Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 1, 2009.
FOX had a Sunday evening buffet of athletic excellence, as the network began primetime with Minnesota Vikings' QB Brett Favre's return to Green Bay and closed with a tight World Series game between the Yankees and Phillies. As a result, it's no surprise that the network dominated the Sunday competition.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 7.4 rating, beating the combined totals for ABC (3.4 rating), CBS (2.2 rating) and NBC (1.4 rating) in the key demographic.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 21.12 million viewers to go with a 12.5 rating/20 share. ABC was a distant second with a 6.5/10 and an average of 10.44 million viewers. CBS' 6.3/10 was a close third, with NBC's 2.5/4 well behind.
FOX swept its primetime hours starting at 7 p.m. with a 13.9/22 for the conclusion of the Packers and Vikings, NFL postgame and the lead-up to the World Series. CBS' "60 Minutes" was a respectable second with an 8.0/13. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was third with a 4.7/7, while NBC trailed.
The start of the World Series game had a 13.1/20 for FOX in the 8 p.m. hour. ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and CBS' "The Amazing Race" both had a 6.5/10, with ABC holding an advantage in the 18-49 demo and CBS leading in total viewers. ABC's broadcast of the movie "National Treasure" was fourth.
The World Series stayed in first at 9 p.m. with an 11.8/18, beating the 8.7/13 for ABC's "Desperate Housewives." CBS' "Three Rivers" had a 5.0/8 for third overall. NBC's movie was fourth, but managed to beat "Three Rivers" in the 18-49 demographic.
ABC moved into first at 10 p.m. with the 6.2/10 for "Brothers & Sisters." CBS' "Cold Case" was second. While "National Treasure" finished third for NBC with a 2.8/5, its 1.7 demo rating edged out CBS' procedural.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.