Update: Sunday Night Ratings: NFL rules the night, Jericho revival remains unlikely

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December 1st, 2008

Scoreboard CBS NBC ABC FOX Uni CW
Total Viewers (million) 14.95 11.76 11.50 5.62 3.15 1.26
Rating/Share: Adults 18-49 4.1/10 4.3/10 3.7/9 2.4/6 1.1/3 0.4/1
Rating/Share: Adults 18-34 2.9/7 3.9/10 3.0/8 2.8/7 1.1/3 0.5/1

Updated with show data table below.

With over forty minutes of NFL overrun, CBS easily took the night in terms of viewers, and football ruled the 18-49 and 18-34 demos too, but that was for NBC's Sunday Night Football matchup(Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings).

There will be some delays with posting a show data table (sorry) but due to the overrun, the CBS show data is completely horked anyway.

The 7:00p-7:30pm portion of the overrun averaged 24.35 million viewers for CBS. The 7:30p to 8pm portion averaged (~11 minutes of football and 19 minutes of 60 Minutes) averaged 19.38 million. In the 8p-8:30p half hour, which was all 60 Minutes, it averaged 17.90 million viewers.

Desperate Housewives was the most viewed scripted show of the evening, averaging 15.63 million viewers and a 5.6/12 (rating/share) among 18-49 year olds.

Fox had a bit of an off night. Without any NFL overrun, and with Family Guy being a repeat, the best Fox could muster was a fourth place finish in both viewers and all of the demos. Though an original episode of The Simpsons did win the 18-34 demo from 8p-8:30 (3.9/10).

Unsurprisingly, a rerun of Jericho and a movie on the CW did much better than the cancelled MRC Sunday night programming block and the Nielsen ratings were pretty much where you'd figure them to be. Jericho averaged 1.25 million viewers and an 0.4/1 among 18-49 year olds. That's NOT going to have anyone (at least anyone in their right mind) thinking, "this is a series that needs to be brought back!", but it was 530,000 more viewers than a repeat of In Harms Way netted last week, and the Jericho rerun did slightly better among adults 18-49 (0.4/1 vs 0.3/1). A repeat of the movie The Crocodile Hunter performed almost identically to the Jericho numbers between 8p-10p.

Full details:

Keep in mind that CBS had a long NFL overrun. The 8p-9pm slot where Amazing Race runs has 19 minutes of 60 Minutes and 41minutes of Amazing Race, etc..the shows will reflect accurate data in the final numbers (including the "live sports" component), these preliminary results will definitely change...

Time Net Show Viewers (Millons) 18-49 Rating/Share 18-34 Rating/Share
7:00 CBS NFL Football Overun 24.35 7.4/19 5.7/17
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 8.93 2.3/6 1.8/5
NBC Football Night in America 6.25 2.2/6 1.7/5
FOX King of the Hill (R) 3.23 1.2/3 1.1/3
CW Jericho (R) 1.25 0.4/1 0.3/1
7:30 CBS NFL Overrun/60 Minutes 19.38 5.2/13 3.6/10
FOX King of the Hill (R) 3.76 1.5/4 1.5/4
8:00 CBS 60 Minutes/Amazing Race 15.60 4.2/9 2.8/7
NBC Football Night in America/Sun Night Football 12.37 4.5/10 4.0/10
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 11.24 3.6/8 2.8/7
FOX The Simpsons 8.00 3.5/8 4.2/11
CW Movie: The Crocodile Hunter (R) 1.20 0.4/1 0.3/1
8:30 FOX King of the Hill 6.29 2.8/6 3.1/8
9:00 ABC Desperate Housewives 15.63 5.6/12 4.7/11
NBC Sunday Night Football 15.43 5.8/12 5.4/13
CBS Amazing Race/Cold Case 11.64 3.2/7 2.3/5
FOX Family Guy (R) 6.94 3.2/7 4.0/9
CW Movie: The Crocodile Hunter (R) 1.31 0.4/1 0.3/1
9:30 FOX American Dad 5.55 2.5/5 3.2/8
10:00 NBC Sunday Night Football 12.99 5.0/12 4.9/12
CBS Cold Case/The Unit 10.69 2.9/7 1.8/4
ABC Brothers & Sisters 10.19 3.5/8 2.9/7

Shows are sorted by viewers in each time slot.

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