TV ratings: 'The Mentalist' and AMAs rise Sunday but NFL dominates

broncos-patriots-ratings-nov-24-13.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

The American Music Awards captured their biggest total audience and best adults 18-49 in four years on Sunday, but that was only good for second place on the night. NBC once again led with "Sunday Night Football," which got big numbers from a highly anticipated game between Denver and New England.

Also Sunday, the reveal of Red John on "The Mentalist" gave the show its biggest audience in 10 months, but a character death on "Family Guy" didn't move the needle -- it was even with its performance last week. "The Simpsons," however, was up with an NFL lead-in.

NBC averaged 19.6 million viewers and an 11.3 rating/17 share in households for the night, numbers that will likely rise in the final nationals with its life NFL broadcast. ABC (11.4 million, 6.6/10) came in second. CBS (9.78 million, 6.2/9) and FOX (9.77 million, 5.7/8) are currently in a virtual tie for second place, pending updates for NFL games that ran into primetime.

NBC dominated the 18-49 demographic as well with a 7.0 rating. ABC and FOX tied for second at 3.7, and CBS trailed with a 1.5.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX:
NFL runover/"The OT" (19.8 million viewers, 11.6/18 households)
CBS: "60 Minutes" (11 million, 7.0/11)
NBC: "Football Night in America" (9.1 million, 5.2/8)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.7 million, 3.9/6)

18-49 leader: NFL runover/"The OT" (6.7)

8 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" - Broncos/Patriots (22.8 million, 13.0/19)
ABC: American Music Awards (12.9 million, 7.3/11)
CBS: "The Amazing Race" (8 million, 4.9/7)
FOX: "The Simpsons" (6.65 million, 4.0/6)/"Bob's Burgers" (4 million, 2.4/3)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (7.8)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" (25.9 million, 14.9/21)
ABC: American Music Awards (13.1 million, 7.5/11)
CBS: "The Good Wife" (9.5 million, 6.2/9)
FOX: "Family Guy" (4.5 million, 2.7/4)/"American Dad" (3.8 million, 2.3/3)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (9.3)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" (20.7 million, 12.3/19)
ABC: American Music Awards (12.85 million, 7.7/12)
CBS: "The Mentalist" (10.6 million, 6.9/11)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (8.0)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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