Ratings: Fox’s Sports Lineup Wins Night as World Series Eats Into Football Ratings

Sunday Night Football may have beaten the World Series in the key demo, but it took a beating in the process

Fox’s lineup of the NFL and the World Series proved unbeatable Sunday as baseball ate into the ratings for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

Fox was first in ratings with a 5.1 rating/13 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in total viewers with an average of 8 million, according to preliminary numbers.

An NFL overrun at 7 earned a 7.8/23 and 22.8 million viewers — making it the highest-rated and most-watched telecast of the night. The game ran into “The OT” at 7:30, which received a 6.2/17 and 18.4 million viewers. The World Series Game 4 at 8 earned a 4.4/11 and 15.4 million viewers. Due to the nature of live sports, exact numbers are approximate.

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NBC was second in ratings with a 4.5/11 and second in total viewers with 12.3 million. Part 1 of “Football Night in America” at 7 earned a 1.6/5 and 5.1 million viewers. Part 2 at 7:30 received a 2.5/7 and 7 million viewers. At 8, Part 3 got a 4.3/11 and 11.9 million viewers. The game itself — the Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings — at 8:30 earned a 5.6/13 — down 41 percent from last week — and 14.9 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 5.6 million.

For CBS, “60 Minutes” at 7 was down 46 percent against stiff competition and with no NFL overrun, earning a 1.5/4 and 10.3 million viewers. “The Amazing Race” at 8 earned a 1.7/4 and 8.2 million viewers. “The Good Wife” received a 1.4/3 and 9.1 million viewers. At 10, “The Mentalist” earned a 1.3/3 and 8.8 million viewers.

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For ABC, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7 rebounded from last week’s series low, earning a 1.4/4 — up 27 percent — and 6.1 million viewers. “Once Upon a Time” at 8 earned a 2.2/5 and 7 million viewers. “Revenge” at 9 earned a 1.5/3 — tying its season low — and 5.7 million viewers. “Betrayal” at 10 got a 1.0/2 and 3.4 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 1.1/3, and in viewers with 2.9 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/1 and in total viewers 1.2 million.