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Fans Return to Football on NBC

December 1, 2008 12:54 PM

Football triumphed Sunday night as viewers settled back into normal viewing patterns after the long Thanksgiving weekend.

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NBC’s coverage of the Chicago Bears-Minnesota Vikings game posted a 5.3 rating/12 share in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data.

The game rose 15% over last week’s Indianapolis Colts/San Diego Chargers matchup. NBC captured the night with a 4.3/10.

NFL overrun pushed CBS into a close second with a nightly 4.1/10, as well as a first-place finish in total viewers with 15 million.

The rest of CBS’ lineup due to the overrun is considered approximate and is likely to change once final data is released later tomorrow.

ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” (5.6/12) declined 10% from its most recent original episode two weeks ago, while “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (2.3/6), “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (3.6/8) and “Brothers and Sisters” (3.5/8) were average. ABC placed third with a 3.7/9.

Fox’s animation block took a dip from its last original airing two weeks ago. “Family Guy” led the declines, dropping 24% to a 3.2/7 from last week. “The Simpsons” (3.5/8, down 10%), “King of the Hill” (2.8/6, down 15%) and “American Dad” (2.5/5, down 22%) also took hits from their last original episodes.

A “Jericho” (0.4/1) repeat and the movie “The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course” (0.4/1) on The CW (0.4/1) boosted the night 100% over last week’s final airing of MRC-produced material on Sundays.

As of this time, there are zero Facebook groups focused on “Easy Money” or “In Harm’s Way.” But listen up, you fat cats at The CW, a “Valentine” group is currently thriving … with 19 people … and is letting its voice be heard.

Of the show’s cancellation, the group’s bio says: “The show is on CW Sundays at 8:00 p.m. … well … not anymore =[.”

Frowny face, indeed.

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