Music show solid, up in some demos vs. last year

NBC has dominated another Sunday with its NFL matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants on ”Sunday Night Football,” but ABC was a solid runner-up with the American Music Awards, which were flat or up across the board vs. last year.

The football game on NBC, which saw the Eagles hold of the Giants to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, averaged a 6.6 rating/15 share in adults 18-49 and 17.5 million viewers overall on NBC’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise 10% or more in the nationals. ”Sunday Night Football” has been the top-rated program in demos on every Sunday this season. Although this game figures to rate as the lowest of the four November sweep ”SNF” contests in the nationals, it still delivered a very strong metered-market overnight score (14.0 household rating/22 share), as New York and Philadelphia account for 9.1% of the country’s TV homes.

Elsewhere, the ”American Music Awards” telecast on ABC averaged a 4.3 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 12 million viewers overall from 8 to 11 p.m., flat vs. last year in the demo and up 3% in total viewers. The kudocast was up some in most young-adult demo categories and saw an especially large uptick among teens 12-17 (4.7/14) , rising 24% year-to-year for a seven-year high.

Ratings for CBS are tough to read as football extended until nearly 7:30 p.m. in the East, and the net opted to start all of its entertainment programs late in most of the country. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the preliminaries, ”60 Minutes” averaged roughly a 3.0/7 in 18-49 and 13.9 million viewers overall. The newsmag was followed by ”The Amazing Race” (roughly 2.7/6 in 18-49, 10.0 million viewers overall from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.), ”The Good Wife” (1.9/4 in 18-49, 9.7 million viewers overall) and ”CSI: Miami” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall).

At Fox, ”The Cleveland Show” at 7:30 p.m. (1.8/5 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) was followed by ”The Simpsons” (2.7/7 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall), ”Allen Gregory” (1.9/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall), ”Family Guy” (3.1/7 in 18-49, 6.0 million viewers overall) and ”American Dad” (2.4/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall). While the 9 o’clock hour comedies ”Family” and ”Dad” were flat week to week, ”The Simpsons” showed a decline from last week when it enjoyed a football overrun as its lead-in.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 5.5/13; ABC, 3.5/9; CBS, 2.8/7; Fox, 2.2/5; Univision, 1.6/4.

In total viewers: NBC, 14.8 million; CBS, 11.9 million; ABC, 10.1 million; Fox, 4.6 million; Univision, 4.1 million.

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