Baseball Drives FOX To #1 On Sunday. ITV #1 In UK.

Over 30 million viewers enjoyed television on Sunday and the power of baseball, at least the World Series, shined. Going head-to-head with Sunday Night Football where the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings in a black & blue division contest, 44-31, Boston’s victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2, matched up every half hour. At 8P, baseball on FOX finished ahead of NBC’s ‘Football Night in America’ 16.29 million viewers to 11.88 million. At 830P, FOX drew 16.98 million to NBC’s 15.92 million. At 9P, NBC with ‘Sunday Night Football’ jumped ahead with 16.26 million while baseball on FOX dropped to 14.34. But at 930P, FOX reversed that blip and drew 15.43 while NBC dropped to 14.52. At 10P, baseball hit high gear with FOX drawing 15.39 million while NBC’s Packer/Viking contest drew 14.71 million and finally at 1030P, FOX took the final half hour with 13.87 million viewers to NBC’s 13.11 million, down 11% from the comparable day last year. Overall, FOX drew 15.98 million viewers on average over the night while NBC managed 10.13 million viewers for ‘Sunday Night Football’. FOX will have another baseball vs football match up on Monday as Game #5 is up against ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’. Game on.

During this sporting battle there was also some distant challenges from CBS as their traditional Sunday lineup drew expected numbers. AT 7P, ’60 Minutes’ drew 10.08 million, good for #2 in that time slot. AT 8P, ‘The Amazing Race’ dropped to #3 with 8.11 million viewers. At 9P, ‘The Good Wife’ had a very good bounce-back week with 9.35 million viewers in one of the best episodes in this series history. If you did not get to see this episode, it is a good reason to see it On Demand. At 10P, ‘The Mentalist’ (down 27.78% compared to what it did last season on this comparable day) dropped to 8.82 milion in its never-ending quest to find out who ‘Red John’ really is. If they get rid of Red John, this program might have a chance of rebounding in the ratings.

On ABC, , ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ drew 6.12 million at 7P; ‘Once Upon A Time’ with 7.23 million at 8P and ‘Revenge’ (down 37.5% compared to last year on this day) with 5.71 million at 9P. With ‘Betrayal’ (down 44.4% from last season at this time) at 10P, drawing only 3.30 milion viewers’, ABC fell off the board.

For the record, FOX was #1 with 16.682 million viewers (down 600,000 vs last year) and a 9.9 rating and a 15 share. NBC was #2 with 12.31 million (down nearly 2 million compared to last year) and a 7.2/11; CBS was #3 with 9.11 million viewers (down 840,000 compared to last year on this day) a 5.8/9; ABC #4 with 5.546 million (down 1.7 million vs last season on this day) and a 3.4/5; Univision finished #5 with 2.9 million viewers and a 1.5/2 while Telemundo #6 with 1.1 million viewers and a 0.5 rating and 1 share.

Across The Pond: BBC had the Sunday winner once again as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ results show was #1 with 9.6 million viewers, good for 37.8% of the audience share at 720P. But the power of ITV’s ‘Downton Abbey’ was #2 with 9.3 million viewers at 9P with 34.5% and their ‘The X Factor’ results show drew 9.1 million (34.5%) at 8P, made the network #1. BBC2’s ‘Great Continental Railway Journeys’ drew 2.4 million viewers (9.1%) at 8P. Channel 4’s ‘Homeland’ at 9P continued to fall with only 1.6 million viewers, down 300,000 from last week. ITV’s ‘Prize Island’ drew 1.5 million at 540P. Overall, ITV was #1 for the evening while BBC had the top program.

All over the world, people were…

Switching Channels!

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