9:22am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Simpsons' Rises With 'Futurama' Crossover
Fox's animated crossovers are serving it well this season. After a solid lead-in from football on Sunday night, the network aired The Simpsons' crossover episode with late sister series Futurama. It was the top-rated entertainment series of the night. The cartoon rose nearly a full point to a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49 in live-plus-same-day ratings, also pulling 6.6 million viewers.
The night's big winner was NBC's Sunday Night Football. Ahead of time zone adjustments and final returns, the game pulled a preliminary 6.2 rating in the key demo. That's for a game that saw the Green Bay Packers steamroll the Chicago Bears 55 to 14.
Fox's block came in second place in the key demo. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.8 adults) was steady with its most recent episode, while Family Guy (1.8 adults) returned from a short break off seven-tenths of a point from its last outing. Mulaney (0.9 adults) was up by two-tenths.
America's Funniest Home Videos (1.5 adults) was up three-tenths of a point on ABC. (The 25-year-old clip show outrated Resurrection and Revenge this week.) Once Upon a Time held steady with a 2.5 rating in the key demo, while Resurrection (1.2 adults) fell two-tenths and Revenge (1.3 adults) also held.
On CBS, the lack of a big football lead-in — like the one it saw last week — saw 60 Minutes (1.5 adults) drop two-tenths of a point in the key demo. Madam Secretary and The Good Wife both earned a 1.4 rating in the key demo, though for the former that meant a four-tenths of a point drop. CSI (1.2 adults) was off by two-tenths.