Ratings: '60 Minutes’ Gets Huge NFL Boost

Ratings: '60 Minutes' Gets Huge NFL Boost

A 51-minute overrun of Broncos vs. Chiefs proved a nice lead-in for the news magazine show

While NBC topped the ratings Sunday night, CBS was first in viewers thanks to a long overrun of a classic AFC West showdown.

A much-buzzed about “60 Minutes” segment, debuting Amazon Prime Air, grabbed 16 million viewers in the 8 p.m. hour — more than even NBC's mighty Sunday Night Football got. Though due to the nature of live sports, numbers are subject to change for all the networks featuring pigskin play.

NBC was first in ratings with a 4.4 rating/11 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 12.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. Part 1 of “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. earned a 1.5/4 and 5.3 million viewers. Part 2 at 7:30 received a 2.3/6 and 6.7 million viewers. Part 3 at 8 got a 4.0/10 and 11.5 million viewers. The game itself — New York Giants at Washington Redskins — at 8:30 had a 5.4/13 and 15.5 million viewers.

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CBS was second in ratings with a 3.7/9 and first in total viewers with 16 million. An NFL overrun at 7 (Broncos/Chiefs) earned a 7.8/21 and 27.2 million viewers — both tops on the night. At 8, “60 Minutes” received a 3.4/8 — up 113 percent from last week — and 16.1 million viewers.  “The Amazing Race” at 9 received a 1.9/4 and 10.4 million viewers — its largest audience of the season. “The Good Wife” at 10 got a 1.6/4 and 10.1 million viewers.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.5/4 and fourth in total viewers with 3.4 million. An NFL overrun into a repeat at 7 earned a 1.1/3 and 3.5 million viewers. Following reruns, “Bob's Burgers” at 8:30 netted a 1.6/4 and 3.4 million viewers. After another repeat, “American Dad” got a 1.7/4 and 3.5 million viewers.

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ABC was fourth in ratings with a 1.3/3 and third in total viewers with 6.6 million. “America's Funniest Home Videos” at 7 earned a 1.2/3 and 6.7 million viewers. “Once Upon a Time” at 8 received a 1.9/5, tying a series low, and 6.6 million viewers. A movie special, “Christmas in Conway” at 9 got a 1.1/3 and 6.5 million viewers.

Univision was in fifth in ratings with a 0.8/2 and in viewers with 2.4 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in total viewers with 759,000.