A tight game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys yielded big ratings on Sunday night for NBC, which took the ratings crown for the evening, according to preliminary numbers.
Though the network’s numbers are approximate due to the nature of live sports, NBC currently holds a handy first place in both the key 18-49 demographic with a 6.5 rating/17 share, and dominated in total viewers with an average 19.2 million. Following “Football Night in America,” the game itself drew an 8.1/21 — a 47 percent leap from the previous week, though down 12 percent from the equivalent game last year — and grabbed 23.9 million total viewers.
Fox took a distant second place in the demo with a 2.9/8 and third in total viewers with 8.7 million. The network mostly aired repeats, aside from football overrun at 7 p.m., which scored a 4.8/14 with 17.7 million total viewers, and further NFL overrun combined with “The OT” at 7:30, which posted a 4.5/13 with 14.5 million total viewers.
CBS was third in the demo with a 1.8/5 and second in total viewers with 9.8 million. Following football overrun at 7, which averaged a 4.0/11 with 15.7 million total viewers, “60 Minutes” at 8 drew a 1.5/4 with 9.2 million total viewers. “36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of Performing Arts” the following hour slid 36 percent from last year’s airing for a 0.9/2 — the ceremony’s lowest rating since it began airing in 1991 — and drew 7 million total viewers.
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ABC aired repeats throughout the night, taking fourth place in the demo and total viewers with a 1.1/3 and 4.2 million.
Univision was fifth in total viewers with a 0.7/2 and 2.1 million.