TV Ratings: 'Meteor' doesn't crash, but CBS, FOX split Sunday
Make fun of NBC's "Meteor" all you like, but the dangerous projectile mini did far better than ABC's "Impact," not that it gave NBC much of a Sunday night assist.
Among adults 18-49, FOX won the night with a 1.5 rating, topping the 1.3 rating for CBS. ABC and NBC's 0.9 rating was third in the key demographic. The CW trailed with a 0.3 rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated and unimpressive 6.56 million viewers to go with a 4.3 rating/8 share. NBC was a distant second with a 2.6/5, followed by ABC's 2.3/4. FOX's 1.8/3 was enough for fourth, beating the 0.6/1 for The CW.
CBS' "60 Minutes" won the 7 p.m. hour with a 5.3/11 and also stood as the night's most watched show with 7.89 million viewers. ABC was a distant second with a 2.8/6 for "America's Funniest Home Videos. NBC's reairing of the "Great American Road Trip" premiere was third with a 1.7/4, better than FOX's "'Til Death" and "American Dad." The CW's all-new episode of "Valentine" had a 0.4/1 and finished fifth.
"Big Brother 11" had a 4.2/8 for its Sunday night CBS premiere, also winning the hour for CBS in the 18-49 demo. Second place went to ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." NBC's new "Merlin" was third with a 2.3/4, topping the 1.9/4 for FOX's "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill." The CW's Random Sunday Movie, "Hoosiers" was fifth.
"Cold Case" kept CBS in first at 9 p.m. with a 3.7/6. The first hour of "Meteor" had a 2.9/5 for NBC. FOX's "Family Guy" and "American Dad" won the hour in the 18-49 demo, but finished third overall with a 2.5/4. ABC's "Desperate Housewives" was fourth, topping the 0.7/1 for "Hoosiers" on The CW.
CBS stayed in first at 10 p.m. with a 4.0/7 for "Without a Trace." In its second hour, "Meteor" actually improved to a 3.5/6 and won the hour in the 18-49 demo. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" was well back in third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.