Football, Comedies Boost Fox on Sunday While ABC’s ‘Revenge’ Rises

ABC's 'Home Videos' hits season high; CBS' 'Good Wife' and 'Mentalist' down from most recent originals

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On the first Sunday without NFL primetime football since late summer, Fox’s animated comedies and NBC’s Jimmy Fallon special were the top draws among young adults while ABC’s “Revenge” returned on an upswing — despite facing the season premiere of PBS’ “Downton Abbey.”

Preliminary estimates weren’t available for “Abbey,” which closed its third season last February with about 8.2 million viewers (12.3 million in Live+7).

Fox dominated the night overall thanks to the conclusion of its NFL wild-card playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, which didn’t end until about 7:50 p.m. ET. The game, won 23-20 by the 49ers, earned a 27.7 household rating in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights to make it easily the most-watched football game this season.

The late-running NFL contest provided a big lift for Fox’s primetime lineup, which began at about 8:07 p.m. in the East, following post-game coverage. “The Simpsons” averaged a 5.2/13 in 18-49 and 12.0 million viewers overall in the 8 o’clock half-hour (though these numbers include some football coverage), and “Bob’s Burgers” was well above average at 8:30 (3.2/8 in 18-49, 6.4 million viewers overall). More in line with their most recent originals were “Family Guy” (3.0/7 in 18-49, 5.7 million viewers overall) and “American Dad” (2.5/6 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall), both of which also led their timeslots in 18-49.

At NBC, a two-hour “Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” did a solid 2.0/5 in 18-49 and 5.7 million viewers overall from 9 to 11 p.m., beating both ABC and CBS in the demo for its time period and topping everything the net has aired in the time period — outside of sports and the Golden Globes — in the past year. Earlier, a two-hour “Dateline” averaged a 1.3/3 in 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers overall, rising with each half-hour.

ABC opened with season-highs for “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (1.6/4 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) and a solid showing at 8 p.m. with special “The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo” (1.8/4 in 18-49, 6.3 million viewers overall) in advance of tonight’s season premiere of the dating show.

The return of “Revenge” delivered a 1.8/4 in 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers overall in the 9 o’clock hour, the show’s highest 18-49 rating since its second episode of this season (Oct. 6), and “Betrayal” closed out the night on par with its recent originals (0.8/2 in 18-49, 3.4 million viewers overall).

At CBS, “60 Minutes” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 7.4 million viewers overall) was on the low side opposite the big football action on Fox. It was followed by a special repeat of Thursday drama “Elementary” (1.0/2 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) and originals of “The Good Wife” (1.4/3 in 18-49, 9.2 million viewers overall) and “The Mentalist” (1.5/4 in 18-49, 9.9 million viewers overall), both of which led their hours in total viewers but were down in demos from their most recent originals.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: Fox, 6.6/16; NBC, 1.6/4; ABC, 1.5/4; CBS, 1.3/3; Telemundo, 0.7/2; Univision, 0.6/2.

In total viewers: Fox, 17.8 million; CBS, 8.3 million; ABC and NBC, 5.8 million; Univision, 1.9 million; Telemundo, 1.7 million.