With NBC’s Sunday Night Football ending its season last week and Fox getting a massive NFL Wild Card runover, Fox posted its first Sunday ratings victory this season highlighted by the strong premiere of new animated comedy Bob’s Burgers. Bob’s Burgers (4.5/11 in adults 18-49) was sandwiched between The Simpsons (5.7/14) and Family Guy (4.7/11). With the NFL overrun (13.0/34) and overtime (11.0/28) as a lead-in, The Simpsons, Family Guys as well as Cleveland (3.5/8), in its new post-Family Guy slot, hit season highs, and Bob’s Burgers delivered the highest-rated new series debut on any network this season in the 18-49 demo.
Following a two-hour Dateline (1.1/3), which was down 21% from its comparable telecast last January but built 114% from 7 to 9:30 PM, the two-hour preview of new drama The Cape drew a 2.6/6 in 18-49, a non-spectacular but solid opening, keeping steady throughout the 9-11Pm period and finishing second in the male demographics. At 10 PM, The Cape ranked first in 18-49.
ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.8/5) was down 14% from last week; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.6/6) was down 4%; Desperate Housewives (3.8/9) and Brothers & Sisters (2.3/6) were flat.
CBS’ 60 Minutes (1.6/4) was down 24%; CSI: Miami (2.5/6) was up 14% as it is settling in the new 8 PM slots and benefited from the departure of football from Sunday’s primetime; Undercover Boss (3.0/7) was flat. A Criminal Minds rerun (1.8/5) aired at 10 PM.
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