NBC began the extended Sunday prime time evening at 7P with ‘Football Night in America’ against severe football competition drawing 7.47 million viewers and at 730P, viewership grew to 10.67 million increasing then took a leading position at 8P with 18.83 million in preparation of the 14th meeting between Payton Manning and Tom Brady, arguably two of the best three quarterbacks in the game. Then at 830P, ‘Sunday Night Football’ began and drew an average of 23.99 million throughout the game which finished well after Midnight (ET). The main reason for the lower than expected total was due to the quick blowout by the visiting Denver Broncos led by Manning, to a 24-0 lead at half-time. Fans in the stands even left from Foxboro, the suburb of Boston. Then, as if scripted, Brady led the New England Patriots to another victory over a Payton Manning led team. If this explosion by New England would have happened in the first half, ratings would have gone through the roof. It finished 4.5 million viewers ahead of last year’s comparable day.
ABC began with ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ and was dead last with 6.69 million at 7P. Then at 8P, ‘The American Music Awards’ drew 12.9 million viewers for the remainder of the evening, making ABC a surprising competitor on this Sunday evening, well above its normal showing. The Alphabet Network finished 900,000 viewers ahead of last year’s comparable day numbers.
CBS, once the powerhouse of Sunday television before the days of football on Sunday night, led off at 7P with its leading news program, ’60 Minutes’ which drew a #2 11.03 million viewers. At 8P, ‘The Amazing Race’ drew The Tiffany Network’s lowest totals of the evening with 7.99 million viewers. But the revitalized ‘The Good Wife’ increased the total viewership to 9.5 million with a fun episode, establishing the lead as powerful force on her own as she builds her own struggling firm and the introduction of a most interesting new lawyer on the other side. The inclusion of Jeffrey Tambor as the judge is brilliant as he adds enormous wit and likeability to the show. Then at 10P, the conclusion of the ‘Red John’ arc finally comes to an end as the star’s character finally get his man, the murderer of his wife and daughter. A moving episode which had a big 10.62 audience and the beginning of a new look and feel to the show for the future, everything will be changed the next time we see Patrick Jane and the gang. One additional thought: the strength of the team was never more represented when they came together to free Jane from the FBI. Each of the four characters showed their true colors and collectively came to the aid of a family member. The Tiffany Network finished down 700,000 viewers from last year on this day. This third place finish by CBS creates a nagging problem as it dominates from Tuesday through Friday, and if they have a good football game, on Saturday. But Sunday and Monday, they have a problem.
FOX had an enormous overrun to its NFL game at 7P drawing 22.03 million as the New York Giants lost in the last second to the former ‘America’s Team’, now just another team from Texas, with a field goal. At 730P, ‘OT’ brought in 17.57 million. At 8P, ‘The Simpson’s’ could only draw 6.65 million viewers while at 830P, ‘Bob’s Burger’ drew 4.02 million and at 9P, ‘Family Guy’ was viewed by 4.51 million. At 930P, ‘American Dad’ drew 3.81 million, the low point of the evening for the Animal Network of Broadcast. However, due to the overrun, FOX drew nearly 600,000 more viewers on this day than the similar day in 2012.
On cable, AMC drew an average of 5.635 million viewers in prime time on Sunday as it’s #1 program, ‘Walking Dead’ at 9P drew 11.293 million viewers. TBS’ presentation of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ drew 2.255 million at 8P. Bravo with various ‘Housewives of’ drew an average of 2.140 million viewers. USA Network with a marathon of ‘N.C.I.S.’ reruns drew a four hour average of 1.915 million viewers.
For the record, NBC was #1 with 19.612 million viewers and an 11.3 rating and a 17 share. ABC was #2 with 11.37 million viewers and a 6.6 rating and 10 share. CBS finished in third place on a Sunday evening, an unusual position for The Tiffany Network with 9.782 million viewers and a 6.2/9 share. FOX was #4 with 9.766 million viewers, only 16,000 viewers behind the once mighty CBS, and a 5.7/8; AMC was #5 with 5.635 million viewers; Univision was #6 with 1.8/3 while Telemundo finished with a below average 0.6/1.
ACROSS THE POND:
ITV shocked the world of UK television on Sunday evening as it bounced BBC’s powerful #1 show, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, making ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’ the new #1 with 10.6 million viewers and a 42.4% share of audience between 9P-1030P. At 8P, ‘The X Factor’ finished with 9.1 million viewers (17.9%), beating BBC One’s ‘Paradise’.
BBC One brought out it top gun at 720P, ‘Strictly’ and drew 10 million viewers (39%), easily winning that time period. After ‘Paradise’ with 4.8 million (17.9%), at 9P, ‘Britain and the Sea’ drew 2.9 million viewers (10.8%).
Channel 4 was #3 for the evening behind ‘Homeland’ which drew 1.9 million viewers (6.6%) at 9P. At 1030P, ‘Matt Berry’s ‘Toast of London’ came to an end with 273,000 viewers (1.7%)
BBC Two at 9P had ‘Morecambe and Wise: the Whole Story’ had 2.8 million watch (10.8%).
Channel 5 documentary “Hitler’s 9/11′ drew 764,000 viewers (2.9%) but ‘Annie Clause is Coming to Town’ drew 1.4 million (6.6%) at 5:15P.
So, no matter where one was watching television on Sunday evening, people were…
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