TV Ratings: Football Bests World Series Final as Sports Tops a Robust Sunday
With sports coverage winning the night for NBC and Fox, most competition was relatively steady -- though "The Mentalist" and "America's Funniest Home Videos" saw the most growth.
NBC's Sunday Night Football fared the strongest among individual telecasts last night -- but with a boost from NFL overage and the final game of the World Series, Fox is projected to win both adults 18-49 and total viewers when final time-zone-adjusted ratings arrive later today.
For now, fast affiliate returns give the Saints and Broncos match-up a 6.3 rating among adults 18-49. A 90-minute Football Night in America kicked off NBC's coverage with a 3.1 rating, giving it an early average of 5.1 adults rating and 13.2 million viewers during the four-hour block.
America's Funniest Home Videos started out ABC's night up 23 percent from the previous week, pulling a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. Once Upon a Time was also up, just a tenth of a point, for a 3.4 rating in the demo. Revenge (2.7 adults rating) and 666 Park Avenue (1.6 adults rating) were both down a tenth of a point. ABC averaged a 2.3 adults rating and 7.3 million viewers.
60 Minutes took a steep drop from last week's boost, falling 53 percent to a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49. The Amazing Race (2.4 adults rating) was also down, though only by eight percent. The Good Wife dropped a tenth of a point for a 1.8 rating with 18-49-ers, and The Mentalist (also a 1.8) rebounded from last week's low by 20 percent. The network averaged a 1.9 rating with adults 18-49 and 9.95 million viewers.
Univision had a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49.