Ratings: NFL, MLB Playoffs Dominate, ‘Betrayal’ Hits Low

CBS and ABC never really stood a chance

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 8:43 PM

Dramas and reality shows were no match for NBC’s NFL coverage or Fox’s MLB playoffs Sunday.

NBC was first in ratings with a 6.0 rating/16 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in total viewers with an average of 17.5 million, according to preliminary numbers.

At 7, Part 1 of “Football Night in America” earned a 1.9/6 and 5.7 million viewers. Part 2 at 7:30 had a 3.2/9 and 8.7 million viewers. At 8, Part 3 received a 5.8/15 and 15.6 million viewers. The Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins game itself at 8:30 got a 7.3/18 and 19.7 million viewers. Due to the nature of live sports, those numbers are approximate.

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Fox was second in ratings with a 3.6/9 and in total viewers with 11.4 million. The NFL overrun at 7 was the highest-rated and most-watched telecast in primetime, with an 8.0/25 and 23.1 million viewers. At 7:30, the continued overrun into “The OT” earned a 6.3/18 and 18.1 million viewers. At 8, the broadcast of the MLB Playoffs American League Championship Series earned a 2.4/6 and 8.3 million viewers.

CBS and ABC tied for third in ratings, each with a 1.5/4. CBS was third in viewers with 9.1 million. ABC was fourth in total viewers with 5.4 million.

For CBS, “60 Minutes” at 7 earned a 1.5/5 — down 61 percent from prior week — and 10.6 million viewers. “The Amazing Race” at 8 received a a series low 1.8/5 and 8.1 million viewers. Against the stiff competition, that trend continued with “The Good Wife” at 9, which earned a 1.2/3 — also a series low — and 8.4 million viewers. “The Mentalist” hit a series low as well with a 1.3/3 and 9.4 million viewers.

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For ABC, the “America’s Funniest Home Videos” premiere at 7 got a 1.1/3 and 5.2 million viewers. “Once Upon a Time” at 8 earned a 2.3/6 — it’s lowest-rated fall episode ever — and 7.4 million viewers. “Revenge” at 9 also hit its lowest fall mark with a 1.7/4 and 6 million viewers. “Betrayal’ at 10, with a 0.9/2, was down 18 percent from prior week. It had 3 million viewers.

Univision was in fifth in ratings with a 1.1/3 and in viewers with 3 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in total viewers with 907,000.


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