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

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 8:31 PM

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.

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