9:46am PT by Rick Porter
TV Ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' Steady for NBC
NBC's Sunday Night Football powered the network to an easy primetime win on Dec. 13, pulling in ratings nearly equal to the prior week. Fox's animated shows also got a bit of a boost Sunday from having the afternoon's most watched NFL game as a lead-in.
The Buffalo Bills' win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football averaged 17.05 million viewers and a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49 in Sunday's final same-day numbers. It came within 20,000 viewers of the prior week's audience (17.07 million) and matched the Dec. 6 telecast's 18-49 rating. Both figures easily led primetime.
Following Fox's late afternoon NFL showcase (22.52 million viewers), The Simpsons scored a 1.3 in the 18-49 demographic and 3.92 million viewers — a bit below its post-NFL average this season but good enough to have the top demo rating among entertainment shows on Sunday. Bless the Harts, Bob's Burgers and Family Guy all posted 0.7s in the 18-49 demo.
Elsewhere, ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire recorded season lows of 0.3 in adults 18-49 and 2.54 million viewers. Supermarket Sweep (0.5, 2.45 million) was also down, but Card Sharks (0.3, 1.8 million) held steady. CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6 in 18-49, 6.04 million viewers) and NCIS: New Orleans (0.4, 5.17 million) were in line with their averages. The CW had a rare 0.0 average among adults 18-49 with Pandora and The Outpost.
On cable Sunday, TLC's 90 Day Fiancé led the 18-49 rankings with a 0.6, while Hallmark's movie Christmas Comes Twice had the largest total audience with 2.49 million viewers.
Saturday Night Live improved week to week for NBC with a 1.3 among adults 18-49 and 6.71 million viewers, beating everything in primetime on Saturday.
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