By Lynette Rice
Updated November 22, 2010 at 05:14 PM EST
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Sunday was a great night of TV for viewers but it was NFL football, not the American Music Awards, that folks flocked to the most. More than 17 million viewers tuned into NBC to watch divisional rivals, the Giants and the Eagles, play for first place in the NFC East. Besides total viewers, the network also won the night among adults 18-49 (6.6 rating/16 share), as well as in the adults 25-54 and male demos, according to preliminary results.

ABC was second in the demo (3.7/9) but third for the night in viewers (10.7 million), after the 38th Annual American Music Awards (4.3/11) dropped 22 percent from last year and earned its lowest-rated telecast ever. The show averaged 11.6 million viewers. Each 18-49 ratings point equals 1.3 million people.

CBS was third for the night in the demographic (3.4/8) but second in viewers (13.5 million), thanks to an NFL overrun that pushed into primetime and threw off the show starts. For example, the combination of The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss earned a 3.3/7 and 11.8 million viewers, while Boss and CSI: Miami scored a 2.4/6 and 11.0 million. Fox came in fourth in the demo (2.5/6) and 5.4 million, with all of its animated shows taking a dive because of the heavy competition. The net’s most-watched show was Family Guy (3.3/7, 6.5 million).

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