urx unit loader TV ratings: NFL squeezes out Sunday win over AMAs
jenniferlopez amas 290 TV ratings: NFL squeezes out Sunday win over AMAsFast National ratings for Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009

NBC’s Sunday NFL game pulled in somewhat lower ratings than usual, but they were still big enough to edge CBS and ABC — which got the biggest audience for the American Music Awards in seven years — for the night’s top spot.

NBC averaged 12.94 million viewers and an 8.0 rating/13 share in households on Sunday, edging CBS (12.69 million, 7.8/12) and ABC (12.14 million, 7.3/12) for the lead. (All three networks had live sports for at least a small part of the night, so their numbers may change a little in the final nationals.) FOX came in a fairly distant fourth with 5.5 million viewers and a 3.2/5.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, NBC’s 4.8 rating beat out ABC’s 4.5. CBS took third with a 3.2, while FOX came in at 2.7.

Sunday’s hourly results:

7 p.m.

CBS: NFL overrun/“60 Minutes” (18.4 million viewers, 11.2/19 households)
NBC: “Football Night in America” (7.9 million, 4.9/8)
ABC: NASCAR Ford 400/”America’s Funniest Home Videos” (6.1 million, 3.6/6)
FOX: “Brothers” (2.6 million, 1.7/3)/”The Simpsons” rerun (4 million, 2.4/4)

18-49 leader: NFL/”60 Minutes” (4.7)

8 p.m.

NBC: “Sunday Night Football” – Eagles-Bears (14.2 million, 8.5/13)
CBS: “60 Minutes”/”The Amazing Race” (13.5 million, 7.9/12)
ABC: 2009 American Music Awards (12.8 million, 7.8/12)
FOX: “The Simpsons” (7 million, 3.8/6)/”The Cleveland Show” (6.5 million, 3.7/6)

18-49 leader:
“Sunday Night Football” (5.1)

9 p.m.

ABC: American Music Awards (15.6 million, 9.3/14)
NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (15.5 million, 9.5/14)
CBS: “The Amazing Race”/”Cold Case” (10.3 million, 6.2/10)
FOX: “Family Guy” (7.4 million, 4.2/6)/”American Dad” (5.5 million, 3.2/5)

18-49 leader: American Music Awards (6.1)

10 p.m.

NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (14.3 million, 9.1/15)
ABC: American Music Awards (14.1 million, 8.7/15)
CBS: “Cold Case”/”Three Rivers” (8.5 million, 5.7/9)

18-49 leader:
American Music Awards (5.7)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.

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