Football Wins Sunday for NBC

Nov 6, 2006  •  Post A Comment

As the November sweeps continues, NBC handily overthrew usual Sunday night titan ABC with “Sunday Night Football,” which posted its strongest performance in two months. The Indianapolis vs. New England game gave NBC a 7.6 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research reports, which led NBC to win the night with a 6.9.

ABC was a distant second despite its dramas garnering six-week highs. “Desperate Housewives” scored a 9.0 and “Brothers & Sisters” a 5.5.

CBS received a boost from an NFL overrun, otherwise “Amazing Race,” at 8:30 p.m. (3.7), “Cold Case” (3.7) and “Without a Trace” (3.8) fared about average.

On Fox, the annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode of “The Simpsons” at 8 p.m. gave the series its best rating (4.9) since its season premiere.

Friday night belonged to CBS’s drama lineup, which posted season-high numbers. At 8 p.m., “Ghost Whisperer” (3.6) matched its best performance to date, followed by “Close to Home” (3.0) and “Numb3rs (3.2).

Over on second-place NBC, the new game show “1 vs. 100” continued to perform, up 10 percent after moving to an 8 p.m. early time period last week (3.2), followed by “Las Vegas” (2.8) and “Law & Order” (3.0), both of which were down slightly.

Third-place ABC had a “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.1) rerun and “20/20” (2.7). Meanwhile, Fox drama “Vanished” nearly disappeared in its new Friday 8 p.m. time slot (1.0), followed by “Trading Spouses” (1.6).