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Sunday Overnights: ‘A Christmas Story Live!” Left at the Starting Gate on Fox

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What follows are the metered market household results by half-hour for the four broadcast networks for Sunday, December 17, 2017:

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 9.3/16, CBS: 8.4/14, ABC: 3.0/ 5, Fox: 2.8/ 5

-Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +133, CBS: – 1, ABC: -17, NBC: -20

Ratings Breakdown:
”Sunday Night Football,” as always, lifted NBC to solid Sunday dominance with the 20 to 17 victory for the Dallas Cowboys over the Oakland Raiders at an estimated 12.3 rating/21 share in households from 8:30-11:45 p.m. ET. And CBS got a boost from the mammoth 20.5/35 for the NFL in the household overnights in the 7 p.m. half-hour, leading into canceled “Wisdom of the Crowd” (5.3/ 8), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (5.1/ 8) and “Madam Secretary” (4.3/ 8) from 8:30-11:30 p.m. All individual program results for CBS are approximate.

In the specials department was three-hour “A Christmas Story Live!” on Fox, which struggled at a mere 2.8/ 5 in the household overnights from 7-10 p.m. Comparably, this will easily be the lowest rated live musical on any network in recent years to-date.

ABC, meanwhile, populated the evening with an encore telecast of classic 1965 theatrical “The Sound of Music” at a 2.8/ 5 from 7-11 p.m.

What follows are the household overnight results for Sunday, December 17:

7:00 p.m.
ABC – Movie: “The Sound of Music” (R): 2.2/ 4 (#3)
CBS – NFL: 20.5/35 (#1)
NBC – Football Night in America, part 1: 1.6/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “A Christmas Story Live!”: 3.2/ 5 (#2)

7:30 p.m.
ABC – Movie: “The Sound of Music” (R): 2.6/ 4 (#4)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 12.1/20 (#1)
NBC – Football Night in America, part 2: 4.6/ 8 (#2)
Fox – “A Christmas Story Live!”: 3.1/ 5 (#2)

8:00 p.m.
ABC – Movie: “The Sound of Music” (R): 2.8/ 5 (#4)
CBS – “60 Minutes”: 9.6/16 (#1)
NBC – Football Night in America, part 3: 7.5/12 (#2)
Fox – “A Christmas Story Live!”: 2.9/ 5 (#3)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – Movie: “The Sound of Music” (R): 3.4/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Wisdom of the Crowd”: 6.0/ 9 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders): 11.5/19 (#1)
Fox – “A Christmas Story Live!”: 2.6/ 4 #4)

9:00 p.m.`
ABC – Movie: “The Sound of Music” (R): 3.5/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Wisdom of the Crowd”: 4.5/ 7 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders): 12.4/20 (#1)
Fox – “A Christmas Story Live!”: 2.5/ 4 #4)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – Movie: “The Sound of Music” (R): 3.4/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 5.2/ 8 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders): 12.5/20 (#1)
Fox – “A Christmas Story Live!”: 2.5/ 4 #4)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – Movie: “The Sound of Music” (R): 3.2/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “NCIS: Los Angeles”: 4.6/ 8 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders): 12.6/22 (#1)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – Movie: “The Sound of Music” (R): 3.2/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “Madam Secretary”: 4.0/ 8 (#2)
NBC – Sunday Night Football (Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders): 12.8/24 (#1)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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