NBC Sunday Win is Patriot-ic
NFL also aids CBS, but Peacock takes No. 1 spot
The NFL helped two networks on Sunday, with NBC scoring a narrow victory thanks to its showcase of the unbeaten New England Patriots.
CBS led the night in households with a 9.8/15, but NBC, 9.6/15, grabbed the top spot in total viewers (15.57 million to CBS' 15.39 million). ABC was a solid third at 8.7/13. FOX came in fourth with a 4.7/7, and The CW drew a barely-there 0.8/1.
NBC also won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 6.0 rating. ABC finished second with a 5.0, topping CBS' 4.3 and FOX's 3.6. The CW drew negligible numbers.
Late-ending NFL games scored a 13.5/21 for CBS at 7 p.m. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" drew a 6.1/10 for ABC, while NBC came in third with "Football Night in America," 4.6/7. A pair of "Simpsons" repeats averaged 3.5/5 for FOX. The CW went with "CW Now" and an "Aliens in America" rerun.
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" telecast, featuring the Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, earned a 9.9/15 at 8 p.m. CBS' "60 Minutes" tied for the lead in households and was second in viewers, holding off a second hour of "EM: Home Edition," 8.5/13, on ABC. A new "Simpsons," 5.3/8, and "King of the Hill," 5.1/7, kept FOX in fourth. The CW aired a "Life Is Wild" rerun.
The Patriots-Eagles game improved to an 11.8/17 at 9 p.m. to keep NBC on top. "Desperate Housewives" was right behind, posting an 11.6/17 for ABC. CBS dropped one spot to third with "The Amazing Race," 7.6/11. "Family Guy" and "American Dad" held steady for FOX, while an "America's Next Top Model" rerun came in at 1.0/1 for The CW.
At 10 p.m., "Sunday Night Football" delivered its best hour of the night with a 12.3/20. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters," 8.4/14, was second, beating out "Cold Case," 8.1/13, on CBS.
On Saturday, college football gave ABC the top spot with a 6.1/11. FOX finished second at 4.2/7, followed by CBS, 4.1/7, and NBC, 2.9/5.
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