Primetime Ratings: Pats Lose, NBC Wins

Huge number tunes in to see if NFL champ could stay undefeated

The Patriots fell, as did the Denver snow, but NBC was the big winner, taking the Sunday broadcast title with Sunday Night Football scoring a noisy 6.2 rating in viewers 18-49, per Nielsen overnights, and a 17 share. That includes the pre-game progam.

CBS rode an NFL overrun to a second place finish at 3.0/8, then ABC at 1.1/3 and Fox at 0.7/2.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecast was up 26% over last week, with the previously undefeated New England Patriots drawing abundant interest.

CBS’ 60 Minutes averaged a 2.5, 67% up on last week’s figure thanks to football and some breathtaking visuals of skiing/parachuting down the Eiger peak in the Swiss Alps. Madam Secretary was up 9% to 1.2, and The Good Wife showed a flat 0.9.

ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos was down 9% at 1.0, then Once Upon a Time rated a 1.3, down 19% from two weeks ago. Blood & Oil was up 13% to a 0.9 while Quantico was down 8% from two weeks ago to 1.2. ABC ran the American Music Awards the previous Sunday.  

Fox featured Breakthrough Prize’15 at a 0.4, followed by repeats.