TV Ratings: FOX dominates Sunday with baseball and football
Packers-Vikings and Yankees-Phillies draw more 18-49 viewers than the other three nets combined
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.