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Weekly Ratings: NBC Rolls Behind ‘Voice,’ ‘Chicago Med,’ Football and Dolly Parton Pic

NBC had another dominant victory in demos last week, claiming five of the frame’s top 10 programs while also scoring with its holiday movie special “Dolly Parton’s A Coat of Many Colors.”

The network’s “Sunday Night Football,” featuring the New England Patriots against the Houston Texans, averaged a 7.0 rating/21 share in adults 18-49 and 20.99 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen, to rule as far and away the week’s No. 1 primetime show. It was joined among NBC programs in the top 10 by two editions of “The Voice,” which is finishing its fall edition very strong.

Tuesday’s “Voice” (2.8/10 in 18-49, 13.13 million viewers overall) shot up 8% week to week and was up a big 22% vs. the same night a year ago. That helped lead-out “Chicaco Med” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 9.60 million viewers overall, pictured), which was up a tick to become the rare show to post gains in two of its first weeks following a premiere. And behind it, “Chicago Fire” (2.0/7 in 18-49, 9.13 million viewers overall) drew its largest overall audience in 14 months.

Thursday’s premiere of faith-based telepic “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 13.03 million viewers overall) matched the highest 18-49 rating for any film on the broadcast networks in nearly five years (since CBS’ “The Lost Valentine” did a 2.3 in January 2011), and it’s also the most-watched movie on television since May 2011 (13.9 million for “Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost”).

Overall, according to Nielsen estimates for the week of Dec. 7-13, NBC averaged a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 to tower over both CBS and Fox by a 50% margin (1.4). They were followed by the Disney networks ABC (1.1/4), ESPN (1.0/3) and ABC Family (0.9/3).

NBC, which has won 11 of the season’s first 12 weeks in adults 18-49, now holds a 21% advantage over second-place CBS (2.9 vs. 2.4) — the largest advantage at this point of the season for any network since 1997. And it has maintained its year-ago season average while its rivals are all down.

The Peacock also finished ahead of CBS in total viewers for a third straight week — its longest winning streak without help from the Olympics since December 2012. The network is up 1% vs. last year in this category for its largest audience through mid-December in nine years (since it averaged 10.2 million through 12 weeks in 2006-07).

Elsewhere, Fox didn’t see any gains for its two-hour finale of “Scream Queens” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 2.53 million viewers overall), faring much one night later with its special “Taraji & Terrence’s Holidays” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.10 million viewers overall), hosted by the leads of “Empire.”

CBS had a good Wednesday with the season’s penultimate “Survivor” (2.3/8 in 18-49, 9.91 million viewers overall), up 10% week to week, and best-since-premiere numbers for “Criminal Minds” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 9.27 million viewers overall), which thrived without drama competition from either “Empire” or “Law & Order: SVU.” And at 10, “Code Black” (1.4/5 in 18-49, 8.38 million viewers overall) remained above its early-season averages.

At ABC, it was slow going in the 10 p.m. hour with the likes of “Great Holiday Baking Show” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.72 million viewers overall) and a series low for “Nashville” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 4.14 million viewers overall). But on Sunday, “Quantico” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.56 million viewers overall) edged up for its midseason finale.

Another Sunday drama with terrorism themes, Showtime’s “Homeland,” drew its largest same-day audience of the fall (1.84 million) one week from its season finale. And behind it, “The Affair” (989,000) jumped about 150,000 viewers to hit a season high of its own.

TOP PRIMETIME NETWORKS
(Dec. 7-13, 2015; live plus same-day)

Adults 18-49 rating/share
NBC ……………………..  2.1/7
CBS ……………………..  1.4/5
Fox ………………………  1.4/5
ABC ……………………..  1.1/4
ESPN ……………………  1.0/3
FAM ……………………… 0.9/3
UNI ………………………  0.7/2
TEL ………………………  0.6/2
CW ……………………….  0.6/2
DISC ……………………..  0.6/2

Total Viewers (in millions)
NBC ……………………..  8.61
CBS ……………………..  8.00
ABC ……………………… 4.52
Fox ………………………  4.32
ESPN ……………………  2.85
FAM ……………………..  2.23
FNC ……………………..  2.03
UNI ………………………  1.99
CW ………………………  1.66
TEL ………………………  1.55

TOP PRIMETIME PROGRAMS
(Dec. 7-13, 2015; live plus same-day)

Adults 18-49 rating/share
1.  Sunday Night Football: New England-Houston (NBC), 7.0/21
2.  Monday Night Football: Dallas-Washington (ESPN), 4.8/15
3.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 3.8/14
4.  Thursday Night Football: Minnesota-Arizona (NFLN), 2.9/12
5.  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 2.8/10
5.  The Voice-Monday (NBC), 2.8/9
7.  Modern Family (ABC), 2.6/9
8.  The Simpsons (Fox), 2.4/7
9.  Survivor (CBS), 2.3/8
9.  Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (CBS), 2.3/8
11.  Chicago Med (NBC), 2.1/7
12.  Chicago Fire (NBC), 2.0/7
12.  The Middle (ABC), 2.0/7
12.  The Goldbergs (ABC), 2.0/7
15.  Life in Pieces (CBS), 1.9/7
15.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 1.9/6
17.  Movie: Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors (NBC), 1.8/6
18.  Scorpion (CBS), 1.7/5
18.  Black-ish (ABC), 1.7/5
18.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), 1.7/5
18.  Family Guy (Fox), 1.7/5

Total Viewers (in millions)
1.  Sunday Night Football: New England-Houston (NBC), 20.99
2.  The Big Bang Theory (CBS), 15.27
3.  Monday Night Football: Dallas-Washington (ESPN), 14.15
4.  The Voice-Tuesday (NBC), 13.13
5.  Movie: Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors (NBC), 13.03
6.  The Voice-Monday (NBC), 12.25
7.  NCIS (CBS), 11.41
8.  60 Minutes (CBS), 10.65
9.  Madam Secretary (CBS), 10.14
10.  Blue Bloods (CBS), 9.95
11.  Survivor (CBS), 9.91
12.  Chicago Med (NBC), 9.59
13.  NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), 9.52
14.  NCIS: New Orleans (CBS), 9.37
15.  Scorpion (CBS), 9.30
16.  Criminal Minds (CBS), 9.27
17.  Chicago Fire (NBC), 9.13
18.  Thursday Night Football: Minnesota-Arizona (NFLN), 8.74
19.  The Good Wife (CBS), 8.49
20.  Code Black (CBS), 8.38

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