Baseball playoffs soft for Fox; ABC's 'Once' falls off

Sunday’s sports showdown proved to be no contest in the ratings race, as NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” crushed Fox’s National League Championship Series baseball game. On the entertainment side, ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” fell off in its third outing but was the night’s top broadcast show among young adults.

AMC’s season premiere of “The Walking Dead” is expected to reign as the night’s top entertainment show in adults 18-49 when its numbers come in.

Preliminary numbers for sports action are subject to revision as the affiliate-based numbers don’t reflect West Coast viewing, but NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans averaged a 6.9 rating/16 share and 17.8 million viewers overall on the net’s stations from 8:30 to 11. This is up slightly from last week’s 11.7/19 for San Diego-New Orleans but below average otherwise.

The game turned out to be a lopsided Packers victory, so second-half ratings fell off.

At Fox, Game 1 of the NLCS between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants averaged a 1.9/5 in 18-49 and 6 million viewers overall on the net’s stations from 8 to 11.

Ratings for CBS are subject to change as well, due to a football overrun in some markets in the night’s opening half-hour. In the prelims, “60 Minutes” (2.6/7 in 18-49, 12.6 million viewers overall) and “The Amazing Race” (2.6/6 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall) were the net’s top shows in demos. “The Good Wife” held steady at 9 (1.7/4 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall) and “The Mentalist” rose at 10 (2.0/5 in 18-49, 10.6 million viewers overall).

At ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 5.8 million viewers overall) was on par with its season premiere of last week, but “Once Upon a Time” (3.0/7 in 18-49, 9.1 million viewers overall) was down about 10%. From 9 to 11, “Revenge” (2.7/6 in 18-49, 8.2 million viewers overall) was in line with last week while “666 Park Avenue” was down (1.5/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 5.6/14; Fox, 2.7/7; CBS, 2.2/6; ABC, 2.1/5; Univision, 1.1/3.

In total viewers: NBC, 14.7 million; CBS, 10.4 million; Fox, 8.1 million; ABC, 7.0 million; Univision, 2.9 million.

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