Football Beats Baseball–And Everything Else–in Sunday Ratings

Nov 1, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The NFL continued its Nielsen ratings dominance on Sunday with both the Fox overrun and NBC’s prime-time football game featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the New Orleans Saints, TVbytheNumbers.com reports.

At 7 p.m. Fox’s overrun of the Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots delivered an 8.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic, then at 7:30, "The OT" scored a 6.6 in the same demo. NBC’s pre-game first hour of "Football Night in America" had a 2.0, topping CBS’s "60 Minutes," which had a 1.6 rating, and ABC’s "America’s Funniest Home Videos" with a 1.4 rating.

At 8 p.m. the kickoff of the game on NBC resulted in a 5.5 rating in the 18-49 demo for the hour, beating Fox’s coverage of Game 4 of the World Series, which had a 4.6 in the same demo. CBS’s "The Amazing Race" had a 2.5 rating and ABC’s "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" drew a 1.8, both in the 18-49 demographic.

The 9 p.m. hour was led by the NFL broadcast on NBC with a 7.0 rating in the 18-49 demo, nearly double the World Series number, 3.6 in the same demo. ABC’s "Desperate Housewives" stayed ahead of CBS’s "Undercover Boss," 3.5 to 2.9 in the 18-49 demographic.

The Steelers-Saints broadcast remained on top in the 10 p.m. hour with a 6.3 rating in the 18-49 demo, while the World Series game between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants on Fox collected a 3.1 in the same demographic. CBS’s "CSI: Miami" earned a 2.6 rating for the hour, ahead of ABC’s "Brothers & Sisters" with a 2.3, both in the 18-49 demo.

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