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[10/29/12 - 08:39 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, NBC Share Top Honors with World Series, NFL
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

nielsen ratings
(fast national numbers for sunday, october 28, 2012)

Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks last night:

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the nature of live sports, Fast Nationals for FOX and NBC are unreliable and should not be used.]

FOX (17.32 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Sunday with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (28.21 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.9, #1), "The OT" (27.78 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 9.8, #2) and the "World Series, Game 4" (13.76 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.2, #5).

NBC (14.29 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.6, #T1) then shared the demo crown with its lineup of "Football Night in America #1" (5.28 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.9, #10), "Football Night in America #2" (6.58 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 2.5, #8), "Football Night in America #3" (12.61 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 4.9, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.17 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.3, #3).

Next up was ABC (7.25 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and its original combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.52 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T14), "Once Upon a Time" (9.66 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 3.4, #6), "Revenge" (8.05 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.7, #7) and "666 Park Avenue" (4.77 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "60 Minutes" (10.80 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #13), "The Amazing Race 21" (9.38 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.4, #9), "The Good Wife" (9.54 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T11) and "The Mentalist" (10.09 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T11) closed out the night on CBS (9.95 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
23.08% - America's Funniest Home Videos
5.00% - Sunday Night Football
4.35% - The Amazing Race 21
3.03% - Once Upon a Time
-3.57% - Revenge
-5.26% - The Good Wife
-10.00% - The Mentalist (vs. 10/14/12)
-11.11% - 666 Park Avenue
-51.43% - 60 Minutes

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+33.33% - America's Funniest Home Videos (vs. Once Upon a Time (Repeat))
-10.00% - The Good Wife
-10.00% - The Mentalist (vs. CSI: Miami)
-12.82% - Once Upon a Time
-12.90% - Revenge (vs. Desperate Housewives)
-15.79% - 666 Park Avenue (vs. Pan Am)
-17.24% - The Amazing Race 21
-23.17% - Sunday Night Football
-59.52% - 60 Minutes


Here are the highlights of the 15 ad-sustained programs that aired in primetime on the broadcast networks one year ago (10/30/11):

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to NFL overrun in 31% of the country, Fast Nationals for FOX are approximate from 7-730p. Due to NFL, Fast Nationals for NBC and CBS are approximate. CBS primetime began at 7:29p with prime sliding.]

NBC (16.77 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1) was the network to beat last night thanks to a new "Sunday Night Football" (20.17 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 8.2, #2). Leading off the night were its weekly pre-game specials "Football Night in America #1" (7.02 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T12), "Football Night in America #2" (11.16 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 4.4, #4) and "Football Night in America #3" (15.14 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 5.9, #3).

CBS (14.52 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.7, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (27.92 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.1, #1), "60 Minutes" (18.26 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.2, #5), "The Amazing Race" (10.94 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.9, #10), "The Good Wife" (10.19 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T15) and "CSI: Miami" (9.47 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T15).

Next up was ABC (7.93 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) with an encore of "Once Upon a Time" (5.20 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.2, #19) followed by week two of "Once Upon a Time" (11.64 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.9, #7) and new episodes of "Desperate Housewives" (9.28 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 3.1, #9) and "Pan Am" (5.59 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T17).

And finally, repeats of "The Cleveland Show" (4.84 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T17) and "The Simpsons" (5.41 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 2.5, #11) led into a new "The Simpsons" (8.01 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 4.0, #6), the premiere of "Allen Gregory" (4.74 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T12), a new "Family Guy" (5.97 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 3.2, #8) and a special "The Cleveland Show" (4.63 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 2.3, #14) on FOX (5.60 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4).

Week-to-week changes (adults 18-49):
+78.26% - Sunday Night Football
+68.00% - 60 Minutes
+33.33% - The Simpsons (vs. 10/2/11)
+7.41% - The Amazing Race
+5.56% - Pan Am
+3.33% - Desperate Housewives
0.00% - Once Upon a Time
0.00% - The Good Wife
-4.76% - CSI: Miami
-8.57% - Family Guy (vs. 10/2/11)
-11.54% - The Cleveland Show (vs. 10/2/11)

Year-to-year changes (adults 18-49):
+162.50% - 60 Minutes
+116.67% - Once Upon a Time (vs. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition)
+24.24% - Sunday Night Football
+16.00% - The Amazing Race
+5.82% - The Simpsons (vs. World Series, Game 4)
-11.43% - Desperate Housewives
-15.34% - Family Guy (vs. World Series, Game 4)
-17.39% - Pan Am (vs. Brothers & Sisters)
-23.08% - CSI: Miami
-32.20% - The Good Wife (vs. Undercover Boss)
-36.51% - Allen Gregory (vs. World Series, Game 4)
-39.15% - The Cleveland Show (vs. World Series, Game 4)

Source: Nielsen Media Research





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