TV ratings: NCIS: LA up, Pandora down

A breakdown of the broadcast live TV ratings for Sunday, Dec. 13

The live TV ratings for Sunday, Dec. 13 are in. Most shows aired new, with NBC getting the Sunday Night Football as usual.

In fact, as usual, the Sunday Night Football won the night, with 14.34 million viewers and a 3.9 demo rating. That wasn’t as high as the NFL Overrun on FOX earlier in the day, but that’s normal.

Because of the NFL Overrun, Animation Domination got its boost in the live TV ratings. The Simpsons started it with a 131% increase in the audience and a 116% increase in the demo. The demo was the highest of the regular programming, but the audience still didn’t beat CBS’s TV crime dramas.

All three other Animation Domination shows saw upticks. The show we’re waiting on for a renewal is Bless the Harts since there’s little reason The Simpsons won’t be renewed. The renewal is likely.

CBS dominated the night in scripted

Despite not having the NFL Overrun, CBS still performed well. It all started with the new episode of 60 Minutes. While that was down in both metrics, it was still the best outside of the football.

NCIS: Los Angeles saw a 52% uptick in the total audience compared to last week’s double bill. The demo was up 25%. In the audience, the show won in the scripted shows, and it’s likely because Hetty was back for a bit of the episode again.

NCIS: New Orleans didn’t fare too badly, either. It was steady in the audience, which is good for a midseason finale after taking two weeks off. The demo was down 20%, but nothing to be too worried about just yet. That demo was still second in the timeslot, and the audience was first in the timeslot.

The CW had a rough night. Pandora‘s Season 1 finale fell in both audience and demo. The show hasn’t had a good run this fall, but it isn’t designed to be a fall show. It’s aired in the summer last year and had to be pushed to the fall for the pandemic-proof programming. Will The CW give it another chance considering this fact?

The Outpost was also down, with the audience about the same as the Pandora finale. The Outpost has been picked up for 13 more episodes because The CW has been happy with the performance, so it offers a little hope for Pandora.

ABC game shows in the live TV ratings

For ABC, it was all about the Sunday game shows after a Disney singalong for the holiday season. Supermarket Sweep kicked things off, losing 19% of its audience and 16% of its demo.

The drops continued with Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Card Sharks. Don’t write the shows off too much just yet. These types of shows make excellent syndication options. They’re also great for reruns since they don’t need to air in any particular order. It will likely be worth ABC keeping them on the books.

Check out the live TV ratings for Sunday, Dec. 13.

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