TV Ratings: Peyton, Eli Manning Score Sunday
CBS and NBC both get a boost from NFL games
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL games involving the Manning brothers were ratings winners Sunday, with Peyton helping CBS grab the overall title and little brother Eli fueling NBC's demographic victory.
CBS averaged a 9.2 rating/14 share for the night, beating out NBC's 8.3/13 (both networks' final numbers will change when the live sports telecasts are factored in). ABC, 6.9/11, came in third. FOX took fourth with a 4.0/6, while a night of repeats on The CW drew a miniscule 0.4/1.
NBC led among adults 18-49 with a 4.9 rating. ABC and CBS tied for second in the key demographic with a 3.8. FOX was not far back at 3.2. The CW came in at 0.2.
The end of Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts' win over the Pittsburgh Steelers combined with "60 Minutes" for a 13.2/21 at 7 p.m. NBC's "Football Night in America," 4.6/7, was second in households, but "America's Funniest Home Videos," 4.3/7, brought a few more total viewers to ABC. Repeats of "King of the Hill" and "The Simpsons" put FOX in fourth, well ahead of "In Harm's Way" on The CW.
NBC's "Sunday Night Football," featuring Eli Manning's New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles, scored a 9.2/14 at 8 p.m. CBS averaged 8.8/13 with the conclusion of "60 Minutes" and "The Amazing Race." ABC got a 6.4/10 from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." "The Simpsons," 4.7/7, and "King of the Hill," 4.0/6, kept FOX in fourth. The CW went with "Valentine."
At 9 p.m., the Giants-Eagles game and ABC's "Desperate Housewives" tied for the lead at 10.0/15 (and were separated by fewer than 50,000 total viewers). "The Amazing Race" and "Cold Case" scored a 7.5/11 for CBS, beating out "Family Guy," 5.2/8, and "American Dad," 4.1/6, on FOX.
NBC reclaimed sole possession of first at 10 p.m. as the game posted a 9.5/16. "Cold Case" and "The Unit" drew a 7.2/12 for CBS, edging the 6.9/11 for "Brothers & Sisters" on ABC.
Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.