9:09am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: NFL Overrun Propels Fox as 'Family Guy' Lifts With Brian's Return
The overrun of the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys game gave Fox's primetime block an especially strong start. The last half-hour of the game averaged a 6.9 rating among adults 18-49 in initial returns, with The OT (6.5 adults) following.
As for the network's animation block, The Simpsons (3.5 adults) improved four-tenths of a point from last week. Bob's Burgers (2.4 adults), Family Guy (3.0 adults) and American Dad (2.4 adults) each improved by three-tenths -- with Family Guy likely attributing some of its lift to the return of Brian the dog. Fox averaged a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 11 million viewers.
Sunday Night Football (6.0 adults) matched last week's initial rating, which ultimately rose to a 6.9. For the night, NBC averaged a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 12.2 million viewers.
CBS also saw some overrun, so its ratings are subject to change, but initial returns have 60 Minutes (1.7 adults) down three-tenths of a point from last week. Survivor (2.6 adults) wrapped its season up a tenth of a point from its last Wednesday episode but down six-tenths of a point from the comparable finale last December. The reunion special averaged a 1.9 adults rating, giving CBS a nightly average of a 2.2 rating with adults 18-49 and 9.7 million viewers.
America's Funniest Home Videos (1.4 adults) kicked off ABC's night down a tenth of a point. Once Upon a Time (1.9 adults) was down two-tenths of a point in its winter finale, and Revenge (1.5 adults) dropped by one-tenth. Betrayal (0.8 adults) was up from the previous episode by a tenth. ABC took a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 5.7 million viewers for the night.