'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' are back, but football colors the world of NBC and CBS

sunday-ratingsImage Credit: FoxFox’s Animation Domination returned on Sunday and posted impressive gains since the last time the block aired on Oct. 10, according to preliminary ratings. The Simpsons was up 23 percent to a 3.7 rating/10 share in adults 18-49 (8.1 million viewers), followed by The Cleveland Show (up 19 percent to 3.1/7, 6.7 million), Family Guy (up 12 percent to 3.8/9, 7.9 million), and American Dad (up 16% to 2.9/7, 6.2 million).

Still, there’s no competing against football on NBC. Dallas at Green Bay earned a whopping  6.7/17 and helped NBC to win the night in the demo (5.2/13).  Each 18-49 ratings point equals 1.3 million. CBS, however, won the night in viewers (16 million) and came in second in the demo (4.6/12) thanks to an NFL overrun that boosted 60 Minutes (4.0/10, 15.5 million). The combination of  The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss averaged a 2.6/7 and 10.5 million.

ABC pretty much tied Fox in the demo (2.7/7 versus 2.8/7) and came in third in viewers (9.5 million). Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was up 39 percent to a 2.5/6 (9.2 million), followed by Desperate Housewives (up 14 percent to a 4.0/9, 12.5 million), and Brothers & Sisters (up 13 percent to 2.6/ 7, 8.8 million). Fox finished fourth for the night in viewers (6.1 million).

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  • Jackie

    ‘Treehouse of Horror’ was AWESOME last night! Hugh Laurie and Daniel Radcliff know how to bring the funny :)

  • JimmyH

    These late NFL games on CBS wreak havoc on my DVR!

  • James

    I’m thinking that the Treehouse of Horror thing, with Radcliffe and Laurie, helped boost The Simpsons.
    And of course SNF was the big winner. People tuned in to see Dallas get curb-stomped. Schadenfreude ftw.

    • Lisa Simpson

      As much as I love watching Dallas getting its just desserts, it is getting a tad bit boring.

  • Darrin

    Why bother watching or recording anything on CBS on Sunday nights, in the eastern half of the country? You never know when anything is going to start, and have to record the entire friggin night to catch one show.

    • LOL

      How hard is it to set your DVR to record the entire evening? One or 2 extra clicks?

    • Peter

      I like to watch The Amazing Race at 8PM on Sundays which is when it is scheduled. I enjoy it at the end to my weekend. I do not want to DVR it! I hate football.

      • Annia

        You and I both. I so am looking forward to Sundays; but when the football game goes on forever, I’d switch to A&E or The Travel Channel to kill time until the race is on. I don’t care to TiVo, DVR, or DVD. As a matter of fact, I’m going to work on hooking up the DVD that I got for X-mas 5 years ago, so, I should get it to work by thanksgiving…2011, LOL. Also, I think the RACE would be so awesome on my flatscreen TV, if only I ever get it out from the box!!!

  • Grump E

    Bwwaaahhaaaahaaaa….Dallas got stomped in the yard…that’s what happens when you call yourself “America’s Team”. Pheh…please…can Texas secede from the union already?!

  • Chris

    I enjoy watching the games on CBS on Sundays, but when they go over by so much that they cause the network not to air a new episode of CSI: Miami, that’s when I get upset. How about not airing “The Amazing Race” next time. It is the most boring show on t.v.

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