NBC's Sunday Night Football received a considerable boost over last week's performance to further solidify its dominance on Sunday night, according to preliminary numbers.
NBC, which typically wins the night with Sunday Night Football, increased its lead over the competition last night thanks to a greatly increased performance of SNF. Following three consecutive episodes of Football Night in America from 7 to 8:30, which drew a 2.5/7 and 7.8 million total viewers, a 4.3/11 and 11.8 million, and a 6.2/15 in the demographic and 16.8 million, the network aired the game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys, which jumped 31 percent.
Sunday Night Football grabbed an 8.5/20, making it the best-rated programming of the night, and 22.5 million total viewers, which made it the most-watched program of the night. Overall, NBC's football coverage made it the highest-rated network of the night with an average 6.9/17 and the most- watched network, with an average 18.6 million total viewers.
CBS' numbers are approximate due to football coverage. NFL overrun at 7 pulled a 5.2/14 and 17.8 million total viewers. Football spillover and 60 Minutes split the 7:30-8:30 hour, drawing a combined 3.7/9 and 15.6 million total viewers. The 8:30-9:30 hour was split between the second half of 60 Minutes and the beginning of The Amazing Race finale, pulling a combined 3.2/8 in the demo and 11.8 million total viewers. The Amazing Race finale shared the 9:30-10:30 hour with The Good Wife, with a combined 2.4/5 and 11.2 million total viewers, while the 10:30 half hour was split between The Good Wife and CSI: Miami with a combined 2.0/5 in the demo and 11 million total viewers.
Following an America's Funniest Home Videos repeat at 7 p.m., ABC's Once Upon a Time at 8 slipped 9 percent compared to last week, taking a still-strong 2.9 rating/7 share but nonetheless hitting a low for the series, which premiered in October, with 8.9 million total viewers. The network closed the night with the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which pulled a 1.3/3 and 3.7 million total viewers.
Following repeats of Bob's Burgers and The Cleveland Show on Fox, The Simpsons at 8 was down from last week, which benefited greatly from an NFL lead-in, slipping 25 percent to a 3.0/7, with 6.4 million total viewers. The Cleveland Show had its time-period premiere at 8:30, dropping 8 percent from last week's airing with a 2.3/5 and 4.9 million total viewers. Family Guy dropped 14 percent., taking a 3.1/7 and 6 million total viewers, but the network closed out the night on a bright note with American Dad, which grew 14 percent compared to its last airing two weeks ago, grabbing a 2.5/6 with 4.9 million total viewers.