October 15, 2012 8:59am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: Sunday Night Football Dwarfs Baseball, 'Revenge' and 'Mentalist' Grow
Fast affiliate ratings have Sunday Night Football up slightly from last week's showing. NBC's broadcast of Green Bay's defeat over Houston pulling a 6.9 rating with adults 18-49 and 17.7 million viewers. The preceding 90-minute block of Football Night in America averaged a 3.5 rating in the demo, giving the network a dominant 5.6 rating with adults 18-49 and 14.7 million viewers.
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Though viewership for game one of the National League Championship Series (1.9 adults rating) did not rival much of its competition on the other networks, a half-hour of NFL Overrun (6.2 adults rating) and The OT (4.4 adults rating) did guarantee a second place finish for Fox. The network averaged a 2.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 8 million viewers.
CBS also saw its finish skewed by NFL overrun. Just north of 20-minutes worth of play delayed the start time of 60 Minutes (2.6 adults rating), skewing initial returns for the night. As it stands, The Amazing Race (2.6 adults rating) and The Good Wife (1.7 adults rating) were even, while The Mentalist saw a 25 percent boost to a 2.0 adults rating. The network averaged a 2.2 with adults 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers.
America's Funniest Home Videos saw a seven percent drop from last week's season premiere, pulling a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49. Once Upon a Time also dipped, 12 percent, to a 3.0 rating in the demo. Revenge added one tenth of a point for a 2.7 adults rating, while 666 Park Avenue dropped once more to a 1.5 adults rating. ABC netted a 2.1 adults rating for the night and 7 million viewers.
Univision had a 1.1 adults rating for the night.