Ratings: NBC’s Football Rules, ‘Betrayal’ Off to Rough Start

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All-time low premieres for a slew of shows

NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons ruled Sunday as ABC’s infidelity drama “Betrayal” had a weak debut on a night many shows had all-time premiere lows.

It was unclear what impact AMC’s “Breaking Bad” finale had on the night: The show has made major gains with its final episodes as the hype surrounding it grew. Numbers were expected later Monday.

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NBC scored an easy win with a 5.6 rating/15 share in the key 18-49 demographic and 15.3 million total viewers. It aired only game-related programming.

Fox was second in the demo with a 3.3/9 and third in total viewers with 8.1 million. NFL overrun at 7 had a 6.3/20 and 17.6 million total viewers. The postgame “OT” at 7:30 had a 4.0/12 and 10.5 million. All of Fox’s animation premieres were down from last year’s by double digits, and “The Simpsons” and “American Dad” had their all-time lowest-rated premieres. But “The Simpsons” and “Bob’s Burgers” were both up from last year’s season averages and “Family Guy” and “American Dad” came close to them. At 8, “The Simpsons” had a 2.8/8 and 6.3 million total viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” at 8:30 had a 2.1/5 and 4.4 million. “Family Guy” at 9 had a 2.6/6 and 5.2 million, and “American Dad” at 9:30 had a 2.1/5 and 4.3 million.

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ABC was third in the demo with a 2.0/5 and fourth in total viewers with 6.7 million. The “Once Upon a Time” special at 7 had a 1.3/4 — down 32 percent from a similar special last year — and 5.1 million total viewers. The show’s premiere at 8 had a 2.6/7 — down 33 percent from last year — and 8.5 million. “Revenge” at 9 had a 2.4/6 — down 25 percent for its lowest-rated premiere — and had 8 million total viewers. “Betrayal” at 10 had a 1.5/4 and 5.3 million.

CBS was fourth in ratings with a 1.6/4 and second in total viewers with 9.5 million.”The Amazing Race,” “The Good Wife” and “The Mentalist” all had their lowest-rated premieres ever. The NFL and “60 Minutes” had 7 had a 1.3/4 and 9.4 million, and “60 Minutes” at 7:30 had a 1.5/4 and 11.4 million total viewers. “The Amazing Race” at 8 had a 2.0/5 — down 20 percent — and 8.8 million. At 8, “The Good Wife” had a 1.5/3 — down 17 percent — and 8.9 million. At 10, “The Mentalist” had a 1.6/4 — down 24 percent — and 9.7 million.

Univison was fifth in the demo and total viewers with a 1.1/3 and 2.9 million.

Telemundo was sixth in both with a .4/1 and 983,000.