Sunday Ratings: NBC Has a Big Night With Football

Oct 3, 2011  •  Post A Comment

With CBS’s football overrun offsetting its schedule for the night and NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” awaiting adjustments to the live broadcast numbers, the ratings picture from Sunday night remains a bit cloudy, TVbytheNumbers.com reports. But this much is clear: NBC will win the night with its football programming.

NBC has a 5.9 average rating for the night in the 18-49 demo, pending adjustments, followed by CBS (3.1 average), Fox (2.7) and ABC (2.3). In total viewers it’s NBC still ahead with 14.6 million, but by a narrower margin over CBS with 12.9 million. Trailing are ABC with 7.6 million and Fox with 5.8 million.

At 7 p.m. the combination of the late NFL game overrun and "60 Minutes" gave CBS the top rating for the hour, a 4.5 in the 18-49 demographic. NBC’s "Football Night In America" had a 3.0 in the same demo, while Fox’s regional NFL game overrun combined with “The Cleveland Show” for a 2.4 and ABC’s "America’s Funniest Home Videos" had a 1.5.

At 8 p.m. "Football Night in America" and the kickoff of the New York Jets vs. the Baltimore Ravens on NBC delivered a 6.2 average in the 18-49 demographic for the hour. CBS’s "60 Minutes" and the start of "The Amazing Race" had a 3.3 in the same demo, while Fox’s "The Simpsons" and "The Cleveland Show" had a 3.0 and a 2.6, respectively, in the 18-49 demographic. ABC’s "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" pulled in a 2.1 in the 18-49 demo.

The NFL broadcast at 9 p.m. rose to a 7.5 in the 18-49 demographic, while Fox’s "Family Guy" and "American Dad" had a 3.5 and a 2.7, respectively. ABC’s "Desperate Housewives" had a 2.9 and "Amazing Race" combined with the start of "The Good Wife" for a 2.4.

The game finished the night with a 7.0 in the 18-49 demographic for NBC at 10 p.m.. ABC’s "Pan Am" garnered a 2.5, while the combination of the end of "The Good Wife" and "CSI: Miami" had a 2.2 in the 18-49 demographic for CBS.

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