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ABC Dramas Down, ‘Sunday Night Football’ Rolls for NBC

'Revenge' matches low; Fox comedies soft

NBC was an easy primetime ratings winner on Sunday with its Cowboys-Saints matchup on “Sunday Night Football,” while ABC saw its drama lineup lose ground after rising one week earlier.

After a couple of games that posted sub-par numbers for “Sunday Night Football,” last night’s contest, won 49-17 by New Orleans, averaged a 7.0 rating/17 share in adults 18-49 and 19.3 million viewers overall on NBC’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise in the vicinity of 10% in the nationals.

In Nielsen’s metered-market overnights, “SNF” earned a 13.0 household rating/21 share, including a 56.2/73 in New Orleans and a 30.3/47 in Dallas.

At ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 7.0 million viewers overall) was followed by “Once Upon a Time” (2.1/5 in 18-49, 6.6 million viewers overall), which was narrowly the night’s No. 1 scripted broadcast series in 18-49 despite a 9% decline (0.2) from last week. “Revenge” fell three-tenths to 1.4/3 in 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall, matching its series low, and “Betrayal” was down two-tenths (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.3 million viewers overall) to match its low.

Ratings for CBS are subject to revision, as the net’s entertainment series started off-schedule in much of the country. Following a football overrun, “60 Minutes” drew roughly a 4.1/11 in 18-49 and 16.6 million viewers overall from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. — one of the show’s best numbers in a while.The newsmag apologized at the end of the hour for its flawed story on the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

Also above average were “The Amazing Race” (roughly 2.3/6 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall) and “The Good Wife” (roughly 1.7/4 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall). “The Mentalist” closed things out (1.5/4 in 18-49, 9.3 million viewers overall in the 10:30 p.m. half-hour).

Fox had a soft night with its animated comedies, including “The Simpsons” at 8 p.m. (1.9/5 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall) and “Bob’s Burgers” at 8:30 (1.5/4 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall). Also down from week to week were “Family Guy” (2.0/5 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), the net’s top show in key demos, and “American Dad” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 3.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 5.7/15; CBS, 3.0/8; Fox, 1.6/4; ABC, 1.4/4.

In total viewers: NBC, 15.8 million; CBS, 13.1 million; ABC, 5.6 million; Fox, 3.6 million.

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