) followed in the demo.

Big Sky added the most viewers (3.23 million), rising from 3.51 million for its first airing to nearly 6.75 million over three days (it also had the second-largest 18-49 gain, rising by 0.57 points). The second episode of Blue Bloods' season added 3.19 million people to improve to 9.57 million after three days. It ranks second among entertainment programs, behind fellow CBS drama NCIS (10.94 million).

Below are the top 20 shows (including ties) in Nielsen's three-day ratings for Dec. 7-13.

Adults 18-49

Show Network Live +3
18-49 rating
Change vs.
live + SD
% change vs. live + SD
Sunday Night Football NBC 4.64 0.01 0%
Monday Night Football ESPN/ABC 3.95 0.03 1%
Tuesday Night Football Fox 3.88 0.01 0%
Thursday Night Football Fox 3.66 0.02 0%
Grey's Anatomy ABC 1.81 0.63 53%
The Bachelorette ABC 1.58 0.40 33%
The Simpsons Fox 1.46 0.14 10%
The Masked Singer Fox 1.32 0.22 20%
Station 19 ABC 1.18 0.33 39%
Big Sky ABC 1.13 0.57 103%
NCIS CBS 1.03 0.32 44%
Family Guy Fox 1.02 0.28 38%
The Amazing Race CBS 1.0 0.29 40%
A Million Little Things ABC 0.99 0.45 82%
Liga MX UNI 0.99 0.0 0%
I Can See Your Voice Fox 0.98 0.19 24%
FBI CBS 0.98 0.33 52%
The Neighborhood CBS 0.98 0.24 32%
The Curse of Oak Island History 0.96 0.37 63%
Bob's Burgers Fox 0.93 0.23 32%
The Voice - Monday NBC 0.93 0.14 17%

Total Viewers

Show Network Live +3
viewers (000s)
Change vs.
live + SD
% change vs. live + SD
Sunday Night Football NBC 17,119 66 0%
Monday Night Football ESPN/ABC 14,283 109 1%
Thursday Night Football Fox 13,714 78 1%
Tuesday Night Football Fox 13,628 88 1%
NCIS CBS 10,937 2,407 28%
Blue Bloods CBS 9,572 3,188 50%
60 Minutes CBS 9,490 392 4%
FBI CBS 9,105 2,400 36%
The Voice - Monday NBC 7,958 1,005 14%
Grey's Anatomy ABC 7,832 2,142 38%
The Voice - Tuesday NBC 7,556 916 14%
NCIS: Los Angeles CBS 7,407 1,368 23%
FBI: Most Wanted CBS 7,233 2,311 47%
Magnum P.I. CBS 7,226 1,541 27%
Station 19 ABC 7,146 1,567 28%
NCIS: New Orleans CBS 6,803 1,634 32%
Big Sky ABC 6,746 3,233 92%
Bob Hearts Abishola CBS 6,324 1,041 20%
The Neighborhood CBS 6,234 965 18%
SEAL Team CBS 6,233 1,767 40%

Dec. 18, 1:55 p.m. An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Blue Bloods, rather than Big Sky, had the largest total viewer gains over three days.