TV ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' down but still leads, Sunday 'X Factor' also dips

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bears-vikings-ratings-1016.jpgFast national ratings for Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

A blowout win for the Chicago Bears over the Minnesota Vikings sent "Sunday Night Football's" ratings down some this week, but NBC still scored the evening's best ratings. FOX got big numbers from its late afternoon NFL game too, but those didn't help a special showing of "The X Factor" that much. Its numbers were not surprisingly below average, considering FOX had relatively little time to promote the episode airing away from its usual spot.

ABC, meanwhile, saw "Pan Am's" ratings dip again, while "Desperate Housewives" was basically even with its low numbers from last week.

NBC averaged 12.3 million viewers and a 7.6 rating/12 share in households for the night, beating FOX's 11.6 million and 6.9/11. (The numbers for both networks will change some, however, when the adjustments for live sports are factored in.) CBS took third with 10.2 million viewers and a 6.5/10, while ABC (6.9 million, 4.3/7) trailed.

The Peacock also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 4.8 rating. FOX came in second with a 4.4. CBS' 2.2 was good enough for third, while ABC came in at 2.0.

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