With Fox’s reach hampered by its ongoing carriage dispute with Cablevision that has the network blacked out in some 3 million Cablevision homes in the country’s top market, New York, NBC’s Sunday Night Football delivered its best primetime overnight rating against a Major League Baseball League Championship Series in 13 years. SNF, featuring the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 win over the Washington Redskins, earned a 13.2/20, up 10% from last year’s Week 6 game and more than doubling the overnight rating for MLB’s NLCS Game 2 (6.5/10) on Fox, in which the Philadelphia Phillies won over the San Francisco Giants. That despite the fact that Fox’s baseball coverage benefitted from a strong lead-in, an NFL overrun. NBC is expected to once again easily top Sunday night’s ratings.
Without an NFL overrun-inflated 60 Minutes as a lead-in and facing football and baseball this week, CBS’ The Amazing Race (3.4/9) at 8 PM was down 11%. Undercover Boss (3.5/9) at 9 PM was also down, by 5%, to log its lowest-rated telecast ever. That was somewhat surprising – the last time the reality show moved from a 10-ish PM airing following a football overrun to a in-pattern run at 9 PM, its ratings actually went up. CSI: Miami (2.8/7) was down 13% from its premiere in the Sunday 10 PM slot 2 weeks ago. (It was squeezed out by the football overrun last week). The female-friendly ABC Sunday lineup saw very little impact from sports. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2.3/6) was flat with last week, Desperate Housewives (3.8/9) was down 3%, and Brothers & Sisters (2.7/7) was also flat.