NBC calls the plays

Colts-Pats game scores

ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” ruled as the top entertainment program on the first Sunday of the November sweep, while the much-anticipated NFL showdown between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots performed strongly for NBC.

Numbers for the Peacock’s football game are subject to revision, but the Colts’ 27-20 victory averaged a 7.8 rating/18 share in adults 18-49 and 20 million viewers overall on the net’s affils from 8:30 to 11, according to preliminary Nielsens.

When nationals come in today, game featuring top quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady should challenge the “Sunday Night Football” opener between the Colts and New York Giants, which scored an 8.8/22 in 18-49 and 22.6 million viewers overall to make it the season’s highest-rated primetime contest. It also would be on par with last year’s Indy-New England game on ABC’s “Monday Night Football.”

NBC has enjoyed a great run with the NFL in its return to the net this season, and viewership is up vs. last season’s “Monday Night Football.” Net also has attractive sweeps matchups the next two weeks (Chicago Bears-New York Giants, Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers).

ABC was the top nonsports choice on Sunday, riding the highest-rated episodes of “Desperate Housewives” (9.0/20 in 18-49, 22.5 million) and “Brothers & Sisters” (5.5/14 in 18-49, 13.7 million) since their season preems.

Excluding finales or premieres, the “DH” result was its best since February. And “Brothers” remains the season’s No. 2 new program in adults 18-49, trailing only NBC’s “Heroes.”

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 10.7 million) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (5.3/13 in 18-49, 15.3 million) also contributed for ABC.

CBS opted to push back the start of all four of its primetime series due to a roughly 30-minute NFL overrun. “60 Minutes” should come in with about a 4.1/11 in 18-49 and 15.7 million viewers overall, followed by “The Amazing Race” (3.7/8 in 18-49, 12.0 million), “Cold Case” (3.7/8 in 18-49, 13.7 million) and “Without a Trace” (3.8/10 in 18-49, 12.8 million).

At Fox, the 17th annual “Treehouse of Horror” seg of “The Simpsons” earned a 4.9/12 in 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers. Net also held up well at 9 with “Family Guy” (4.0/9, 8.5 million), but drooped with “American Dad” (3.7/8, 7.8 million) and “The War at Home” (3.0/7, 6.2 million).

The CW’s “7th Heaven” had its best showing since moving to Sunday a few weeks ago (1.4/3 in 18-49, 3.8 million).

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