Regularly scheduled programming was no match for major sporting events this weekend, with the Yankees’ playoff-clinching victory over the Angels winning Sunday night for Fox with 14.8 million viewers, according to early estimates from Nielsen. NBC’s Sunday Night Football was in the game as well with 12.8 million viewers. Saturday Night Football on ABC pulled in 4.4 million viewers, though it was no match for CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery‘s 5.8 million. The Eye net killed on Friday as well with its unstoppable Ghost Whisperer/Medium/Numb3rs combination (averaging 8.3 million for the night), which the likes of Fox’s ‘Til Death (2 million) and ABC’s relocated Ugly Betty (4.5 million, down 500,000 from its season premiere last week) couldn’t match.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

7 p.m.

60 Minutes (CBS)


8 p.m.

2009 American League Baseball Playoffs (Fox)


9 p.m.

Desperate Housewives (ABC)


10 p.m.

Brothers & Sisters (ABC)