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Ratings: Football keeps NBC, Fox in the game

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Sunday Night Football boosted NBC’s Sunday night ratings to winning levels as usual, with the Patriots-Colts matchup on par with last week with 19.1 million viewers, according to early Nielsen estimates. Football juiced Fox as well, with late afternoon football running over into primetime and bumping The Cleveland Show up by 11 percent, Family Guy by 8 percent, and American Dad by 33 percent (after special its early-evening scheduling last week). CBS continues to fade on Sundays with Cold Case losing more than a quarter of its audience from the same week last year; though it was up 1 million from last week, the Eye still came in a rare last place for the night.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
7 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS)

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)

Football Night in America (NBC)

12.3

8.5

7.4

8 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC)

The Amazing Race XV (CBS)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

The Simpsons (Fox)

19.1

11.6

11.6

9.0

8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (Fox) 7.0
9 p.m. Desperate Housewives (ABC)

Three Rivers (CBS)

Family Guy (Fox)

14.4

8.5

8.3

9:30 p.m. American Dad (Fox) 6.0
10 p.m. Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

Cold Case (CBS)

10.2

9.2

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