TV Ratings: ABC's 'Pan Am' Has Solid Start

It attracts 10.8 million viewers, but the network is still beat by NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
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Football dominated Sunday night with NBC’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Indianapolis Colts match-up pulling in a 7.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic (with a 9.6 among men 18-34 and 10.5 among men 25-54) and 17.7 million viewers overall from 8:30-11 p.m. ET.

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(Numbers for football impacted NBC and CBS are preliminary and subject to change. But, NBC will win the night with a 5.9 rating in the demo and 14.8 million viewers from 7-11 p.m.)

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Overrun of the Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears game into the 7 p.m. hour also juiced ratings at Fox, where premieres of the network’s animation lineup combined for a 4.4 rating in the demo with 9.5 million viewers. The Simpsons (3.8, 7.9 million) was up 3 percent year-over-year, The Cleveland Show (3.1, 6.0 million) was flat, Family Guy (4.1, 7.6 million) was down 9 percent and American Dad was flat (3.0, 5.7 million).

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CBS’ coverage of the New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game slid the network’s primetime by approximately 27 minutes – giving CBS a 2.5 rating in the demo with 10.8 million viewers overall from 7-11 p.m. And although time zone adjusted numbers for the season premieres of The Good Wife -- on a new night and earlier timeslot -- and CSI: Miami, are not yet available, both shows are likely to show year-over-year erosion.

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ABC averaged a 2.4 demo rating with 8.7 million viewers from 7-11 p.m. The final season premiere of Desperate Housewives pulled in a 3.1 rating with 9.7 million viewers, down 28 percent for its lowest-rated premiere ever. But Pan Am held its Desperate lead-in and actually built on it among total viewers  with 10.8 million for the hour. 

Below, networks ranked by demo, with shows listed with total viewers and demo.

NBC - 5.9, 14.9 million viewers
·        Football Night in America – 2:  3.4,  million viewers
·        Football Night in America – 3:  5.9, million viewers
·        Sunday Night Football (Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis): 7.2, million viewers

FOX - 4.4, 9.5 million viewers
·        NFL OVER-RUN:  7.6, 18.9 million viewers
·        The O.T.:  4.7, 11.1 million viewers  
·        The Simpsons (P):  3.8, 7.9 million viewers     
·        The Cleveland Show (P):  3.1, 6 million viewers
·        Family Guy (P):  4.1, 7.6 million viewers
·        American Dad (P):  3.0, 5.7 million viewers

CBS - 2.5, 10.9 million viewers    
·        60 Minutes (P):  2.6, 12.6 million viewers
·        Amazing Race #19 (P):  3.0, 10.5 million viewers
·        The Good Wife (P):  2.2, 10.5 million viewers
·        CSI: Miami (P):  2.2, 10 million viewers

ABC  2.4, 8.7million viewers   
·        Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (S):  1.3, 5.4 million viewers   
·        Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (P):  2.3, 8.8 million viewers
·        Desperate Housewives (P):  3.1, 9.8 million viewers
·        Pan Am (P):  3.1, 10.9 million viewers



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