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Sunday Final Nationals: ‘The Walking Dead’ on AMC Rises in Fall Finale

While the Denver Broncos spoiled the undefeated season of New England Patriots with a 30-24 overtime victory on “Sunday Night Football(Women 18-34: 4.8/17; Men 18-34: 8.8/30; Women 18-49: 5.8/17; Men 18-49: 11.2/32), it didn’t spoil NBC’s overwhelming victory in all key figures on Sunday night. The game marks the fifth NBC Sunday Night Football game to top 25 million viewers this season. Last season, only one NBC SNF game averaged 25 million viewers (Green Bay-Seattle in the “NFL Kickoff” game).

Viewership peaked at 27.3 million in the 11:45 p.m.-midnight ET quarter hour, as Denver’s C.J. Anderson (113 rushing yards, 2 TDs) ran 48 yards down the Broncos snow-covered sideline for the game-winning touchdown in overtime.

Sunday’s game (8:31 p.m.-12:02 a.m. ET) posted a 14.6/24 fast national rating and an 8.5 among Adults 18-49, up 11% and 5%, respectively, from last season’s Week 12 SNF game (13.1/22 rating and 8.1 for Cowboys-Giants). The 25.2 million viewers for Patriots-Broncos is up 13% from last year’s game (22.4 million) and ranks as the most-watched Thanksgiving Sunday primetime game in NBC SNF history (since 2006).

Top metered markets for Patriots-Broncos: Denver 48.6/70, Boston 44.0/65, Providence 32.3/48, Albuquerque 26.1/39, Las Vegas 23.1/36, Phoenix 21.4/32, Hartford 19.4/30, San Diego 18.9/31, Charlotte 18.4/30, Kansas City and Norfolk 18.0/28 each.

The fall finale telecast of AMC’s “The Walking Dead(Women 18-34: 5.81; Men 18-34: 6.95; Women 18-49: 6.35; Men 18-49: 7.70) drew the season’s best live-plus-same-day numbers since its Oct. 11 season six premiere. Compared to its year-ago fall finale (Nov. 30, 2014), “The Walking Dead” was down 6 percent in total viewers and down 7 percent in adults 18-49,

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

ABC’s “Once Upon a Time(Women 18-34: 1.5/5; Men 18-34: 0.6/2; Women 18-49: 1.8/5; Men 18-49: 0.9/2)

ABC’s “Blood & Oil(Women 18-34: 0.6/2; Men 18-34: 0.4/1; Women 18-49: 1.1/3; Men 18-49: 0.7/2)

ABC’s “Quantico(Women 18-34: 1.2/4; Men 18-34: 0.7/2; Women 18-49: 1.6/5; Men 18-49: 0.9/3)

CBS’s “60 Minutes(Women 18-34: 1.0/3; Men 18-34: 2.1/7; Women 18-49: 2.1/6; Men 18-49: 3.1/8)

CBS’s “Madam Secretary(Women 18-34: 0.5/2; Men 18-34: 0.7/2; Women 18-49: 1.4/4; Men 18-49: 1.1/3)

CBS’s “The Good Wife(Women 18-34: 0.6/2; Men 18-34: 0.5/2; Women 18-49: 1.1/3; Men 18-49: 0.8/2)

Fox’s “Breakthrough Prize(Women 18-34: 0.2/1; Men 18-34: 0.5/2; Women 18-49: 0.3/1; Men 18-49: 0.5/1)

Fox’s “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas(Women 18-34: 0.7/2; Men 18-34: 0.8/3; Women 18-49: 0.9/2; Men 18-49: 1.0/3)

AMC’s “Into the Badlands(Women 18-34: 1.84; Men 18-34: 2.26; Women 18-49: 2.13; Men 18-49: 2.80)

Showtime’s “Homeland(1.420 million viewers; Women 18-34: 0.24; Men 18-34: 0.21; Women 18-49: 0.52; Men 18-49: 0.45)

Showtime’s “The Affair(916,000 viewers; Women 18-34: 0.16; Men 18-34: 0.15; Women 18-49: 0.36; Men 18-49: 0.18)

HBO’s “The Leftovers(861,000 viewers; Women 18-34: 0.26; Men 18-34: 0.41; Women 18-49: 0.34; Men 18-49: 0.47)

TNT’s “The Librarians(2.021 million viewers; Women 18-34: 0.26; Men 18-34: 0.32; Women 18-49: 0.59; Men 18-49: 0.48)

TNT’s “Agent X(978,000 viewers; Women 18-34: 0.16; Men 18-34: 0.11; Women 18-49: 0.24; Men 18-49: 0.22)

E!’s “The Royals(532,000 viewers; Women 18-34: 0.34; Men 18-34: 0.17; Women 18-49: 0.34; Men 18-49: 0.14)

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Sunday, November 29, 2015
ABC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7-11 Network Average 2.6/4 4253 0.7/3 1.1/3 1.4/3
7:00 America’s Funniest Home Videos (r) 3.2/5 5358 0.5/2 1.0/3 1.4/3
8:00 Once Upon a Time 2.5/4 4379 1.0/3 1.3/4 1.6/4
9:00 Blood & Oil 2.0/3 3203 0.5/2 0.9/2 1.1/3
10:00 Quantico 2.6/5 4072 0.9/2 1.2/4 1.5/4
CBS PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7-11 Network Average 9.6/16 16120 2.5/9 3.6/10 4.7/11
4:36 NFL Football: Pittsburgh @ Seattle (thru 8:01) 15.4/27 26642 5.9/25 8.0/27 9.8/28
7:57 NFL Post Gun (s) 13.5/22 23596 5.1/19 6.7/20 8.2/20
8:01 60 Minutes 8.7/13 14332 1.5/5 2.6/7 3.6/8
9:01 Madam Secretary 6.3/10 9960 0.6/2 1.3/3 1.9/4
10:01 The Good Wife (thru 11:01) 5.2/9 7948 0.5/2 0.9/3 1.5/4
NBC PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7-11 Network Average 11.6/19 20236 5.3/18 6.7/19 7.9/19
7:30 Football Night in America 1.9/3 3081 0.6/2 0.9/3 1.1/3
7:59 Football Night in America 7.3/12 12648 3.0/11 4.1/12 4.9/12
8:22 Sunday Night Pre-Kick 10.3/16 17860 4.2/15 5.8/17 7.1/17
8:31 Sunday Night Football: New England @ Denver (thru 12:02am) 14.6/24 25188 6.8/24 8.5/24 10.0/24
FOX PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7-11 Network Average 1.1/2 1891 0.6/2 0.7/2 0.8/2
7:00 Breakthrough Prize (s) 0.9/1 1404 0.4/1 0.4/1 0.4/1
8:00 The Simpsons (r) 1.3/2 2319 0.8/3 1.0/3 1.1/3
8:30 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (r) 1.2/2 2243 0.7/2 0.9/2 1.0/2
9:00 Family Guy (r) 1.3/2 2144 0.7/2 0.8/2 0.9/2
9:30 The Last Man on Earth (r) 1.1/2 1833 0.5/1 0.6/2 0.7/2
UNI PROGRAM HH/SHR VWRS
(000)
A18-34 A18-49 A25-54
7-11 Network Average 1.0/2 1781 0.6/2
5:55 Futbol Mexicano Toluca vs. Puebla 0.7/1 1227 0.5/2
8:00 La Banda 1.1/2 2059 0.7/2
10:00 Sal y Pimienta 0.9/2 1538 0.5/2

Cable Rankings – Sunday 11/29/15
What follows are the top 20 most-watched shows in prime time on cable for Sunday, November 29:


  1. “The Walking Dead” (AMC, 9 p.m. – fall finale): 13.981 million

  2. “Into the Badlands” (AMC, 10:01 p.m.): 5.166

  3. Movie: “Angel of Christmas” (2015) (Hallmark, 8 p.m.): 3.320

  4. “The Walking Dead” (AMC, 8 p.m.): 3.097

  5. “2015 Soul Train Awards” (BET, 8 p.m.): 3.021

  6. “Alaska: The Last Frontier” (Discovery, 9 p.m.): 2.842

  7. “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo, 8 p.m.): 2.802

  8. Movie: “Northpole: Open Christmas” (Hallmark, 6 p.m.): 2.463

  9. Movie: “Tangled” (2010) (Disney Channel, 8:40 p.m.): 2.032

  10. “The Librarians” (TNT, 8 p.m.): 2.021

  11. “Alaska: The Last Frontier” (Discovery, 8 p.m.): 1.989

  12. “NCIS” (USA, 7 p.m.): 1.984

  13. “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (E!, 9 p.m.): 1.983

  14. “NCIS” (USA, 8 p.m.): 1.963

  15. “2015 Soul Train Awards Post Show” (BET, 10:30 p.m.): 1.931

  16. Movie: “A Very Merry Mix Up” (Hallmark, 10 p.m.): 1.855

  17. “NCIS” (USA, 9 p.m.): 1.821

  18. “Holiday Baking Champion” (Food Network, 9 p.m.): 1.818

  19. “Family Guy” (Adult Swim, 10:30 p.m.): 1.798

  20. “2015 Halo Awards” (Nickelodeon, 7 p.m.): 1.789


  • “Futbol Mexicano: Toluca vs. Puebla” (UDN, 5:55-8:00 p.m.; 0.23 household rating): 0.395

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research




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