TV Ratings: NBC wins Sunday with Saints-Lions, as 'Once Upon a Time' slips
NFL also boosts FOX to second in all measures
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NBC's Sunday Night Football meeting between the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints easily controlled Sunday's ratings in all key measures. The network's only competition came from FOX, which got a huge NFL overrun boost in the 7 p.m. hour.
In other ratings highlights, ABC's Once Upon a Time" has begun a slow drop after relative stability through its first few airings, while "Twilight" co-star Ashley Greene did nothing to boost the ratings fortunes for "Pan Am." Also, if you were looking for a clear, football-free peek at CBS' Sunday ratings, last night was largely absent of overrun.
On to the numbers...
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 5.2 rating for the night, barely eking out a victory over FOX's 5.1 rating in the key demographic. There was a big drop to ABC's 2.2 rating and CBS' 2.1 rating in the key demo.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 13.72 million viewers in primetime to go with an 8.4 rating/13 share. FOX's 7.4/11 and 12.635 million viewers finished second. CBS was third with 10.43 million viewers and a 6.6/10, beating the 4.3/7 and 7.08 million viewers for ABC.
7 p.m. - FOX started the night in first with a whopping 24.55 million viewers and a 9.0 rating among adults 18-49 for NBC overrun and postgame. CBS was a distant second overall with 11.94 million viewers for "60 Minutes," which finished third with a 1.8 key demo rating. NBC's "Football Night in America" was third overall with 6.35 million viewers and second with a 2.2 key demo rating. ABC was fourth with the 5.955 million viewers and 1.4 key demo for "America's Funniest Home Videos."
8 p.m. - NBC moved into first for the 8 p.m. hour with 16.31 million viewers and a 5.9 rating among adults 18-49 for the end of pregame and the start of the Lions/Saints showdown. CBS' "The Amazing Race" finished second with 9.64 million viewers and third with a 2.7 key demo rating. That edged out the 9.61 million overall viewers for ABC's "Once Upon a Time," though ABC finished second with a 3.1 key demo rating (off from 10.65 million and a 3.4 key demo last week). FOX was fourth with NFL-boosted "The Simpsons" (9.01 million and a 4.0 key demo) and "Allen Gregory" (5.22 million and a 2.4 key demo).
9 p.m. - Sunday Night Football coverage improved to 17.01 million viewers and a 6.5 rating among adults 18-49 for NBC in the 9 p.m. hour. CBS' "The Good Wife" was second overall with 9.79 million viewers and fourth with a 1.9 key demo rating. ABC was third with a low 8.09 million viewers and 2.6 key demo rating for "Desperate Housewives." FOX's "Family Guy" (7.05 million viewers and a 3.5 key demo) and "The Cleveland Show" (5.43 million viewers and a 2.5 key demo rating) finished fourth overall, but second in the key demo.
10 p.m. - NBC closed primetime with 15.2 million viewers and a 6.3 rating among adults 18-49 for its NFL game. CBS was second with 10.37 million viewers and a 2.2 key demo rating. ABC's "Pan Am" trailed with 4.67 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating.
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.