Ratings: FOX Sports Sunday's Best Numbers
Football, baseball broadcasts give the network a win
Joe Buck and Tim McCarver of Fox Sports
Big ratings for late-afternoon NFL games -- and OK ratings for prime-time baseball -- carried FOX to the top of the ratings heap Sunday.
FOX drew a 7.0 rating/11 share for the night, although those numbers will change some because of the live sports coverage. ABC finished a close second at 6.9/11, topping CBS, 6.4/10, and NBC, 6.1/10. The CW was barely in the picture, drawing a 0.6/1.
The adults 18-49 win also went to FOX, which drew a 4.0 rating in the demo. ABC and NBC tied for second at 3.8. CBS, 2.5, came in fourth, and The CW was just a blip at 0.3.
FOX got a big 12.8/22 from the end of its late-afternoon NFL coverage at 7 p.m. CBS took second with "60 Minutes," 7.1/12. "America's Funniest Home Videos," 4.0/7, put ABC in third. "Football Night in America" was fourth for NBC at 3.1/5. The CW went with "In Harm's Way."
At 8 p.m., ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and NBC's "Sunday Night Football" tied in households at 6.9/11, but ABC had a few more viewers. Game 3 of the National League Championship Series drew a 6.1/10 for FOX. CBS dropped to fourth with "The Amazing Race," 5.6/9. "Valentine" brought up the rear for The CW.
" Desperate Housewives," 9.8/15, gave ABC sole possession of the lead at 9 p.m. NBC's NFL game improved to 7.7/12. " Cold Case" delivered a 7.0/11 for CBS, while the Los Angeles Dodgers- Philadelphia Phillies game on FOX dipped to 4.8/7. "Easy Money" closed the night for The CW.
NBC's coverage of the San Diego Chargers- New England Patriots game and ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" both scored a 6.8/11 at 10 p.m.; NBC had a slight edge in viewers. " The Unit" posted a 5.9/10 for CBS. Baseball on FOX earned a 4.5/8.
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.