Sunday Night Football surged a remarkable 78 percent Sunday night, while Fox's animated slate, led by The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episode, also showed strong gains, according to preliminary numbers.
The game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on NBC at 8:30 posted an 8.2 rating/19 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, with 20.1 million total viewers. Combined with three concurrent episodes of Football Night in America from 7 to 8:30, the network easily took an overall win for the night, posting an average 6.7/16 and 16.7 million total viewers.
At Fox, the night kicked off with repeats of The Cleveland Show and The Simpsons, followed by a new Simpsons at 8, which showed a 33 percent leap over its last original airing four weeks ago with a 4.0/10 and 8 million total viewers.
The series premiere of Jonah Hill's new animated offering Allen Gregory followed at 8:30, drawing a 2.4/6 and 4.7 million total viewers. Family Guy at 9 was down 9 percent compared to its last original airing four weeks ago, drawing a 3.2/7 and 5.9 million total viewers, while a repeat of The Cleveland Show rounded out the night at 9:30.
ABC's night began with a repeat of Once Upon a Time at 7, followed by a new episode at 8, which dipped slightly from its series premiere last week but still scored a strong 3.9/9 and 11.6 million total viewers. Desperate Housewives the following hour posted a 3.1/7 with 9.2 million total viewers, while the new series Pan Am grew 6 percent for a 1.9/5 and 5.5 million total viewers.
CBS started off with overrun from the New England Patriots-Pittsburgh Steelers game at 7, which was actually the night's top-rated and most-watched bit of programing, taking a 9.1/25 and 27.9 million total viewers. That helped push 60 Minutes at 7:30 to an 83 percent increase with a 4.2/11 and 18.2 million total viewers, though due to the nature of live sports ratings that number is very approximate.
The Amazing Race from 8:30 to 9:30 was up 7 percent with a 2.9/7 and 10.9 million total viewers. The Good Wife at 9:30 tied with last week's season low, drawing a 2.0/5 and 10.1 million total viewers. CSI: Miami closed the night at 10:30 down 5 percent with a 2.0/5 and 9.4 million total viewers.