Morning Ratings Flash --- Rick Kissell

A massive NFL overrun and a half-hour special detailing the postseason college football bowl game matchups helped Fox score a rare ratings victory Sunday night, according to preliminary affiliate-based Nielsen nationals.

Numbers for the net’s live events are subject to revision when nationals are released Tuesday, but the roughly 22-minute conclusion of the Dallas Cowboys’ 23-20 victory over the New York Giants should come in with about an 11 rating in adults 18-49 and 27 million viewers overall. And at 8, the Bowl Cham-pionship Series selection show should deliver about a 6 rating in adults 18-49 and 14 million viewers overall.

Fox was in repeats the rest of the night, with a special 8:30 seg of “The Simpsons” (3.9/9 in 18-49, 8.1 million viewers overall), followed by “Family Guy” (3.8/9 in 18-49, 7.8 million viewers overall) and “Ameri-can Dad” at a special time (3.1/7 in 18-49, 6.2 million viewers overall).

NBC should come in a competitive second Sunday with its NFL primetime contest between the Seattle Seawhawks and Denver Broncos (roughly a 5.9/14 in 18-49 and 15.3 million viewers overall).

ABC was paced by repeats of “Desperate Housewives” (4.3/10 in 18-49, 12.0 million viewers overall) and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (4.2/10 in 18-49, 12.7 million viewers overall), and CBS by original segs of crime dramas “Cold Case” (3.9/9 in 18-49, 14.2 million viewers overall) and “Without a Trace” (3.9/10 in 18-49, 14.1 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 5.1/12; NBC, 4.2/10; ABC, 3.5/8; CBS, 3.4/8; Univision, 1.4/3; CW, 1.2/3.

In total viewers: CBS, 12.9 million; Fox, 12.0 million; NBC, 11.8 million; ABC, 10.1 million; CW, 3.1 million; Univision, 3.0 million.

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