9:23am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'The Simpsons' Climbs as Blowout 'SNF' Holds Steady
All things considered, Sunday Night Football held up pretty well last night.
Steady for the third week in a row, the marquee primetime game managed to not lose any ratings steam despite a real blowout. The Seattle Seahawks trounced the Carolina Panthers 40-7 on NBC, earning an overnight 11.5 rating among households. In metered markets, that's essentially the same score the last two Sunday games have brought in — and a far cry from the highs that NBC and the NFL earned with last week's record-setting Thursday Night Football.
It was enough to win NBC the night, but NFL overrun served Fox very well. After the Game of the Week, Fox's comedy lineup surged. The Simpsons outpaced all other entertainment series for the night, earning a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49. Son of Zorn (1.3 adults), Family Guy (1.6 adults) and The Last Man on Earth (1.1 adults) followed.
On CBS, 60 Minutes took a hit without a late football lead-in — though its 1.5 rating in the key demo and 11.7 million viewers still served it quite nicely. The network took a pass on airing any original scripted series. After a new Once Upon a Time (0.9 adults), ABC aired back-to-back episodes of Secrets and Lies. The fall finale averaged a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 over the course of two hours.