TV Ratings: American Music Awards Surges Against Strong Sunday Night Football

Posting its best overnights for a November primetime NFL game in 17 years, NBC's overtime Broncos-Patriots matchup tops the evening -- though ABC's music kudos make strong gains for a four-year high.
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The Boston Patriots' overtime comeback against the Denver Broncos scored for NBC. The game averaged a 17 rating among metered-market households, making it the NFL's top November primetime game since 1996.

Fast National returns will see significant adjustments when time zones are taken into account, but the game is off 3 percent from last week with an early 8.8 rating among adults 18-49. Initial audience estimates give it 23.98 million viewers before adjustments. NBC's early averages for the night give it a 7.0 adults rating and 19.6 million viewers.

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Despite the increased competition, ABC's airing of the American Music Awards surged from its 2012 outing. The three-hour kudos jumped 32 percent for a 4.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 36 percent to 12.9 million viewers. The show had a lead-in from America's Funniest Home Videos (1.5 adults), up a tenth from last week, giving ABC an average 3.7 adults rating and 11.4 million viewers for its primetime block.

Fox's animation block saw a healthy lead-in from NFL overrun (7.3 adults) and The OT (6.2 adults), making subsequent scores subject to adjustment. The Simpsons (2.9 adults) grew by 1.1 points from last week, and Bob's Burgers (1.9 adults) improved by four-tenths. Family Guy (2.2 adults) held last week's score, and American Dad (1.8 adults) moved up by two-tenths of a point. Fox averaged a 3.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers.

CBS' lineup, skewed in several market by football overrun, kicked off with 60 Minutes (1.6 adults) -- down a tenth of a point from last week. The Amazing Race (1.5 adults) dropped half a point to a series low, and The Good Wife (1.3 adults) was down by just a tenth. The Mentalist (1.5 adults), inching up a tenth of a point from last week, saw its best audience since January, with 10.6 million viewers. The network averaged a 1.5 rating in the key demo and 9.8 million viewers.