Football leads NBC to easy Sunday win

'60 Minutes' helped by Obama interview

A thrilling game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants dominated the Sunday night viewing landscape and was more than enough to give NBC a ratings win.

According to preliminary data from Nielsen, the game earned an 8.5 rating/20 share in the 18-49 demo, with approximately 22.5 million viewers a Giants come-from-behind win. It was the second-highest rated Sunday night game of the year according to the initial overnights. Also of note: The top five all-time overnight-rated Sunday NFL games on NBC involve either the Giants or Cowboys.

However, the Peacock’s 7 p.m. pregame show, “Football Night in America” (4.3/11, 12.1), was bested by CBS’ venerable newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” which featured an interview with President Obama. Eye’s longtime staple drew a 4.5/12, 17m, which was helped by an NFL overrun.

That was best in the hour, over a pair of Fox sitcom reruns that also included a football overrun (Bears vs. Broncos) in part of the country — “Bob’s Burger” (3.5/10, 9.3m) and “The Cleveland Show” (1.8/5, 4.1m).

Last in the hour was ABC with a repeat of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.6/4, 7.3m).

CBS’ season finale for “The Amazing Race” (3.4/8, 13.6) started approximately 8:30 p.m., and that pushed back the starting times for “The Good Wife” (2.7/6, 11.1m) and “CSI: Miami” (2.2/6, 11m).

Fox ran four consecutive firstrun animated toons following “Cleveland”: “The Simpsons” (3.0/7, 6.4m), “The Cleveland Show” (2.3/5, 4.9m), “Family Guy” (3.1/7, m) and “American Dad” (2.5/6, 4.9m).

The Johnny Depp-starrer “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (1.3/3, 3.7) wasn’t particularly sweet to ABC from 9-11 p.m.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: NBC, 6.9/17; CBS, 3.2/8; Fox, 2.7/6; ABC, 1.8/4; Univision, 0.8/2.

In total viewers: NBC, 18.6 million; CBS, 13.2 million; Fox, 5.9 million; ABC, 5.9 million; Univision, 2.2 million.