TV Ratings: CBS, FOX Split Sunday
Viewer crown goes to CBS while FOX wins the demo derby
'The Amazing Race' host Phil Keoghan
A made-for-TV movie helped CBS hold off FOX and take the overall ratings title Sunday night.
CBS averaged a 7.6 rating/12 share for the night, a little better than second-place FOX's 6.7/10. ABC was a close third at 6.6/10, and NBC came in fourth with a 6.1/9. The CW, as usual, was way off the pace at 1.0/1.
FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 4.6 rating. ABC took second at 3.7, just ahead of NBC, 3.6. CBS averaged 2.8 and The CW 0.5.
FOX's late-afternoon NFL coverage and "The OT" scored an 11.5/18 at 7 p.m., easily topping "60 Minutes," 8.9/14, on CBS. ABC got a 3.5/6 from the special "Ty Pennington: Behind the Scenes," which was good enough to beat the 3.0/5 for "Football Night in America" on NBC. The CW aired a "Jericho" rerun.
"Sunday Night Football," 7.0/11, moved NBC into the lead at 8 p.m. The season finale of "The Amazing Race" drew a 6.3/10 for CBS, edging the 6.2/10 for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on ABC. FOX dropped to fourth with the "BCS Selection Show," 5.8/9, and "The Simpsons," 3.8/6. The CW went with the movie "The Cutting Edge."
"Desperate Housewives," 9.9/15, moved ABC into the lead at 9 p.m. NBC's NFL game improved to 7.7/11. The CBS movie "Front of the Class" took third at 7.1/10. Reruns of "Family Guy" and "American Dad" kept FOX in fourth, while The CW's movie finished with a 1.1/2.
At 10 p.m., "Front of the Class" moved CBS to the front of the pack with an 8.0/13. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters," 6.9/11, narrowly beat "Sunday Night Football," 6.7/11, for second.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.