By Lynette Rice
Updated January 10, 2011 at 05:50 PM EST
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Image Credit: Fox; Justin Lubin/NBC; CBSA football overrun on Fox paid dividends (and how) to the network’s Animation Domination Lineup on Sunday: The Simpsons posted its highest-rated episode this season (5.7 rating/14 share) in adults 18-49 (with 12.6 million viewers) while the debut of Bob’s Burgers earned a 4.5/11 – up 45% versus the debut of The Cleveland Show on Sept. 26. It lured 9.4 million viewers.

As a result, Fox easily won the night among adults 18-49 (7.1/17) and viewers (17.4 million), according to fast nationals. Family Guy earned a 4.7/11 and Cleveland a 3.5/8. Each 18-49 ratings point equals 1.3 million viewers.

ABC was second for the night in the demo (2.6/7), with America’s Funniest Home Videos posting a 1.8/5 and 7.5 viewers, followed by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.6/6, 9.1 million), Desperate Housewives (3.8/9, 12.6 million) and Brothers and Sisters (2.3/6, 8.3 million). ABC finished the night third in viewers (9.4 million).

CBS was third in 18-49 (2.2/6) and second in viewers (10.2 million), with 60 Minutes earning a 1.6/4 and 10.4 million viewers, followed by CSI: Miami (2.5/6, 11.8 million), Undercover Boss (3.0/7, 11.5 million), and a repeat of Criminal Minds.

NBC was fourth in the demo (1.8/5) and viewers (7 million), with the premiere of Dateline earning a 1.1/3 and 5.6 million viewers. The low-rated lead-in didn’t seem to spoil the two-hour premiere of The Cape: The sexy David Lyons attracted 8.3 million viewers and a 2.6/6 in the demo. That’s a 19 percent boost in viewers for the timeslot. It also ranked No. 2 in the timeslot among men 18-34 and men 18-49, so the dudes definitely seemed to appreciate its comic book sensibility (for more, check out Ken Tucker’s review here).

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