Big Game, Big Ratings for CBS Sunday
NFL boosts Eye to win, but NBC matchup suffers
The National Football League was a boon to CBS Sunday, but NBC's prime-time game of the week suffered some of its lowest ratings ever.
CBS won the night with an 11.4 rating/18 share (with those numbers subject to change thanks to live football). ABC finished second at 8.1/13, while NBC managed only a 5.3/8 for the night. FOX, 3.8/6, came in fourth, while The CW was barely there at 0.8/1.
The adults 18-49 crown also went to CBS, which drew a 5.0 rating in the demographic. ABC took second at 4.6. NBC, 3.3, beat out FOX, 3.0, for third, while The CW fell well below the 1.0 mark.
CBS' coverage of the week's marquee NFL game, New England at Dallas, scored a 16.6/28 at 7 p.m., easily beating the combined totals for the other four networks. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos," 4.9/9, was the best of the rest. "Football Night in America" earned a 3.2/5 for NBC. Reruns of "King of the Hill" and "The Simpsons" averaged 2.7/5 for FOX. The CW aired "CW Now" and "Online Nation."
At 8 p.m., "60 Minutes" kept CBS on top with an 11.4/18. ABC held onto second with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," 7.3/11. "Sunday Night Football" was well below its average on NBC. FOX went "The Simpsons," 5.1/8, and "King of the Hill," 4.3/7, while "Life Is Wild" registered only a 0.7/1 for The CW.
ABC took the lead at 9 p.m. with "Desperate Housewives," 11.7/18. CBS dropped to second with "Cold Case," 9.6/14. "Sunday Night Football" improved some to 6.4/10 for NBC. "Family Guy," 4.4/7, and "American Dad," 3.9/6, kept FOX in fourth. The CW finished its night with an "America's Next Top Model" rerun.
"Brothers & Sisters," 8.5/14, won the 10 p.m. hour for ABC. CBS' "Shark" posted a 7.9/13, while NBC's NFL coverage fell back to 5.7/10.
On Saturday, FOX's coverage of the American League Championship Series won the night with a 5.4/10. CBS finished second at 4.3/8, followed by ABC, 4.1/8, and NBC, 2.5/5.
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