TV Ratings: Yankees, FOX clinch Sunday wins
FOX baseball beats NBC football on Sunday, while 'Desperate Housewives' has a solid week
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The New York Yankees completed their six-game series win over the Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim on Sunday night, combining with a healthy dose of NFL overrun to help FOX pull a Sunday night upset over NBC's normally victorious football coverage.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 5.9 rating for the night, beating the 4.2 rating for NBC and ABC's 3.3 rating. CBS' 2.2 rating was fourth in the all-important demographic.
Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 16.88 million viewers to go with a 10.0 rating/16 share. ABC and NBC both posted a 6.7/11, with NBC holding a slim advantage in total viewers. Again, it was a rare Sunday night in last for CBS with a 6.3/10.
FOX began the night in first with a 12.1/20 for NFL overrun and regional coverage. CBS' "60 Minutes," starting uncharacteristically on-time, was second with a 7.9/13. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was third with a 4.9/8, beating NBC's "Football Night in America."
In the 8 p.m. hour, FOX's baseball playoff coverage began with a 9.3/14, also winning the hour with a 5.3 demo rating. NBC's broadcast of the Giants and Cardinals came in second, while ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and CBS' "The Amazing Race" were tied with a 6.4/10.
In the 9 p.m. hour, ABC's "Desperate Housewives" won overall with an 8.8/13. FOX's baseball was second an 8.5/13, but NBC's NFL coverage had more viewers and a higher demo rating than either ABC's soap or FOX's baseball. CBS' "Three Rivers" was fourth with a 5.0/8 and a dismal 1.8 demo rating.
NBC closed the night in first with a 7.7/13 for its football telecast. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" was second with a 6.7/10. CBS' "Cold Case" gained in viewers from its lead-in, but slipped slightly in the 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.