Ratings: ‘Sunday Night Football’ Wins Night; ‘Pan Am’ Falls 19%

ABC’s airline drama slips nearly a fifth from its maiden voyage; the NFL gives NBC a handy overall win for the night

Last Updated: October 3, 2011 @ 11:38 AM

'Sunday Night Football' was the highest-rated program of the night Sunday, pushing NBC to an overall win for the evening, while "Pan Am" lost 19 percent of its rating from last week's series premiere, according to preliminary numbers. The last "60 Minutes" to feature Andy Rooney as a regular commentator, meanwhile, performed strongly.

The face-off between the New York Jets and the Baltimore Ravens on NBC from 8:30 to 11 p.m. performed on par with last week's game, snagging a 7.3 rating/17 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, and 17.6 million total viewers. Preceded by back-to-back episodes of "Football Night in America" at 7:30 and 8, which drew a 3.8/10 and 4.9/12 in the demo respectively, "Monday Night Football" gave the network the highest overall average for the night by a wide margin, with a 5.9/15 in the demo and 14.6 million total viewers.

On ABC, the season premiere of "America's Funniest Home Videos" at 7 had a 1.5/4 in the demo and 6.4 million total viewers. The following hour, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" pulled a 2.1/5 in the demo and 7.1 million total viewers. "Desperate Housewives" at 9 had a 2.9/7 in the demo and 9 million total viewers, while "Pan Am" closed out the evening at 10, slipping 19 percent from last week's premiere and scoring a 2.5/6 in the demo and 7.7 million total viewers.

Fox aired repeats of "The Cleveland Show" and "The Simpsons" from 7 to 8, followed by a new "Simpsons" that was down 23 percent to a still-solid 3.0/8 in the demo and 6.1 million total viewers. "The Cleveland Show" at 8:30 drew a 2.6/6 in the demo and 5.4 million total viewers. "Family Guy" at 9 drew a 3.5/8 in the demo and 6.9 million total viewers, while "American Dad" closed the night at 9:30 with a 2.7/6 and 5.7 million total viewers.

CBS began its night with NFL overrun — which rendered the network's numbers approximate. At 7, it scored a 5.5/16 in the demo and 18.3 million total viewers. "60 Minutes" aired from 7:30 to 8:30, grabbing a 3.5/9 in the demo and 16 million total viewers — a 34 percent increase over last week's episode, with interest in the program no doubt boosted by Rooney's swan song. "The Amazing Race" at 8:30 had a 3.0/7 in the demo and 10.7 million total viewers, while "The Good Wife" at 9:30 took a 2.1/5 in the demo and 10.7 million total viewers. The evening closed out with "CSI: Miami," which drew a 2.3/6 in the demo and 9.8 million total viewers.

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