Football Dominates Holiday Weekend

Jan 2, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Football programming dominated a holiday weekend beset by low-rated reruns. For Monday and Sunday, networks carrying football led the ratings pack, while Friday and Saturday were marked by repeats and specials.

On Monday night, Fox won the evening with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Boise State vs. Oklahoma. The 4.7 preliminary rating among adults 18 to 49 gave Fox its best Monday night in more than seven months, according to Nielsen Media Research. ABC was in second place, with a Rose Bowl overrun (6.6) boosting its field of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (3.1) and “Supernanny” repeats (2.6 and 2.8). CBS was third with repeats of its usual Monday night comedies (3.3 average), while NBC was fourth with a surprisingly weak “Heroes” marathon (1.9 average).

For Sunday night, NBC took first place with “Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears” (4.1). Fox, aided by a half-hour of NFL overrun (4.7), came in second with its comedy lineup. ABC was third with its usual slate topped by “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2007” special (2.7). CBS was fourth, also having a half-hour of NFL overrun (3.3), then “60 Minutes” (1.6) and its procedural lineup that included a repeat special of “Shark” (1.5).

On Saturday, CBS and NBC tied with a low 1.4 average for the night, with CBS offering its Crimetime Saturday slate and NBC trying out an episode of Bravo’s “Top Chef” (0.9), followed by “Dateline” (1.4) and “Law & Order” (1.9) repeats. ABC came in third with an “Ugly Betty” marathon (1.1). Fox was fourth with “COPS” (2.1 and 2.5) and “America’s Most Wanted” (2.5).

For Friday, ABC led thanks to a new two-hour “20/20” special, “The Year Caught on Tape” (2.7). CBS was second with procedural repeats (2.0 average), followed by Fox with a movie and then NBC.

(Editor: Liff)