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TV Ratings: Seahawks-Cardinals rout leads NBC Sunday domination

Fast National ratings for Sunday, December 21, 2014.

A snoozer between the Seattle Seahawks and the QB-depleted Arizona Cardinals delivered relatively weak numbers for NBC, but Sunday Night Football still dominated primetime anyway.

NFL-inflated CBS finished second for the night, followed by ABC, which finished third thanks to “The Sound of Music: Sing-a-Long.” NFL helped inflate FOX's “Mulaney” ratings as well, with some sad, frustrated markets missing “Mulaney” entirely.

The CBS overrun was roughly 50 minutes in most marked on the right side of the country, so adjust accordingly.

On to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 4.4 rating for Sunday night, easily beating CBS' 2.2 rating in the key demographic. ABC's 1.2 key demo rating and the 1.1 key demo rating for FOX trailed.

Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 14.01 million viewers and an 8.4 rating/14 share for Sunday night. CBS was a respectable second with 11.145 million viewers and 6.9/12, far ahead of the 5.58 million viewers and 3.3/6 for ABC. FOX's 1.5/3 and 2.58 million viewers trailed.

7 p.m. – CBS won the 7 p.m. hour with 16.47 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49 for NFL overrun and “60 Minutes.” [The breakout estimate for “60 Minutes” was 14.01 million viewers and a 2.9 key demo rating.] NBC's “Football Night in America” averaged 9.24 million viewers and a 2.6 key demo rating in second. The first hour of ABC's “Sound of Music” averaged 4.5 million viewers and a 0.9 key demo rating. FOX was fourth overall and third in the key demo with an NFL-inflated “Mulaney” (3.71 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo) and a “Bob's Burgers” repeat (2.08 million and a 0.9 key demo). 

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