After a couple of weeks of declines, ABC’s Sunday lineup stabilized, though probably not at levels the network would’ve liked. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.5/4) was up a tenth from last week’s fast national; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (1.9/5) was down a tenth; Desperate Housewives was flat with its most recent fast national, which tied a series low (down a tenth from the final); and Pan Am (1.8/4) was down a tenth. While the 5% week-to-week drop for Pan Am was a vast improvement over last week’s 27% tumble, the rookie has to reverse its downward course if it hopes to stick around for a while.
Fox’s The X Factor (3.3/8) was down 8% from its fast national rating on Thursday. There were mitigating factors: The series aired out of pattern and the network had 24 hours to promote it after the ALCS baseball playoff series wrapped on Saturday in six games, allowing the network to slide in X Factor on Sunday, which had been left open for a potential seventh game. There was also the deciding baseball playoff Game 6 on TBS. On the flip side, X Factor last night had a stronger-than-normal lead-in from the afternoon football game overrun. Still, X Factor was the highest-rated entertainment program of the night.
Last night’s primetime football game on NBC, in which the Bears scored a blowout 39-10 victory over the Vikings, posted an 11.2 overnight rating/17 share. That was down 15% from last year’s Week 6 game, which was a closer one, with the Colts defeating the Redskins, 27-24. NBC still won easily Sunday night in 18-49 and total viewers.
Week-to-week comparisons for the opening programs of CBS’ Sunday lineups are skewed because of bi-weekly football overruns from a late afternoon game, which aired on Fox last night and on CBS the Sunday before. With that in mind, 60 Minutes (1.9/5) and The Amazing Race (2.5/6) were down by 41% and 11%, respectively. The Good Wife (2.1/5) was even with last week, while CSI: Miami (2.4/6) perked up by 9% as it got to air in primetime vs. bleeding into late-night the week before owing to football overrun. Several weeks into the season, CBS does not seem to have improved the fortunes of critically praised but modestly rated The Good Wife by moving it to a new night. Like it was on Tuesday, the legal drama is now the weakest link on Sunday.