Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 20, 2011.
A divisional rivalry game between the Giants and the Eagles gave NBC its lowest Sunday Night Football ratings in a month, but still dominated the evening in all key measures. ABC, meanwhile, drew a solid audience of young viewers for the American Music Awards.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 5.5 rating for the night, tops in the key demographic. ABC was second with a 3.5 rating, followed by the 2.8 rating for CBS. FOX trailed for the night with a 2.2 rating.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 14.8 million viewers in primetime along with a 9.2 rating/14 share. CBS was second with a 7.4/11 and 11.88 million viewers, beating the 5.8/9 and 10.14 million viewers for ABC. FOX was a distant fourth with a 2.7/4 and 4.56 million viewers.
7 p.m. - CBS started primetime in first with the 16.75 million viewers and 4.2 rating among adults 18-49 for "60 Minutes," plus nearly a half-hour of NFL overrun for much of the country. NBC's "Football Night in America" averaged 8.74 million viewers and a 3.0 key demo rating for second. ABC's American Music Awards pre-show was well back in third with 4.46 million viewers. On FOX, a "Cleveland Show" repeat (3.01 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo) and a new episode of "The Cleveland Show" (3.82 million and a 1.8 key demo) were fourth overall and third in the key demo.
8 p.m. - NBC zipped into first for the 8 p.m. hour with the Eagles-Giants game, which averaged 15.96 million viewers and a 5.7 rating among adults 18-49. CBS was second overall with "The Amazing Race" (and a chunk of "60 Minutes") averaging 11.66 million viewers and a 2.9 key demo rating. ABC's American Music Awards coverage was a close third overall with 11.3 million viewers and a 3.9 key demo rating for second. FOX was fourth with "The Simpsons" (5.74 million and a 2.7 key demo) and "Allen Gregory" (3.97 million and a 1.9 key demo.
9 p.m. - The Eagles and Giants were up to 18.21 million viewers and a 6.7 rating among adults 18-49 for NBC in the 9 p.m. hour. ABC's AMAs telecast improved to 13.11 million viewers and a 4.6 key demo rating in its second hour. CBS' "The Good Wife" (and some "Amazing Race") averaged 9.59 million viewers for second and a 2.1 key demo rating for third. FOX was fourth overall and third in the key demo with "Family Guy" (6.04 million and a 3.1 key demo rating) and "American Dad" (4.79 million viewers and a 2.4 key demo).
10 p.m. - The football game closed primetime in first with 16.3 million viewers and a 6.4 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's American Music Awards telecast was second with 11.71 million viewers and a 4.4 key demo rating. That left CBS in third with "CSI: Miami" (and some "Good Wife"), which averaged 9.53 million viewers and a 1.8 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.
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.