Football Rules Early, Late on Sunday; ’60 Minutes’ Strong, ‘Revenge’ Slides

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'Once Upon a Time,' 'The Simpsons' solid but 'Revenge' and 'Betrayal' fall from premieres

ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” retained nearly all of its premiere audience of the week before, but the net’s “Revenge” and “Betrayal” took a hit behind it on Sunday, a night that was dominated in primetime by football.

CBS’ coverage of the Denver Broncos’ wild 51-48 victory over the Dallas Cowboys averaged a huge 18.6 household rating/34 share in Nielsen’s metered markets to rate as the NFL season’s No. 1 telecast of the season. That game spilled more than 40 minutes into primetime, boosting the net’s nightly averages.

Esimates for the Eye’s series averages for the night are murky because of the late-running Broncos-Cowboys game, but also because the early, affiliate-based preliminary estimates include a preemption in San Diego for an 8:30 p.m. PT NFL game between the Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

60 Minutes” averaged a 3.6 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 and 17 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock half-hour; no matter where it comes in in the nationals, these will be the best numbers of the season for the long-running newsmag, which could emerge as the night’s most-watched program.

From there, “The Amazing Race” did roughly a 2.5/6 in 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers overall, followed by “The Good Wife” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 9.6 million viewers overall) and “The Mentalist” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 9.0 million viewers overall).

NBC scored late with NFL action, though its one-sided matchup between the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers earned a below-average 11.6 household rating/19 share in the overnights. From 8:30 to 11 p.m., the net’s stations averaged a 5.7/15 in 18-49 and 14.4 million viewers overall.

At ABC, “Once Upon a Time” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 7.7 million viewers overall) was down a tick from its season premiere of last week, but “Revenge” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) and “Betrayal” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) were down four-tenths apiece from last week.

Fox’s “The Simpsons” (2.9/8 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) matched its week-ago season premiere despite not having a football lead-in this time around; the animated vet aired its annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode. It was followed by “Bob’s Burgers” (1.9/5 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), which was down from last week, and the steady “Family Guy” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall) and “American Dad” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.9/13; CBS, 3.8/10; Fox, 2.1/6; ABC, 1.5/4; Univision, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.4/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 15.2 million; NBC, 12.6 million; ABC, 5.3 million; Fox, 4.6 million; Univision, 2.9 million; Telemundo, 0.9 million.

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