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Ratings: Football tops improved Emmys

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CBS’ presentation of the Emmys improved on last year’s ratings by about a million viewers, but NBC’s Sunday Night Football still came out far ahead, averaging 21.7 million viewers to the Emmys’ 13.3 million. The Giants vs. Cowboys matchup, though, was particularly tough competition, logging the largest overnight household rating for a prime-time NFL game in 11 years. The two huge events rendered programming on other networks mostly moot, and NBC easily logged a victory for the night.

The Peacock had a decent rest of the weekend as well, scoring on Friday with Dateline (7.4 million viewers) and The Jay Leno Show (with 7.7 million viewers, down significantly from its debut but still respectable for the dead-zone night). Football won Saturday for ABC, tackling 6.2 million viewers.

Here, a look at Sunday’s lineup:

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
7 p.m. Football Night in America (NBC)

American Dad (Fox)

King Kong (ABC)


3.9 (repeat)


7:30 p.m. The Simpsons (Fox) 3.9 (repeat)
8 p.m. NBC Sunday Night Football (NBC)

The 61st Prime Time Emmy Awards (CBS)

The Simpsons (Fox)

The Beautiful Life (The CW)



5.1 (repeat)

1.0 (repeat)

8:30 p.m. The Simpsons (Fox) 5.5 (repeat)
9 p.m. Family Guy (Fox)

Melrose Place (The CW)

5.5 (repeat)

.7 (repeat)

9:30 p.m. American Dad (Fox) 4.5 (repeat)