The night's two big premieres had disappointing debuts, albeit with small caveats. NBC's All-Stars installment of "The Celebrity Apprentice
" was down by nearly 40 percent over last year's premiere, but at least won its second hour among young viewers. Meanwhile, ABC's "Red Widow
" tied with last month's "Zero Hour" premiere for ABC's lowest in-season launch, but viewership remained stable over its two hours, avoiding a major audience exodus.
For the night, FOX and CBS both averaged a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49, though CBS had the slim advantage for the three hours the networks went head-to-head in the key demographic. ABC was third with a 1.6 key demo rating, while NBC trailed with a 1.3 key demo rating for Sunday night.
Overall, though, CBS won Sunday comfortably with 9.77 million viewers and a 6.2 rating/10 share. ABC was second with a 4.3/7 and 6.9 million viewers, well ahead of the 3.2/5 and 4.92 million viewers for NBC. FOX averaged a 2.1/3 and 3.78 million viewers in fourth.
[Univision averaged 2.23 million viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 for Sunday night.]
7 p.m. - CBS started primetime in first with 11.945 million viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 for "60 Minutes." ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was second with 6.53 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating. NBC's repeat of "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" averaged 3.44 million viewers for third and a 0.8 key demo rating for fourth. FOX's "The Simpsons" repeat (3.11 million and a 1.3 key demo) and a new "The Cleveland Show" (3.27 million and a 1.5 key demo) finished fourth overall and third in the key demo.
8 p.m. -
"The Amazing Race" won the 8 p.m. hour for CBS with 9.12 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Once Upon a Time
" hit a series low with a 2.1 key demo rating and finished second with 7.22 million viewers. NBC's "Dateline" was third with 6.09 million viewers and fourth with a 1.3 key demo rating. FOX was fourth overall and tied for second in the key demo with "The Simpsons" (4.76 million viewers and a 2.3 key demo, topping "Once Upon a Time") and "The Cleveland Show" (3.8 million and a 1.9 key demo).
9 p.m. -
"The Good Wife
" was up from its last new episode with 8.94 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Red Widow" was second overall with 7.06 million viewers and fourth with a 1.5 key demo rating. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" averaged 5.02 million viewers and a 1.6 key demo rating in its first hour. FOX won the hour in the key demo and finished fourth overall with a repeat of "Family Guy" (4.11 million and a 1.9 key demo) and a new "Bob's Burgers
" (3.64 million and a 1.7 key demo rating).
10 p.m. - "The Mentalist" won the 10 p.m. hour with nearly 9.1 million viewers, but finished second with a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49. "Red Widow" slipped just a hair to 6.78 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating in its second hour. NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" averaged 5.145 million viewers and an hour-winning 1.7 key demo rating.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
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