‘Sunday Night Football’ featuring the Dallas Cowboys getting beat by the New Orleans Saints brought NBC victory on Sunday despite a strong push by CBS, which had a 45 minute football overrun that won the early prime slot. Despite this, NBC’s pigskin onslaught, long a dominating platform in prime time in the Fall, won the evening. At 7P, ‘Football Night in America’ drew 5.88 million while at 730P it jumped up to 9.42 million. At 8P, before the game began, it increased viewership to 14.6 million, still running #2 to CBS in the first three half hours of the evening. But then at 830P it jumped to the top with 19.3 million viewing ‘Saturday Night Football’. It remained #1 for the balance of the evening.
On CBS, thanks to the NFL overrun, at 7P The Tiffany Network drew 21.95 million while at 730P in continued strong with 18.01 million viewers. ’60 Minutes’ at 8P, long the cornerstone of CBS Sundays, drew 15.14 million. At 9P, ‘The Amazing Race’ pulled in 9.04 million while at 10P, ‘The Good Wife’ upped the ante to 10.18 million viewers. Because of the NFL overrun, for the second week in a row, ‘The Mentalist’ was aired outside of prime time in the Eastern and Central time zones.
On cable, specifically on AMC, ‘Walking Dead’ continued its powerful showing by pulling in 12.2 million viewers. It was the top drama of the evening. On the National Geographic Channel, ‘Killing Kennedy’ scored the highest episode viewership in the network’s history, as 3.4 million viewers tuned in at 8P. On E!, ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s’ season finale brought in 2.3 million viewers at 9P. At 10P, ‘Total Divas’ pulled in 1.3 million.
ABC began the evening with ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ at 7P and drew 6.97 million viewers, good for #2 but then it faded as ‘Once Upon A Time’ came on at 8P and could only draw 6.63 million. ‘Revenge’ at 9P pulled in 5.5 million while ‘Betrayal’ at 10P fell to 3.25 million viewers.
FOX led off with a rerun of ‘Bob’s Burgers’ at 7P with 3.66 million and followed with another rerun of ‘American Dad’ at 730P. At 8P, ‘The Simpsons’ was again the top program for the evening on FOX as it drew 4.27 million. An original episode of ‘Bob’s Burgers’ at 830P drew 3.22 million. At 9P, ‘Family Guy’ fell slightly to 4.16 million while at 930P, a first run episode of ‘American Dad’ drew only 3.52 million.
For the record, NBC finished #1 with 15.797 million viewers and a 10.2 rating which represented a 16 share. CBS was #2 with 13.136 million and a 9.4/15; ABC drew 5.589 million for the evening, good for a 3.6/6 and FOX finished last with 3.586 million average viewers delivering a 2.4/4.
ACROSS THE POND: BBC One’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ was the Sunday winner in the UK as it drew an impressive 10.31 million viewers (39.9% of the audience share) as Julien Macdonald was booted out of the dancing competition at 715P. But after that, the network took a dive. ‘The Paradise’ at 8P brought in 4.72 million (18.9%) while at 9P, ‘Richard Hammond Builds a Universe’ drew only 1.55 million (6.0%).
ITV had a good night and powered to #1 for the evening. Beginning with ‘Surprise, Surprise’ at 7P, 3.79 million (14.3%) tuned in. But the network’s ‘The X Factor’ at 8P, once the top show, fell to the #3 position with 8.94 million (34.1%). At 9P, ‘Downton Abbey’ finished #2 for the evening with 9.64 in its season finale good for a 38.9% share.
BBC Two didn’t fare much better. ‘Africa 2013’ brought in 1.9 million (7.2%) at 8P while at 9P, ‘The Great Continental Railway Journey’ dropped a bit to 1.56 million (6%).
Channel 4 with ‘Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy’ found 1.64 million viewers (6.3%) at 8P, the US import ‘Homeland’ pushed the total up to 1.73 million (8.7%) at 9P.
Channel 5 presented movies, first ‘Rush Hour’ at 7P in a counter programming move that could only bring in 857,000 viewers (3.3%) and at 9P ‘Justice’ which brought 893,000 viewers (4.0%).
BBC Three’s ‘Family Guy’ at 10P had 978,000 viewers (4.2%).
SKy 1 had ‘The Moaning of Life’ with Karl Pilkington draw only 533,000 at 9P.
ITV 2’s ‘The Xtra Factor’ brought in 698,000 viewers at 9P, good for 2.7%). ‘TOWIE’ at 10P was viewed by the same amount or 698,000 viewers at 10P.
PROGRAMMING NOTE: MTV and Major League Baseball (MLB) have agreed on a multi-year, cross-platform programming partnership that will feature MLB athletes and celebrities across MTV’s platforms. First up will be a new weekly MTV2 show executive produced Red Sox All-Star and 2013 World Series MVP David Ortiz and Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Andrew McCutchen slated for April 2014. Content from the new partnership, which will include specials and weekend programming, will appear on-air and online across MTV”s channels and platforms — MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams.
LIVE+7 RATINGS (For week of October 21-27 the Fifth Week of the 2013-14 Season): ‘The Blacklist’ (NBC) gained 6,204 million viewers (59% increase) resulting in a total of 16,641 million viewers for the week; ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (CBS) gained 5,990 million viewers (35% gain) for a total of 22,975 million viewers for the week, the top program; ‘Castle’ (ABC) added 4,667 million viewers (44% gain in viewership) for a total of 15,259 million viewers for the week; ‘Elementary’ (CBS) gained 4,448 million additional viewers over the week to bring its total to 13,165 million; ‘Person Of Interest’ (CBS) completes the top five LIVE+7 programs with an addition of 4,159 million viewers bringing the total viewers for the week to 17,330 million.
DIGITAL NOTE: AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ was again the #1 most talked about on Twitter for the week ending November 3, 2013 as it attracted 4.25 million distinct accounts viewing any of the 359,000 tweets generated from the episode. ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ finished second overall with 2.24 million distinct accounts viewing any of the generated 59,300 tweets.
No matter where they were, while viewing television on Sunday evening, people were…
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