TV Ratings: Sunday Games Favor CBS and FOX
Fast National Ratings for Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008.
Carried by long-running NFL games, FOX was able to grab the Sunday night demo crown, while CBS won the night in total viewers.
FOX won the 18-49 demographic with a 4.6 rating in the key range, though the network's totals were heavily influenced by NFL overrun, rather than normal programming. ABC was second in the key demo with a 3.7 rating, followed by NBC's 3.6 rating. CBS was fourth with a 2.8, still easily beating the 0.5 rating for The CW.
In total viewers, CBS averaged 11.99 million and a 7.6 rating/12 share for the night. FOX was second with a 6.7/10, nipping the 6.6/10 for ABC and the 6.1/9 for NBC. The CW stayed fifth with a 1.0/1.
FOX's football coverage had an 11.5/18 in the 7 p.m. hour. CBS Was second with an 8.9/14 for "60 Minutes." The ABC special "Ty Pennington: Behind the Scenes" had a 3.5/6 for third, beating NBC's NFL pregame. On The CW, "Jericho" had a 0.8/1, better than the previous set of MRC Sunday programming.
NBC's football game between the Ravens and Redskins had a 7.0/11 to with the 8 p.m. hour. CBS was second with a 6.3/10 for the season finale of "The Amazing Race," nipping the total for ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,." FOX's "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" drooped to a 4.8/7, leaving The CW's airing of "The Cutting Edge" in last with a 1.0/2.
ABC grabbed first at 9 p.m. with a 9.9/15 for "Desperate Housewives." NBC's football was second with a 7.7/11, while CBS got a 7.1/10 for the first hour of the telefilm "Front of the Class." FOX's "Family Guy" and "American Dad" and The CW's movie trailed.
CBS' movie improved to an 8.0/13 in its second hour. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" had a 6.9/11 for second, better than NBC's football.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.