Last night was a big letdown on broadcast TV following last Sunday’s blockbuster ratings for the Patriots-Broncos thriller on Sunday Night Football and the American Music Awards. NBC is still on track to win the night with SNF, but last night’s Giants-Redskins game posted a 12.1 overnight household rating, down 29% from last week. ABC’s lineup came nowhere near the 4.5 18-49 rating for last week’s AMAs. Once Upon A Time (1.9) was even with its last original two weeks ago, tying a series low. The Hallmark Hall Of Fame movie Christmas In Conway (1.1) was down 39% from last year’s HHF holiday movie Christmas With Holly and matching HHF’s lowest rating to date with this year’s The Makeover.
Fox’s animated comedies were down from last week when they benefited from a football overrun and the fact that anchors The Simpsons and Family Guy were in originals. Only Bob’s Burgers and American Dad were new last night, posting a 1.6, down 16%; and 1.7, down 11%, respectively. CBS’ primetime was delayed by 51 minutes due to an NFL overrun, which helped the network secure a nightly victory in total viewers. From 8-9 PM, 60 Minutes logged an approximately 3.4 in 18-49, up 113% from last week when the newsmagazine didn’t have a football lead-in, and 16.1 million viewers. The penultimate episode of this cycle of The Amazing Race (1.9) was up 19% and posted its largest audience of the season (10.4 million). The Good Wife‘s 100th episode logged a 1.6 and 10.1 million viewers, up 23% in the demo from last week. From 11-11:30 PM, The Mentalist drew a 1.5 and 8.6 million.
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