TV Ratings: Ravens soar, NBC rules Sunday
NBC dominates Sunday, while CBS' 'A Dog Named Christmas' attracts an older audience
An overtime win for the Baltimore Ravens over the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers helped carry NBC to a relatively easy Sunday night ratings victory.
Meanwhile, the night's most notable (or different) piece or original programming, CBS' telefilm "A Dog Named Christmas," drew a respectable, but old audience, as the network's end-of-Sunday hours continued to be a demographic drag.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 5.4 rating, beating the 4.2 rating for FOX in the key demographic. ABC's 3.1 rating was good for third, while CBS spent the night in fourth place with a 2.6 rating.
Overall, NBC averaged nearly 14 million viewers in primetime to go with an 8.4 rating/13 share. Although it trailed overall, CBS finished second overall with a 7.8/12. ABC's 6.2/10 and the 5.5/8 for FOX trailed.
CBS began the night in first with a 9.0/14 for "60 Minutes." FOX was second with a 7.7/12 for NFL overrun, which also won the hour in the 18-49 demo with a 4.9 rating. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was third overall with a 4.8/8, nipping NBC's "Football Night in America."
The start of the Ravens-Steelers game gave NBC a 9.5/14 in the 8 p.m. hour to go with a 5.9 rating in the 18-49 demo. CBS' "The Amazing Race" had a 6.8/10 for second. ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" finished third, beating the 4.6/7 for FOX's "The Simpsons" and "The Cleveland Show," which also had a 3.8 rating to finish second in the demo.
In the 9 p.m. hour, NBC's football improved to a 9.9/15. ABC's "Desperate Housewives" finished second with a 7.9/12. CBS' "A Dog Named Christmas" was a close third with a 7.5/11, but the telefilm's 2.0 rating in the demo was fourth for the hour. FOX was fourth overall with "Family Guy" and "American Dad."
NBC closed primetime in first with a 9.8/16 for the football game. CBS' movie was second overall with a 7.9/13, but last in the demo. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" had a 5.9/10 for 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, particularly in the case of live events.