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‘Good Wife,’ ‘Revenge’ Up Sunday But NFL Rules Overall

Other ABC dramas up too; Fox's 'Simpsons,' 'Family Guy' top b'cast scripted series in 18-49

Perhaps it was not having to face each other in most of the country, but female-skewing 9 p.m. dramas “The Good Wife” on CBS and “Revenge” on ABC were on the upswing Sunday, a night led as usual by NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

ABC had a good week, as its three dramas were all up in young adults. Following “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.4 rating/4 share in adults 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall), “Once Upon a Time” edged up to three-week highs (2.3/6 in 18-49, 7.5 million viewers overall). Perhaps the best news for ABC was the growth at 9 p.m. for “Revenge” (1.7/4 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall), which had been sagging in recent weeks but gained about 20% week-to-week for its best ratings since Oct. 6.

And at 10, “Betrayal” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall) appears to be up a bit as well, though it was adjusted down from a 1.0 to a 0.9 in the nationals; if the 1.0 holds, it would be the best score in four weeks for the rookie.

CBS’ lineup started late following a football overrun that lasted until nearly 8 p.m. in the East, so its numbers are a bit murky. In the prelims, “The Good Wife” averaged roughly a 1.6/4 in 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers overall — matching its best demo result of the season and hitting a season high in total viewers. “Good Wife” started an hour late in much of the country, and thus missed going head-to-head with “Revenge,” while airing on time in the West.

Also on the night for CBS, “60 Minutes” averaged roughly  3.2/8 in 18-49 and 15.1 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock hour, and “The Amazing Race” did a 2.0/5 and 9.4 million.

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” game between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans averaged a 5.7/14 in 18-49 and 15.4 million viewers overall on the net’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise by 10% or more in the nationals. This will be one of the franchise’s lower-rated games of the season, but NBC is stocked with games that should generate big numbers the next three weeks: Dallas-New Orleans, Kansas City-Denver and Denver-New England.

At Fox, “The Simpsons” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 5.5 million viewers overall) and “Family Guy” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) led the way as usual, standing as the night’s top broadcast series in 18-49 with their first airings since a baseball-dictated three-week break. Also for the net, “Bob’s Burgers” did a 1.8/4 in 18-49 and 3.7 million viewers overall at 8:30 p.m., and “American Dad” did a 1.9/4 in 18-49 and 3.7 million viewers overall at 9:30.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 4.6/12; CBS, 3.3/8; Fox, 1.9/5; ABC, 1.6/4; Univision, 1.2/3; Telemundo, 0.5/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 14.3 million; NBC, 12.6 million; ABC, 6.1 million; Fox, 4.3 million; Univision, 3.4 million; Telemundo, 1.3 million.

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