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CBS Drama Slips in Ratings, Equals All-Time Low; ABC Show Sinks Even Lower TVbytheNumbers

A CBS drama series that has traditionally been in the top 20 among broadcast shows is showing signs of weakness in its fourth season. “The Good Wife” slipped to a 1.7 average rating in the key 18-49 demo Sunday night, according to Nielsen overnights, equaling its all-time low, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.

Meanwhile, ABC’s “666 Park Avenue” appears to be in trouble, delivering its lowest number to date: a 1.4 average in 18-49, down two-tenths from the previous week.

The piece notes that significant adjustments are expected to the numbers for the night due to live football broadcasts and overruns on NBC, CBS and Fox.

NBC took its usual easy Sunday night win on the strength of its “Sunday Night Football” telecast.

NBC finished the night with a 6.1 average rating for prime time in viewers 18-49, topping CBS (3.3 average), ABC (2.3) and Fox (2.0). Total viewers saw a closer battle, but NBC prevailed with 15.9 million to 13.7 million for CBS, 7.2 million for ABC and 4.4 million for Fox.

Other than NFL overrun at 7 p.m. (8.5 average rating for the half-hour in viewers 18-49), CBS’s top show of the night was “60 Minutes” with a 3.8 average. With football overrun affecting all shows’ start times, “The Amazing Race” delivered a 2.5 and “The Mentalist” rose one-tenth from last week to a 1.9.

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” averaged a 7.3 in the 18-49 demo for prime time.

ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” was up one-tenth from a week ago to a 3.5 average in 18-49. “Revenge” slipped one-tenth to a 2.6.

On Fox, “The Simpsons” led the way with a 2.6 in viewers 18-49, while “Family Guy” delivered a 2.5, “American Dad” pulled a 1.9, “Bob’s Burgers” earned a 1.8 and “The Cleveland Show” had a 1.9.