They're top non-sports series in demos as football rules

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” prevailed as usual last night, while CBS’ “60 Minutes” and Fox’s “Family Guy” had nice showings opposite declining numbers for ABC’s drama lineup.

The preliminary affiliate-based Nielsens for NBC are subject to revision due to time-zone differences, but the New Orleans Saints’ 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers averaged a 6.2 rating/15 share in adults 18-49 and 15.8 million viewers overall on the net’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m.; these averages typically go up by 10% or more in the nationals. While on the low side for the “SNF” franchise, NBC comfortably won the night in all key categories.

TBS and TNT likely cut into the football numbers, and perhaps the ratings for other shows on the night, with dueling Major League Baseball playoff games.

CBS ranked second on the night thanks to a big football overrun, leading into a strong performance for “60 Minutes” (3.8/11 in 18-49, 16.1 million viewers overall), which at least in the same-night prelims was the night’s top non-sports program in 18-49, 25-54 (5.1/12) and total viewers. The newsmag was followed by the season’s second episodes of “The Amazing Race” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 9.8 million viewers overall), “The Good Wife” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 8.9 million viewers overall) and “The Mentalist” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 8.7 million viewers overall) — with the four series running from about 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. in much of the country.

Fox had a solid night as “Family Guy” (3.4/8 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) and “American Dad” (2.6/6 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) edged up week to week to stand as the top-rated entertainment series in the 9 o’clock hour among young adults. Earlier in the evening, the season premiere of “The Cleveland Show” (2.2/6 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall) was followed by the fall’s second segs of “The Simpsons” (3.1/8 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) and “Bob’s Burgers” (2.3/6 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall), which were down some from their football-enhanced premiere scores of last week.

At ABC, the season premiere of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 6.5 million viewers overall) was followed by “Once Upon a Time” (3.3/8 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall), which remains a potent player despite a roughly 15% falloff from its premiere. The net also saw 9-11 p.m. dramas “Revenge” (2.6/6 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall) and “666 Park Avenue” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall) decline by nearly 20% vs. their openers of last week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 5.3/13; CBS, 3.2/8; Fox, 2.6/7; ABC, 2.3/6; Univision, 1.0/3.

In total viewers: NBC, 13.7 million; CBS, 12.7 million; ABC, 7.4 million; Fox, 5.4 million; Univision, 2.7 million.

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