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Sunday Final Nationals: Significant Milestones for ‘Homeland’ and ‘The Affair’ in Season Finales on Showtime

NBC was Sunday night’s top network of all of television in all key measures, thanks to, of course, “Sunday Night Football” (Arizona-Philadelphia) (Women 18-34: 3.4/13; Men 18-34: 6.6/26; Women 18-49: 4.0/13; Men 18-49: 8.3/26).

Fox had an above average Sunday evening — despite no late afternoon NFL lead-in — with the three-hour “Miss Universe Pageant(Women 18-34: 1.4/5; Men 18-34: 1.4/5; Women 18-49: 1.6/5; Men 18-49: 1.6/5) telecast, the first time the network carried this event and the first in the post-Trump-ownership era. Most notable was host Steve Harvey mistakenly saying Miss Columbia had won when in actuality, the crown belonged to Miss Philippines.

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Based on solely live-plus-same-day data, Showtime’s drama season finales of “Homeland(Women 18-34: 0.38; Men 18-34: 0.36; Women 18-49: 0.75; Men 18-49: 0.66) (season-best) and “The Affair(Women 18-34: 0.22; Men 18-34: 0.20; Women 18-49: 0.43; Men 18-49: 0.23) (series-best) reached special ratings highs (as aforementioned) for each series in total viewership.

The night’s other original offerings (including select cable ones) were, as follows:

ABC’s “Movie: The Sound of Music” (1965) (Sing-Along) (Women 18-34: 0.8/3; Men 18-34: 0.3/1; Women 18-49: 1.3/4; Men 18-49: 0.7/2)

CBS’s “NFL Football” (Broncos-Steelers or Bengals-49ers or Dolphins-Chargers) (Women 18-34: 4.3/20; Men 18-34: 7.7/34; Women 18-49: 5.2/20; Men 18-49: 9.8/35)

CBS’s “60 Minutes(Women 18-34: 1.7/6; Men 18-34: 2.0/8; Women 18-49: 2.3/7; Men 18-49: 3.1/10)

CBS’s “Undercover Boss” (season premiere) (Women 18-34: 1.2/4; Men 18-34: 1.2/5; Women 18-49: 1.6/5; Men 18-49: 1.6/5)

CBS’s “CSI: Cyber” (fall finale) (Women 18-34: 0.8/3; Men 18-34: 0.6/2; Women 18-49: 1.3/4; Men 18-49: 0.9/3)

AMC’s “Into the Badlands(Women 18-34: 0.36; Men 18-34: 0.94; Women 18-49: 0.55; Men 18-49: 1.12)

TNT’s “The Librarians(Women 18-34: 0.19; Men 18-34: 0.29; Women 18-49: 0.54; Men 18-49: 0.42)

TNT’s “Agent X(Women 18-34: 0.12; Men 18-34: 0.08; Women 18-49: 0.20; Men 18-49: 0.28)

Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta(Women 18-34: 1.61; Men 18-34: 0.81; Women 18-49: 1.89; Men 18-49: 0.82)

E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians(Women 18-34: 1.35; Men 18-34: 0.36; Women 18-49: 1.32; Men 18-49: 0.44)

E!’s “The Royals(Women 18-34: 0.49; Men 18-34: 0.19; Women 18-49: 0.45; Men 18-49: 0.16)

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Sunday, December 20, 2015
ABC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7-11 Network Average 2.9/5 4758 0.5/2 1.0/3 1.3/4
7:00 Movie (Sing-Along): The Sound of Music (1965) 2.9/5 4758 0.5/2 1.0/3 1.3/4
CBS PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7-11 Network Average 8.3/14 14106 2.6/10 3.5/11 4.3/11
4:25 NFL Football: Denver @ Pittsburgh or Cincinnati @ San Francisco or Miami @ San Diego 14.5/27 24990 6.0/27 7.5/28 8.8/28
7:57 NFL Post Gun (s) 12.7/22 22399 4.9/21 6.6/22 7.8/22
8:02 60 Minutes 7.7/13 12697 1.8/7 2.7/9 3.6/10
9:02 Undercover Boss (p) 4.7/8 7511 1.2/5 1.6/5 2.1/5
10:02 CSI: Cyber (thru 11:02) 4.0/7 6176 0.7/3 1.1/4 1.4/4
NBC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7-11 Network Average 8.7/15 15028 4.1/16 5.1/16 5.8/16
7:30 Football Night in America 1.4/2 2298 0.5/2 0.7/2 0.8/2
7:57 Football Night in America 5.5/9 9645 2.4/10 3.2/11 3.7/10
8:22 Sunday Night Pre-Kick 7.6/13 13438 3.6/15 4.6/15 5.2/14
8:31 Sunday Night Football: Arizona @ Philadelphia (thru 11:11) 10.5/18 18113 5.0/19 6.1/19 7.0/19
FOX PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7-10 Network Average 2.8/5 5620 1.2/5 1.4/5 1.6/5
7:00 Miss Universe 2015 (thru 10:02) 3.3/5 5620 1.4/5 1.6/5 1.9/5
UNI PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7-11 Network Average 0.8/1 1346 0.4/1
7:00 El Gordo y La Flaca-Estrella (s) 0.8/1 1274 0.4/1
8:00 Premios Univision Deportes (s) 0.8/1 1460 0.5/1
10:07 Sal y Pimienta 0.7/1 1153 0.4/1

Cable Rankings – Sunday 12/20/15
What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Sunday, December 20:


  1. Movie: “Christmas Land” (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): 4.244 million

  2. “Alaska: The Last Frontier” (Discovery, 9 p.m.): 3.033

  3. “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo, 8 p.m.): 2.863

  4. Movie: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) (ABC Family, 7 p.m.): 2.712

  5. Movie: “Elf” (2003) (ABC Family, 9:15 p.m.): 2.522
  6. Movie: “A Royal Christmas” (Hallmark, 10 p.m.): 2.366

  7. “Into the Badlands” (AMC, 10 p.m. – season finale): 2.159

  8. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10 p.m.): 2.140

  9. Movie: “Christmas Under Wraps” (Hallmark, 6 p.m.): 2.139

  10. “Holiday Baking Champion” (Food Network, 9 p.m.): 2.116
  11. “Homeland” (Showtime, 9:03 p.m. – season finale): 2.073

  12. Movie: “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2009) (Disney Channel, 8 p.m.): 2.062

  13. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9:30 p.m.): 1.971

  14. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 9 p.m.): 1.942

  15. “The Librarians” (TNT, 8 p.m.): 1.941
  16. “Alaska: The Last Frontier” (Discovery, 8 p.m.): 1.925

  17. “Jill & Jessa: Counting On” (TLC, 9 p.m.): 1.895

  18. “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (E!, 9 p.m.): 1.893

  19. “The Big Bang Theory” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.): 1.802

  20. “Family Guy” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.799


  • “Agent X” (TNT, 9 p.m.): 1.207

  • “The Affair” (Showtime, 10 p.m. – season finale): 1.111

  • “Married by Mom and Dad” (TLC, 10 p.m.): 0.888

  • “The Royals” (E!, 10 p.m.): 0.705


Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research




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Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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