TV Ratings Sunday: Of Course Football Wins; Fox Animation Bounces Back; ABC Slumps

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Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (Sunday Night Football) and Fox (NFL overrun) are approximate and subject to significant revisions in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

Of course Sunday Night Football brought NBC the overall ratings win, while Fox’s animation line up bounced back from last week’s pummeling against the American Music Awards, and  most of ABC’s line up fell, maybe with a post-awards hangover.

Fox’s entire line up bounced back from last week’s fall, The Simpsons was up 27% to a 4.2 adults 18-49 rating, The Cleveland Show was up 6% to a 3.5 rating, Family Guy was up 13% to a 4.4 rating, and American Dad was up 18% to a 3.3 rating.

Most of ABC’s line up went the other direction. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was down 19% (vs. 11/15) to a 3.0 rating, tieing its lowest rating of the season. Desperate Housewives was down 14% (vs. 11/15) to a 4.3 rating, its lowest of the season. Brothers & Sisters was down 6% (vs. 11/15) to a 3.0 rating. America’s Funniest Home Videos bucked the trend rising to a 2.1 rating vs. a 1.8 rating last week (which was a 30 minute show)

On CBS, Amazing Race was down 8% to a 3.4 rating, while the movie A Dog Named Christmas scored a 2.1 rating, better that the usual dogs in that timeslot named Cold Case and Three Rivers.

Update: Following Football Night In America at 7p (2.2/6), 730p (3.1/8) and 8p (4.9/12), NBC’s Sunday Night Football Game 12: Steelers vs. Ravens delivered a 6.6/16 from 830-11p, up from last week’s Game 11 (Eagles vs. Bears) which posted a 5.6/14 in the Fast Nationals before rising to a 6.6/17 from 8:31-11:27p in the Finals.

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
7:00 FOX NFL Football 6.2 17 16.708
CBS 60 Minutes 2.3 6 12.772
NBC Football Night In America 2.2 6 6.457
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos 1.8 5 7.493
7:30 FOX The OT 3.6 10 9.020
NBC Football Night In America 3.1 8 8.194
CBS 60 Minutes 2.9 8 15.753
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos 2.4 6 9.155
8:00 NBC Football Night In America 4.9 12 13.669
FOX The Simpsons 4.2 10 8.991
CBS The Amazing Race 3.4 8 11.981
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2.8 7 9.794
8:30 NBC Sunday Night Football: Pittsburg v. Baltimore 6.9 16 18.565
FOX The Cleveland Show 3.5 8 7.195
CBS The Amazing Race 3.4 8 11.341
ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 3.2 7 10.865
9:00 NBC Sunday Night Football: Pittsburg v. Baltimore 6.6 15 17.108
FOX Family Guy 4.4 10 8.482
ABC Desperate Housewives 4.3 10 12.671
CBS A Dog Named Christmas (special) 2.0 5 11.672
9:30 NBC Sunday Night Football: Pittsburg v. Baltimore 6.4 14 16.109
ABC Desperate Housewives 4.4 10 12.625
FOX American Dad 3.3 8 6.391
CBS A Dog Named Christmas (special) 2.0 5 12.178
10:00 NBC Sunday Night Football: Pittsburg v. Baltimore 6.7 16 16.110
ABC Brothers & Sisters 3.2 8 9.223
CBS A Dog Named Christmas (special) 2.2 5 12.566
10:30 NBC Sunday Night Football: Pittsburg v. Baltimore 6.6 17 15.784
ABC Brothers & Sisters 2.8 7 8.457
CBS A Dog Named Christmas (special) 2.2 6 12.640

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