Sunday night’s broadcast ratings were no contest, as one network topped all of its big four rivals combined, in both the key 18-49 demo and total viewers, based on Nielsen overnights.
TVbytheNumbers.com reports that NBC, which carried the "Sunday Night Football" clash between the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, piled up numbers that beat CBS, ABC and Fox combined. None of the other three networks had a particularly strong night, while NBC saw its game coverage deliver a 9.5 average in the demo and a whopping 25.87 million total viewers. The 18-49 average was up from a 7.3 for the game a week ago.
NBC averaged a 7.8 rating in viewers 18-49 for prime time overall, easily outdistancing CBS (2.7 average), ABC (1.4) and Fox (1.1), with Univision in fifth place (1.0). In total viewers, NBC’s 21.5 million average outpaced CBS (12.3 million), ABC (5.6 million), Univision (2.9 million) and Fox (2.7 million).
The numbers may be subject to more than the usual adjustments, the piece notes, due to the nature of live programming. Besides the live sports programming on NBC, CBS’s lineup was delayed by 30 minutes in much of the country due to football overrun.
In non-sports programming, CBS’s "60 Minutes," which led out from football, delivered the best number among the big four networks, a 3.2 average rating in 18-49, up from a 1.5 a week ago. "The Amazing Race" equaled last week’s 1.9, "The Good Wife" ticked up two-tenths from a series low last week to a 1.4, and "The Mentalist" fell one-tenth to a new series low, a 1.2.
ABC was paced by "Once Upon a Time," which fell four-tenths from last week to a 2.0 in adults 18-49, equaling its series low. "Revenge" slipped one-tenth to a 1.5 and "Betrayal" gained one-tenth to a 0.9.
Fox aired repeats of its Animation Domination lineup, with two episodes of "The Simpsons" each recording a 1.3 in the 18-49 demo.