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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:

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

7 p.m.

NFL overrun (Fox)

16.7

7:30 p.m.

OT (Fox)

9.0

8 p.m.

Sunday Night Football (NBC)

16.2

8:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Show (Fox)

7.2

9 p.m.

Desperate Housewives (ABC)

12.6

9:30 p.m.

American Dad (Fox)

6.4

10 p.m.

Brothers & Sisters (ABC)

8.8

Source: Nielsen

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