'SNF' gives win to NBC in slow Sun. primetime

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NBC's "Sunday Night Football" easily defeated the competition in Sunday night's primetime in lower than normal viewing levels.

NBC averaged at least 12.2 million viewers and a 3.7 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Monday by Nielsen Media Research. Those numbers are likely to rise later this week when the final data is released.

Football helped CBS a bit with a runover from the late afternoon AFC game, which gave the Eye an early lead with 16.4 million viewers. CBS' ratings data was thrown out of whack by the game, which pushed the start times for each of its shows back.

CBS' schedule was anchored by the two-hour documentary "In God's Name" (4.7 million, 1.3/3), which came in a distant third place against the Washington Redskins-Minnesota Vikings game and the ABC movie "The Santa Clause 2" ( 8.7 million, 2.7/8). Sunday also included another round of the ABC game show "Duel" (6.1 million, 1.6/5).

NBC (10.7 million, 3.7/11) led the night over ABC (7.1 million, 2.1/6); CBS (8.7 million, 2.5/7); Fox ( 4.6 million, 1.7/5); and the CW (971,000, 0.4/1).
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