TV ratings: NFL squeezes out Sunday win over AMAs

jenniferlopez_amas_290.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009

NBC's Sunday NFL game pulled in somewhat lower ratings than usual, but they were still big enough to edge CBS and ABC -- which got the biggest audience for the American Music Awards in seven years -- for the night's top spot.

NBC averaged 12.94 million viewers and an 8.0 rating/13 share in households on Sunday, edging CBS (12.69 million, 7.8/12) and ABC (12.14 million, 7.3/12) for the lead. (All three networks had live sports for at least a small part of the night, so their numbers may change a little in the final nationals.) FOX came in a fairly distant fourth with 5.5 million viewers and a 3.2/5.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, NBC's 4.8 rating beat out ABC's 4.5. CBS took third with a 3.2, while FOX came in at 2.7.

Sunday's hourly results:

7 p.m.

NFL overrun/ "60 Minutes" (18.4 million viewers, 11.2/19 households)
NBC: "Football Night in America" (7.9 million, 4.9/8)
ABC: NASCAR Ford 400/"America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.1 million, 3.6/6)
FOX: "Brothers" (2.6 million, 1.7/3)/"The Simpsons" rerun (4 million, 2.4/4)

18-49 leader: NFL/"60 Minutes" (4.7)

8 p.m.

"Sunday Night Football" - Eagles-Bears (14.2 million, 8.5/13)
CBS: "60 Minutes"/"The Amazing Race" (13.5 million, 7.9/12)
ABC: 2009 American Music Awards (12.8 million, 7.8/12)
FOX: "The Simpsons" (7 million, 3.8/6)/"The Cleveland Show" (6.5 million, 3.7/6)

18-49 leader:
"Sunday Night Football" (5.1)

9 p.m.

American Music Awards (15.6 million, 9.3/14)
NBC: "Sunday Night Football" (15.5 million, 9.5/14)
CBS: "The Amazing Race"/"Cold Case" (10.3 million, 6.2/10)
FOX: "Family Guy" (7.4 million, 4.2/6)/"American Dad" (5.5 million, 3.2/5)

18-49 leader: American Music Awards (6.1)

10 p.m.

"Sunday Night Football" (14.3 million, 9.1/15)
ABC: American Music Awards (14.1 million, 8.7/15)
CBS: "Cold Case"/"Three Rivers" (8.5 million, 5.7/9)

18-49 leader:
American Music Awards (5.7)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.

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