TV ratings: Patriots-Jets gives NBC a Sunday win, 'Once Upon a Time' steady for ABC
NBC cruised to a ratings win Sunday as its "Sunday Night Football" game between the New England Patriots and New York Jets scored typically strong numbers (though not quite as big as last week). "Once Upon a Time" continued its remarkably steady run for ABC, and "Desperate Housewives" improved a little on its recent performances.
NBC brought in 15.8 million viewers and a 10.1 rating/15 share in households for the night (numbers that will change some with the live NFL telecast). CBS (10.9 million, 7.1/10) was up a little bit in viewers from last week and finished second. FOX, which got a boost from late-afternoon NFL games bleeding into primetime, took third with 8.9 million viewers and a 5.5/9, while ABC came in at 8.4 million viewers and a 5.3/8.
NBC dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with a 5.8 rating, finishing two full points ahead of FOX's 3.8. ABC came in third with a 2.5, and CBS trailed with a 2.2.