giants cowboys ratings TV ratings: Giants Cowboys scores big for NBC Sunday, 'Once Upon a Time' falls some moreFast national ratings for Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011

A tight game between two marquee teams gave NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” some of its best ratings of the season, carrying the Peacock to a big ratings win for the night. The NFL also boosted CBS, while ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” declined again in its final episode of 2011.

The Giants-Cowboys game on “SNF” helped NBC score 18.6 million viewers and an 11.3 rating/17 share in households for the night, leading CBS (13.2 million, 8.3/13) by more than 5 million viewers as things stand now (numbers for both nets will change some because of live sports in primetime). FOX averaged 6 million viewers and a 3.5/5, beating ABC’s 5.9 million and 3.5/5.

NBC dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 6.9 rating, more than doubling CBS’ 3.2. FOX drew a 2.7 in the demo and ABC a 1.8.

]]> NBC: “Football Night in America” (9.85 million, 5.7/9)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7.4 million, 4.1/7)
FOX: NFL overrun (9.4 million, 5.3/9)/”The Cleveland Show” rerun (4.1 million, 2.4/4) 18-49 leader: NFL overrun/”60 Minutes” (4.5) 8 p.m. NBC: “Sunday Night Football” – Giants/Cowboys (20.45 million, 12.2/18)
CBS: “60 Minutes”/”The Amazing Race” finale (13.7 million, 8.4/12)
ABC: “Once Upon a Time” (8.9 million, 5.2/8)
FOX: “The Simpsons” (6.45 million, 3.6/5)/”The Cleveland Show” (5 million, 2.9/4) 18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (7.4) 9 p.m. NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (23.25 million, 14.2/21)
CBS: “The Amazing Race” finale/”The Good Wife” (11.1 million, 6.9/10)
FOX: “Family Guy” (6.05 million, 3.6/5)/”American Dad” (5 million, 3.0/4)
ABC: Movie – “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (3.7 million, 2.3/3) 18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (8.7) 10 p.m. NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (21 million, 12.9/20
CBS: “The Good Wife”/”CSI: Miami” (11.05 million, 7.2/11)
ABC: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (3.7 million, 2.3/4) 18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (8.2)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable

Posted by:Rick Porter