8:42am PT by Rick Porter
TV Ratings: NFL, College Football Rule Weekend
College football and the NFL dominated the Nielsen ratings for the weekend of Dec. 19 and 20. A trio of college league championship games drew big audiences throughout the day on Saturday, and the NFL as usual was well above everything else Sunday, even though NBC's primetime game hit a two-month low in total viewers.
That Sunday Night Football contest, between the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants, averaged 15.61 million viewers for NBC, the smallest audience since 14.31 people tuned in on Oct. 25. The broadcast still led Sunday's primetime ratings by a wide margin in both total viewers and adults 18-49, where it scored a 4.3 rating.
CBS' late afternoon NFL telecast drew the biggest audience on Sunday with 22.94 million viewers and helped 60 Minutes bring in 11.59 million viewers and a 1.6 in the 18-49 demographic. A holiday special featuring Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood followed with 5.82 million viewers and a 0.6 in the 18-49 demo. ABC's annual showing of The Sound of Music drew 4.25 million viewers and a 0.6 in adults 18-49.
On Saturday, ABC's broadcast of the ACC Championship (Clemson vs. Notre Dame) drew 9.92 million viewers, topping Fox's earlier coverage of the Big Ten title game (Ohio State-Northwestern, 8.03 million) and CBS' primetime SEC Championship broadcast (Alabama-Florida, 8.92 million). All three college games beat out a pair of NFL contests on the NFL Network, the bigger of which (Green Bay vs. Carolina) averaged 5.61 million viewers in primetime.
The final Saturday Night Live of 2020 earned a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.53 million viewers, up slightly in the demo and down a little in total viewers from the previous week.
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