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Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Beatdown Freezes Out Primetime Competition

Fox finishes second in key 18-49 demographic with NFL overrun, CBS is runner-up among total viewers

Last night, the Minnesota Vikings drubbed the New York Giants on “Sunday Night Football.” In turn, NBC did the exact same thing to its primetime broadcast competition.

Fox managed to finish second in the key 18-49 demographic thanks to an NFL overrun into the day part, which begins an hour early on Sundays. CBS was able to come in second among total viewers, however.

NBC was first in ratings with a 4.3 rating/14 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 13.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Part 1 of “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. had a 1.5/5 and 5.7 million viewers. At 7:30, Part 2 got a 2.3/8 and 7.3 million viewers. At 8, the end of the pregame show into actual kickoff received a 4.8/15 and 15.1 million viewers. The first full hour of the game scored a 5.6/17 and 17.6 million viewers. The blowout cooled off at bit at 10 with a 4.8/16 and 13.9 million viewers.

Fox was second in ratings with a 2.2/7 and third in viewers with 6.6 million. At 7, the end of the Green Bay Packers versus Arizona Cardinals earned a 4.4/15 and 13.8 million viewers. Reruns followed.

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.1/4 and second in viewers with 7.6 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” posted a 1.4/5 and 10.5 million viewers. “Undercover Boss” at 8 had a 1.4/4 and 7.9 million viewers. Repeats followed.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 0.6/2 fifth and in viewers with 1.9 million.

ABC was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and fourth in viewers with 2.2 million, airing only reruns.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 971,000.

The CW has just local programming on Sunday nights.