Viewers reached for the comfort food of CBS’ 60 Minutes and NBC’s Minnesota-Arizona football matchup on a wintry Sunday night, according to early Nielsen estimates. NBC won the evening, as usual, thanks to Sunday Night Football; the Eye Net’s Cold Case, however, continued to fade, dropping 1.2 million viewers since its last airing. ABC’s Desperate Housewives, meanwhile, scored with its much-promoted plane crash episode, soaring up 2 million viewers since its last episode. During the rest of the weekend, CBS continued to reign on Friday on the strength of Ghost Whisperer (8.2 million), Medium (7 million), and Numb3rs (7.4 million); Fox’s Dollhouse earned its cancellation with a dismal 1.9 million, and The Jay Leno Show struggled, as usual, with 4.8 million.

TimeShowViewers (in millions)

7 p.m.

60 Minutes (CBS)


8 p.m.

Sunday Night Football (NBC)


8:30 p.m.

The Simpsons (Fox)

5.6 (repeat)

9 p.m.

Desperate Housewives (ABC)


9:30 p.m.

American Dad (Fox)

4.4 (repeat)

10 p.m.

Brothers & Sisters (ABC)