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Football Dominates Sunday Night Ratings

Oct 11, 2010  •  Post A Comment

It’s almost a sure thing during the NFL season that NBC’s "Football Night in America" will be the top-rated program Sunday night in the Nielsen ratings, and that was the case again this week, reports TVbytheNumbers.com.

At 7 p.m. CBS’s NFL broadcast overrun, which pushed the network’s programming behind by nearly an hour, resulted in a 7.2 average rating in the 18-49 demographic for the hour. NBC’s pregame show for "Football Night in America" had a mean score of 2.1 in the 18-49 demo for the hour, ahead of ABC’s "America’s Funniest Home Videos" with a 1.5 average rating in the 18-49 demo for the hour.

At 8 p.m. NBC’s pregame and kickoff combined for a 5.45 rating in the 18-49 demographic for the hour, while CBS’s "60 Minutes" averaged a 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demo. Fox’s "The Simpsons" and "The Cleveland Show" logged a 3.0 rating and a 2.6 in the 18-48 demographic, respectively, for the top and bottom halves of the hour and ABC’s "Extreme Makeover" averaged a 2.3 in the same demo for the hour.

In the 9 p.m. hour, NBC’s NFL coverage collected a 5.8 average in the 18-49 demographic. ABC’s "Desperate Housewives" earned a 3.85 average in the 18-49 demo for the hour, tied with CBS’s "The Amazing Race." Fox’s "Family Guy" and "American Dad" netted a 3.4 rating and a 2.5, respectively, in the 18-49 demographic for the hour.

At 10 p.m. football on NBC wrapped with a 5.4 in the 18-49 demographic for the hour, while CBS’s "Undercover Boss" averaged a 3.5 in the 18-49 demo over the hour and ABC’s "Brothers & Sisters" averaged a 2.8 in that demo for the hour.

Because of the NFL overrun, CBS’s broadcast of "CSI: Miami" did not air until nearly 11:00 p.m. ET and no Nielsen figures were released about how the show fared.

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