8:35am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' Rebounds With Seahawks-Cardinals Tie
There was at least some good news out of this week's unfulfilling outing of Sunday Night Football, which ended in a tie — the ratings rose.
NBC's NFL marquee matchup, which has seen dips from its more dominant seasons, rose 22 percent on Sunday Night when the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals battled their way through overtime and ultimately finished with a tie 6-6 score.
The game scored a 11.6 rating among households, easily the best score for the primetime franchise since September. It should also be noted that the growth comes as the broadcast network's faced Sunday's likely formidable return of The Walking Dead.
NFL overrun aided CBS in scoring No. 2 status among the broadcast networks. 60 Minutes surged with a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 16.1 million viewers, followed by new outings of NCIS: Los Angeles (also lifted with a 1.7 rating), Madam Secretary (1.1 adults) and Elementary (0.8 adults).
Once Upon a Time earned a 1.0 rating in the key demo on ABC, while Secrets and Lies and Quantico each fetched a 0.7 rating. And, on Fox, the animation block saw Bob's Burgers and The Simpsons each earn a 1.6 rating in the key demo. Son of Zorn (0.7 adults), Family Guy (1.2 adults) and Last Man on Earth (0.9 adults) followed, each seeing same-day dips from last week's NFL boost.