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Ratings: Football a boon for Fox, CBS

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Football saved an otherwise sleepy holiday weekend for television, according to early Nielsen estimates. Fox’s late-afternoon game boosted its prime-time lineup (The Simpsons was up 2 million viewers over last week, while Family Guy and American Dad were up 1.1 million). And Sunday Night Football won the night for NBC with its Pittsburgh-Baltimore matchup drawing 16.2 million viewers. As for the rest of the weekend, ABC dominated Saturday night with, yes, more football (averaging 6 million viewers), and Fox took a rare Friday victory with an airing of Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (4.8 million).

Here, a look at Sunday’s lineup:

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
7 p.m. NFL overrun (Fox)

60 Minutes (CBS)

America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)

Football Night in America (NBC)

16.7

14.3

8.3

7.3

7:30 p.m. OT (Fox) 9.0
8 p.m. Sunday Night Football (NBC)

The Amazing Race XV (CBS)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)

The Simpsons (Fox)

16.2

11.7

10.3

9.0

8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (Fox) 7.2
9 p.m. Desperate Housewives (ABC)

A Dog Named Christmas (CBS)

Family Guy (Fox)

12.6

12.3

8.5

9:30 p.m. American Dad (Fox) 6.4
10 p.m. Brothers & Sisters (ABC) 8.8

Source: Nielsen

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