NFL Shakeup: CBS Tops Sunday

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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NBC's "Sunday Night Football" dropped to its lowest rating ever, allowing CBS to pick up a Sunday night victory by airing an hour of highly rated NFL overrun.

The football reversal of fortune was due to low viewer interest in NBC's presentation of the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks (a 3.9 rating among adults 18 to 49 in the preliminary ratings, which could shift in the nationals, due later today), and a chart-topping rating from CBS' 7-8 p.m. overrun from the New England Patriots vs. Dallas Cowboys game (9.3).

CBS' "60 Minutes" benefited from the strong lead-in (4.1), followed by "Cold Case" (3.3) and "Shark" (2.5).

The lack of heavy NFL competition in the latter hours helped ABC, which came in second and posted gains for a couple shows: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (2.1, down 19 percent from its premiere last week), "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (an on-par 4.3), "Desperate Housewives" (7.3, up 7 percent) and "Brothers & Sisters" (4.8, up 12 percent).

Fox also showed some growth among its originals, airing "The Simpsons" (4.2, up 14 percent), "King of the Hill" (3.5, up 21 percent), a "Family Guy" repeat (3.5) and "American Dad" (3.1) On The CW, "CW Now" and "Online Nation" continued to struggle (0.2 for both) and "Life Is Wild" was flat (0.3).

On Friday, the premiere of ABC's "Women's Murder Club" tied with CBS' "Numb3rs" as the evening's top-rated show with a 2.5, but the return of "Men in Trees" fell from last fall's season premiere to a 1.9, coming in last for the 10 p.m. hour.

Fox and CBS tied to win the night, with Fox airing the American League Championship' Series Game 1 (2.3) and CBS running its drama block of "Ghost Whisperer" (2.4), "Moonlight" (2.0) and "Numb3rs" (2.5).

NBC and ABC tied for second, with NBC airing "Deal or No Deal" (2.4), "Friday Night Lights" (1.7, dropping a steep 19 percent from last week's premiere and matching its series low) and "Las Vegas" (2.1).

The CW had "Friday Night Smackdown" (1.4).
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