Sunday night's NFL showdown between the Patriots and Colts had been touted as the Game of the Year for weeks and that was before the Colts stunned the Patriots with a 4th quarter comeback-for-the-ages. It's not a surprise, then, that NBC's broadcast of the game helped the network rout the Sunday competition.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 6.0 rating. FOX, boosted by a little NFL overrun, had a 4.6 rating for second in the key demographic, topping the 3.5 rating for ABC and CBS' 2.3 rating.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 16.15 million viewers to go with a 10.0 rating/16 share. The other three networks were in a tight bunch, led by ABC's 6.7/11. CBS' 6.5/10 and the 6.4/10 for FOX followed closely.
FOX started the night in first with a 10.2/17 for NFL overrun and follow-up coverage, which also won the hour in the 18-49 demo, with a 6.5 rating. CBS' "60 Minutes
" was second with a 7.8/13. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was third with a 4.8/8, leaving NBC's "Football Night in America" in fourth.
NBC shot into first in the 8 p.m. hour with an 11.4/17 for the start of the Patriots-Colts game. CBS' "The Amazing Race
" was a strong second with a 6.9/10, nipping ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." FOX's "The Simpsons
" and "The Cleveland Show" had a 4.7/7 and finished second in the 18-49 demo.
The football game remained in first in the 9 p.m. hour, rising to a 12.8/19 and a 7.7 rating in the key demographic for NBC. ABC's "Desperate Housewives
" was a respectable second with an 8.7/13. CBS' "Three Rivers
" had a 5.2/8 for third overall. FOX's "Family Guy" and "American Dad" were fourth overall, but finished third in the 18-49 demo.
NBC stayed first at 10 p.m. with an 11.1/19 for the gridiron showdown between New England and Indianapolis. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" was second with a 6.6/11. That left CBS' "Cold Case" in third, though it improved on its lead-in both in viewers and in the 18-49 demo.
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.