9:18am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Football Lifts Fox, ABC Dramas Drop
Fast national ratings for Sunday night are especially tentative this week with both CBS and Fox having NFL overrun on their schedules and NBC's own football coverage topping the night.
Sunday Night Football didn't take such a huge hit, even though the New York Giants suffered a 0-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Compared to last Sunday's preliminary showing, the game was off just 13 percent to a 6.0 rating among adults 18-49. That stat is certain to rise in the finals.
Fox's NFL overrun certainly helped The Simpsons. The lead-in lifted the cartoon back to the vicinity of its season premiere highs, up 65 percent, to a 3.3 rating in the key demo. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2.1 adults) also grew, up 31 percent. And, after an encore of Family Guy, even Mulaney (1.1 adults) managed to post a modest one-tenth of a point improvement from last week's soft premiere.
CBS' lead-in was not quite as formidable. As it stands, the trio of Madam Secretary (1.5 adults), The Good Wife (1.3 adults) and CSI (1.4 adults) are all steady with their most recent live-plus-same-day showings.
The only nonsporting member of the Big Four, ABC, saw week-to-week losses for all its dramas. Once Upon a Time (2.6 adults) dropped 21 percent, while Resurrection (1.4 adults) shed 30 percent — marking a series low in live-plus-same-day showings. Revenge also tied a low, slipping two-tenths of a point to a 1.2 rating in the key demo. That said, America's Funniest Home Videos returned to the schedule even with last year's 1.2-rated premiere.