Football triumphs in primetime

'Once Upon a Time,' 'Simpsons' top scripted

Despite another NFL blowout in primetime, NBC scored its typical victory with “Sunday Night Football,” while fairy tales and treehouses of horror led scripted programming.

The Philadelphia Eagles’ 34-7 romp over the Dallas Cowboys drew a very preliminary 8.2 rating and 19 share among viewers 18-49 and 19.3 million viewers overall. This figure, which figures to revise upward when the afternoon numbers come in, came despite the fact that TV viewing in Philadelphia was inhibited by the weekend snowstorm in the northeast.

“Sunday Night Football” lost only to an overrun of CBS’ afternoon NFL coverage (9.1/26, 27.9 million) that bled into the first halfhour of primetime. That in turn helped boost the overall audience of “60 Minutes” (4.2/11, 18.3 million), which featured interviews with convicted Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff’s wife Ruth and son Andrew.

CBS followed with “The Amazing Race” (2.9/7, 10.9 million), “The Good Wife” (2.0/5, 10.2 million) and “CSI: Miami” (2.0/6, 9.5 million).

At 8 p.m., ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” (3.9/9, 11.6 million) virtually matched its week-ago premiere numbers and was topped in scripted efforts among viewers 18-49 only by the 22nd “Treehouse of Horror” episode of “The Simpsons” (4.0/10, 8.0 million).

Approximately 40% of fans of the latter left before checking out the series premiere of Jonah Hill animated project “Allen Gregory” (2.4/6, 4.7 million).

Leading the 9 p.m. timeslot in the demo among non-sports programming was Fox’s “Family Guy” (3.2/7, 6.0 million) and ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” (3.1/7, 9.3 million). At 10 p.m., ABC’s “Pan Am” (1.9/5, 5.6 million) remained relatively consistent.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC 6.7/16, CBS 3.7/9, Fox 2.7/7, ABC 2.5/6.

In total viewers: NBC 16.8 million, CBS 14.5 million, ABC 7.9 million, Fox 5.6 million.

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