Sunday Night Ratings
Fox: 11.26 million, ABC: 10.77, NBC: 10.39, CBS: 9.92, CW: 830,000
NBC: 4.1 rating/10 share, Fox: 4.0/10, ABC: 3.8/10, CBS: 2.5/ 6, CW: 0.3/ 1
Football Overrun (Fox), The OT (Fox), Desperate Housewives (ABC), Sunday Night Football: New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers (NBC)
-Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats)
In Harm’s Way (CW), Valentine (CW), Easy Money (CW) -- absolutely horrific!
NBC and Fox shared leadership on this sports-driven Sunday, with Fox the most-watched network and NBC No. 1 among adults 18-49. ABC finished second in total viewers and third among adults 18-49 despite airing still dominant Desperate Housewives. CBS was fourth in both categories, followed by almost invisible the CW.
Fox’s half-hour football overrun towered past the competition at 7 p.m., with a mammoth 21.84 million viewers and an 8.2 rating/25 share among adults 18-49. That led into post-game The OT at 19.84 million viewers and a 7.6/22 in the demo at 7:30 p.m. Second in the hour was CBS’ veteran 60 Minutes (Viewers: 10.52 million; A18-49: 2.0/ 6), followed by America’s Funniest Home Videos on ABC (Viewers: 6.39 million; A18-49: 1.9/ 6), parts one and two of pre-game Football Night in American on NBC (Viewers: 4.95 million; A18-49: 1.8/ 5), and week two of In Harm’s Way on the CW (Viewers: 728,000; A18-49: 0.3/ 1). One year earlier, former non-scripted failed CW Now and Online Nation averaged 6.25 million viewers and a 0.2/ 1 in the demo. So, believe it or not, In Harm’s Way is an improvement!
It was the battle of baseball versus football on Fox and NBC, with the estimated results as follows:
Sunday Night Football (NBC): New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers - 8-11 p.m.
Viewers: 11.20 million; A18-49: 4.5/ 11
National League Baseball Championship Series (Fox): Philadelphia at Los Angeles – 8-10 p.m.
Viewers: 8.56 million; A18-49: 2.7/ 7
(Results in the 10 p.m. hour for Fox were not available)
ABC was on the 8-11 p.m. map, of course, as a result of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Viewers: #1, 11.26 million; A18-49: #2, 3.7/ 9), the vastly improved Desperate Housewives (Viewers: #1, 15.33 million; A18-49: #1, 5.9/14) and the always amazing Brothers & Sisters (Viewers: #2, 10.09 million; A18-49: #2, 3.6/ 9), the best relationship drama since thirtysomething.
CBS’ combination of The Amazing Race (Viewers: #4, 9.17 million; A18-49: #4, 2.8/ 7), Cold Case (Viewers: #3, 10.89 million; A18-49: #3, 2.7/ 6) and The Unit (Viewers: #3, 9.12 million; A18-49: #3, 2.6/ 7) took a hit opposite the double dose of sports. But the positive news for the Eye net’s relocated The Unit is solid compatibility out of Cold Case.
Last, and very least, were week two of the CW’s scripted Valentine (Viewers: 1.01 million; A18-49: 0.4/ 1) and Easy Money (Viewers: 752,000; A18-49: 0.3/ 1), which are no better than former occupants Life Is Wild and an encore telecast of America’s Next Top Model. No one ever said programming the CW on Sunday would be an easy task for Media Rights Capital.
Last night's DH was AMAZING, here are some clips: