patriots 49ers ratings dec 16 TV ratings: 'Bachelorette' wedding fizzles while 'Sunday Night Football' rules for NBCFast National ratings for Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012

The matchup of the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots resulted in big ratings for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” this week, giving the broadcast one of its biggest audiences of the season.

CBS also got a big boost from an afternoon NFL game that ate up nearly the entire first hour of primetime, which in turn helped the “Survivor: Philippines” finale improve on last spring’s finale. ABC’s “Bachelorette” wedding special, however, got hammered, finishing last in both of its hours.

The networks also carried coverage of President Obama’s speech at the Newtown, Conn., memorial around 8:30 p.m., which will have an effect on the final numbers.

For now, though, CBS leads the viewer race with just under 17 million and a 10.1 rating/16 share in households. NBC (16.9 million, 9.9/15) was a very close second. ABC (4.2 million, 2.6/4) finished a distant third, and FOX (3.3 million, 1.5/4) took fourth.

NBC won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 6.2 rating. CBS scored a 4.9 in the demo, followed by FOX, 1.5, and ABC, 1.1.

]]>7 p.m. CBS: NFL runover (27.8 million viewers, 16.6/26 households)
NBC: “Football Night in America” (8.6 million, 4.9/8)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” rerun (6.3 million, 3.8/6)
FOX: “The Cleveland Show” rerun (3.15 million, 1.9/3)/”The Cleveland Show” (3 million, 1.7/3) 18-49 leader: NFL runover (8.5) 8 p.m. CBS: “60 Minutes”/Presidential address (17.8 million, 10.9/16)
NBC: “Sunday Night Football” – 49ers/Patriots/Presidential address (17.7 million, 10.2/15)
ABC: “Wipeout” rerun/Presidential address (3.7 million, 2.1/3)
FOX: “The Simpsons” (4.4 million, 2./4)/Presidential address and “Bob’s Burgers” (2.8 million, 1.7/2) 18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (6.5) 9 p.m. NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (21.9 million, 13.0/19)
CBS: “Survivor: Philippines” finale (11.7 million, 6.9/10)
FOX: “Bob’s Burgers”/”Family Guy” rerun/”American Dad” rerun (3.3 million, 2.0/3)
ABC: “Wipeout” rerun/Special – “The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.’s Wedding” (3.1 million, 2.1/3) 18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (8.0) 10 p.m. NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (18.6 million, 11.6/18)
CBS: “Survivor: Philippines” finale (10.5 million, 6.3/10)
ABC: “The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.’s Wedding” (3.5 million, 2.5/4) 18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (7.2) Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company. More ratings at Zap2it: Daily, weekly and cable