Sunday Ratings: As Football Soars, ‘Pan Am’ Continues Its Plunge

Oct 10, 2011  •  Post A Comment

“Sunday Night Football” ruled the airwaves as usual, giving NBC a comfortable win for Sunday night. Meanwhile, for ABC’s new drama “Pan Am,” the term “crash and burn” might be a little strong — but only a little.

TVbytheNumbers.com reported that “Pan Am” fell 27% from a week earlier in the 18-49 demo, managing only a 1.9 average rating. NBC’s football broadcast, on the other hand, was up a little with a 7.9 average, which will be adjusted due to the nature of live broadcasts.

For the night as a whole, NBC won big with a 6.5 average in adults 18-49, beating CBS (3.2 average), ABC (2.0), Univision (1.1) and Fox (1.0). Total viewers saw NBC well in front with 16.2 million, topping CBS (12.1 million), ABC (7.2 million), Univision (2.9 million) and Fox (2.7 million).

At 7 p.m. CBS’s late game coverage of the NFL delivered a 6.9 in adults 18-49 and the beginning of "60 Minutes" scored a 3.6, while NBC’s pre-game "Football Night in America" had half-hours of 2.3 and 4.0. ABC’s "America’s Funniest Home Videos" collected a 1.4 in the same demo for the hour.

At 8 p.m. "Football Night in America" had a 6.0, followed by the kickoff of the game, which went on to a 7.9 for NBC in the 18-49 demo. ABC’s "Extreme Makeover" registered a 2.0 in the same demographic for the hour. Fox’s planned broadcast of the American League Championship Series baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers was postponed because of rain, and the network filled the time with reruns of "The X Factor."

ABC’s "Desperate Housewives" had a 2.7 in the 18-49 demo at 9 p.m., while CBS’s "Amazing Race" and "The Good Wife" logged a 2.7 and a 2.2, respectively.

CBS’s "CSI: Miami" had a 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic when it aired at 10:30, while ABC’s "Pan Am" netted only that 1.9 in the 18-49 demographic for the 10 p.m. hour.

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