Thanks to an overtime thriller between Denver and New England, CBS got an early evening ratings boost, while NBC carried the later evening thanks to a dud of a game between Indianapolis and Tennessee.
Among adults 18-49, NBC came out on top with a 4.5 rating, beating CBS' 3.6 rating in the key demographic. ABC's 3.2 rating and the 3.0 rating for FOX were close behind. [Note: We'll no longer be including CW ratings on Sunday because The CW is no longer programming Sundays. That makes sense, right?]
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 12.55 million viewers to go with a 7.6 rating/12 share. NBC was a close second, with ABC's 6.1/10 also in the hunt. FOX's 3.7/6 was fourth.
CBS started the night in first with more than 35 minutes of NFL overrun and the start of "60 Minutes" delivering a 12.4/21 and a 6.6 demo rating. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was second, well back, with a 4.8/8. NBC's "Football Night in America" was third with a 4.0/7, beating repeats of "The Cleveland Show" and "American Dad" on FOX.
In the 8 p.m. hour, CBS stayed in first with the end of "60 Minutes" and the start of "The Amazing Race," which averaged an 8.0/13 between them. The start of NBC's game between the Colts and Titans had a 7.8/12 and won the 18-49 demo with a 4.9 rating. ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was a solid third overall, but fourth in the demo. FOX's "The Simpsons" and "The Cleveland Show" were fourth overall with a 4.4/7, but second behind NBC in the key demo.
NBC's NFL coverage took over first at 9 p.m. with a 9.5/14 and a 5.9 rating in the demo. ABC's "Desperate Housewives" was second with an 8.0/12. CBS' "The Amazing Race" and "Three Rivers" averaged a 5.4/8, with a notable plunge in the end of the hour when the freshman medical drama took over. FOX's "Family Guy" and "American Dad" was fourth overall, but a strong third in the demo.
Although the game was a rout, NBC remained in first at 10 p.m. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" was second with a 5.9/10. That left CBS in third with a 4.7/8 for the end of "Three Rivers" and the start of "Cold Case."