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NBC Wins Narrow Sunday Victory

Nov 13, 2006  •  Post A Comment

“Sunday Night Football” gave NBC a squeaker of a victory over usual Sunday night titan ABC, according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research reports.

NBC earned a 5.8 rating among adults 18 to 49, just topping ABC’s 5.7. Though the numbers are preliminary, live sports tend to improve their numbers in the nationals and NBC’s lead should hold.

The Chicago Bears-New York Giants game garnered a 6.9 rating, down 20 percent from last week’s contest, while pre-game show “Football Night in America” got a 4.0.

Despite losing the nightly crown, ABC’s lineup held its own, with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” earning a 5.4, “Desperate Housewives” a 9.0 and “Brothers & Sisters” a 5.2.

Fox finished in third place, but was boosted by a half-hour of NFL overrun into the 7 p.m. hour. Still, “The Simpsons” at 8 p.m. received a 5.2, the highest rating since its premiere, followed by “American Dad” (3.9), “Family Guy” (4.3) and “War at Home” (2.8).

CBS drew the fourth-place short straw, with “Amazing Race” (3.4) and “Cold Case” (3.7) delivering their lowest ratings of the season, followed by “Without a Trace” (4.1).

On Friday, CBS continued to dominate thanks to “Ghost Whisperer” (3.4), “Close to Home” (2.8) and “Numb3rs” (3.0). NBC, which was winning Friday until “Whisperer” returned a couple of weeks ago, finished second.

NBC’s cause was hurt by its freshman game show “1 vs. 100” posting a season low (2.8) in the 8 p.m. hour, while “Las Vegas” (2.8) and “Law & Order” (3.0) tied CBS’s dramas in the same time periods.

ABC had a “Grey’s Anatomy” rerun (1.8), followed by a modestly rated “Men in Trees” (1.9) and “20/20” (2.1).

The CW managed to best Fox for fourth place with “Friday Night Smackdown!” (1.4). Fox’s new episode of “Vanished” (0.9) set a season low, followed by “Trading Spouses” (1.4).