TV Ratings: Green Bay Packers’ rout leads NBC Sunday domination

Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 9, 2014.

The Green Bay Packers handed the Chicago Bears one of the worst losses in franchise history and helped Sunday Night Football and NBC dominate the primetime competition.

With NBC in control despite the lopsided score, the other networks were mostly within normal ranges on Sunday. 

ABC, for example, saw “Resurrection” drop a little and “Revenge” rise a bit, week to week, while NFL overrun gave a boost to FOX's entire lineup, from “The Simpsons” crossover with “Futurama” through to “Mulaney.” [It would be downright silly to suggest that the “Futurama” crossover played much role in the week-to-week bump for “The Simpsons,” but others may do so if they choose.]

All ratings are, of course, preliminary and likely to change with NBC, FOX and CBS, preempted 17 minutes in several major markets, all impacted by live football.

On to the numbers…

Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 5.1 rating for Sunday night, easily topping the key demographic. FOX was second with a 2.6 key demo rating for the night, followed by ABC's 1.6 rating and the 1.4 rating for CBS.

Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 14.51 million viewers and an 8.5 rating/14 share for Sunday primetime, comfortably ahead of the 10.98 million viewers and 7.0/11 for CBS. There was a big drop to FOX's 6.665 million viewers and 4.0/6, which topped ABC's 5.96 million viewers and 3.5/6.

7 p.m. – CBS led the 7 p.m. hour overall with 12.035 million viewers for “60 Minutes” (and some football), finishing tied for third with a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49. FOX's NFL overrun and postgame averaged 11.92 million viewers and an hour-winning 4.2 key demo rating for the hour. NBC's “Football Night in America” was third with 7.58 million viewers and second with a 2.5 key demo rating. ABC's “America's Funniest Home Videos” averaged 6.62 million viewers and a 1.5 key demo rating for the hour.

8 p.m. – The conclusion of “Football Night in America” and the start of the Bears-Packers domination led NBC to victory in the 8 p.m. hour with 17.52 million viewers and a 6.1 rating among adults 18-49. CBS' “Madam Secretary” was second with 12.59 million viewers and fourth with a 1.4 key demo rating. ABC's “Once Upon a Time” was third with 7.41 million viewers and second with a 2.5 key demo rating, in line with last week's totals. FOX followed with “The Simpsons” (6.59 million viewers) and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (3.96 million and a 1.8 key demo).

9 p.m. – Sunday Night Football rose to 18.48 million viewers and a 6.6 rating among adults 18-49 for NBC, ruling the 9 p.m. hour. CBS' “The Good Wife” was second with 10.69 million viewers and tied for second with a 1.4 key demo rating. ABC's “Resurrection” averaged 4.54 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating, compared to FOX's “Family Guy” (3.6 million and a 1.8 key demo) and “Mulaney” (2.005 million and a 0.9 key demo rating).

10 p.m. – NBC's football coverage slipped to 14.48 million viewers and a 5.4 rating among adults 18-49 to lead the 10 p.m. hour. CBS' “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” was second with 8.59 million and third with a 1.2 key demo rating, compared to the 5.24 million viewers and 1.3 key demo rating for ABC's “Revenge.”

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.