Due to the nature of live sports programming the ratings for NBC (Sunday Night Football) and CBS & Fox (football overruns) are approximate and subject to significant revisions in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.
NBC’s Sunday Night Football topped the night, but Fox’s The Cleveland Show opened large, and its whole animation block was strong. The Desperate Housewives premiere finished down 37% in the demo from last seaon’s premiere, indicating trouble on Wisteria Lane.
NBC’s Sunday Night Football Game 3: Colts vs. Cardinals delivered a (5.6/14) from 830-11p, down from the record from last week’s Cowboys/Giants game which did an (8.7/22) in the fast nationals.
Fox has to be pleased with the series premiere of The Cleveland Show. It is the highest rated new scripted series opener so far this season among Adults 18-49, posting a 4.9/12 among Adults 18-49. It outperformed last year’s season premiere of King Of The Hill by +44% among Adults 18-49.
In the rest of Fox’s animation block, The Simpsons season premiere delivered a 4.2/12 among Adults 18-49, down from last year’s premiere (4.5/12). The season premiere of Family Guy hit a 5.2/12 among Adults 18-49 and outperformed last year’s premiere by +16% among Adults 18-49. The season opener of American Dad at 9:30p posted a 3.6/9 among Adults 18-49 and outperformed last year’s premiere by +13% among Adults 18-49.
ABC, so cheered by Wednesday and Thursday’s results, was brought back to earth on Sunday with all its shows hitting their lowest premiere ratings ever. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at 7p (2.1/6) and 8p (3.1/8) fell 5% and 16% from its premiere hours last fall (2.2/7, 3.7/10). Desperate Housewives (4.5/11) crashed down 37% from last fall’s premiere (7.1/16). Brothers & Sisters (3.0/8) was down 35% from its 2008 premiere (4.6/11).
Because of a football overrun until 7:16pm Eastern, CBS results in the table below are a jumble. At 7:30p, the season’s premiere of 60 Minutes posted a 3.1/9. From 8-10p, the end of 60 Minutes and the Amazing Race 15 premiere combined to deliver a 3.4/8, which is on par with last fall’s debut (3.2/8 on 9/28/08) and up from spring’s (2.6/7 for Amazing Race 14 on 2/15/09). The last 16 minutes of Amazing Race combined with the Cold Case opener for a 2.2/6, -19% below the 2008/09 Cold Case premiere (2.7/6 on 9/28/08).
Note that The CW no longer programs Sunday night on a national network basis. All programming is the responsibility of the local affiliates.
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating||18-49 Share||Viewers Live+SD (million)|
|7:00||CBS||Football Overrun/60 Minutes||5.2||16||17.50|
|NBC||Football Night In America||2.8||9||7.71|
|FOX||Football Overrun/Brothers (repeat)||2.5||8||6.26|
|ABC||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (premiere)||1.9||6||6.74|
|7:30||NBC||Football Night In America||3.9||12||9.55|
|ABC||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (premiere)||2.3||7||7.85|
|8:00||NBC||Football Night In America||4.6||13||11.96|
|FOX||The Simpsons (premiere)||4.2||12||8.21|
|CBS||60 Minutes / The Amazing Race (premiere)||3.4||9||12.97|
|ABC||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (premiere)||2.3||7||9.87|
|8:30||NBC||Sunday Night Football: Colts v. Cardinals||5.5||14||14.67|
|FOX||The Cleveland Show (series premiere)||4.9||12||9.42|
|ABC||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (premiere)||3.3||8||11.09|
|CBS||The Amazing Race (premiere)||3.3||8||10.35|
|9:00||NBC||Sunday Night Football: Colts v. Cardinals||5.6||13||15.24|
|FOX||Family Guy (premiere)||5.2||12||10.17|
|ABC||Desperate Housewives (premiere)||4.6||11||13.35|
|CBS||The Amazing Race (premiere)||3.3||8||9.98|
|9:30||NBC||Sunday Night Football: Colts v. Cardinals||5.9||14||15.68|
|ABC||Desperate Housewives (premiere)||4.5||11||13.13|
|FOX||American Dad (premiere)||3.6||9||7.12|
|CBS||The Amazing Race (premiere)||3.3||8||9.89|
|10:00||NBC||Sunday Night Football: Colts v. Cardinals||5.5||14||13.90|
|ABC||Brothers & Sisters (premiere)||3.1||8||9.66|
|CBS||Amazing Race / Cold Case (premiere)||2.6||7||9.71|
|10:30||NBC||Sunday Night Football: Colts v. Cardinals||5.5||15||13.38|
|ABC||Brothers & Sisters (premiere)||2.9||8||9.00|
|CBS||Cold Case (premiere)||1.9||5||8.38|
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