Football dominates; reality shows stay steady

Having averted any scent of a challenge from a National League Championship Series Game 7, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” easily defeated the competition in Sunday primetime.

Green Bay’s 28-24 victory over Minnesota and controversial former Packers quarterback Brett Farve, which ended with Farve throwing a fourth-down incompletion from the Packers’ 20-yard line with 20 seconds remaining, drew a 8.6 rating and 21 share among adults 18-49 in primetime and a massive 22.5 million viewers overall, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.

Left without a baseball game once San Francisco eliminated Philadelphia in Saturday’s NLCS Game 6, Fox ran reruns in its normal Sunday night animation block, ranging from “The Cleveland Show” (1.1/3, 2.7 million) at 7 p.m. to “Family Guy” (2.1/5, 4.5 million) at 9 p.m.

Prelim numbers for 7 p.m. timeslot winner CBS’ “60 Minutes” (4.3/13, 17.3 million) got an artificial boost from a 16-minute NFL overrun.

“The Amazing Race” (3.3/9, 12.3 million) was second behind NBC football at 8 p.m., while “Undercover Boss” (3.4/8, 11.5 million) was third at 9 p.m. “CSI: Miami” (2.8/7, 10.7 million) rounded out the night for the Eye. Numbers for the latter three shows were consistent with the week prior.

ABC had an uneventful Sunday, finishing behind CBS and NBC at 7 p.m.

with “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.8/5, 7.6 million) and at 8 p.m. with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (2.4/6, 9.1 million) before improving at 9 p.m. with a second-place “Desperate Housewives” (3.9/9, 12.2 million). ABC was again third at 10 p.m. with “Brothers & Sisters” (2.6/6, 8.4 million).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC 7.1/18, CBS 3.4/9, ABC 2.7/7, Fox 1.5/4, Univision 1.2/3.

In total viewers: NBC 19.0 million, CBS 13.0 million, ABC 9.3 million, Fox 3.5 million, Univision 2.9 million.

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