It’s hard to do a report on a night where ratings for the top attractions are incomplete (Sunday Night Football) or not yet available (the season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead). Still, it is clear that NBC dominated another Sunday night with football. The Green Bay-Houston matchup drew a 12.6/20 in metered-market households, up 8% from last week and 13% from the Week 4 game last fall. SNF towered over Game 1 of baseball’s National League Championship Series between St. Louis vs. San Francisco on Fox. In the non-time-adjusted fast nationals, football won vs. baseball 6.9 to 1.9 among adults 18-49.
CBS’ Sunday primetime was delayed about 22 minutes because of late-running football games in several markets, so the network’s ratings are approximate. For now, The Amazing Race (2.6/6) and The Good Wife (1.7/4) appear on par with last week, while The Mentalist (2.0/5) is running 25% ahead of last week’s 1.6 demo rating.
The only network with reliable fast nationals for last night was ABC, which did not have sports programming interfere with its entertainment lineup. While Revenge (2.7/6) inched up a tenth from last week, the rest of the programs were in negative territory. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.4/4) was down a tenth from its season premiere last Sunday, while Once Upon A Time (3.0/7) and 666 Park Ave (1.5/4) were both down 12% for a second week of declines. 666 Park Ave just received encouraging news from the Live+7 ratings report for Premiere Week, getting a 52% lift to a respectable 3.2 rating for its series debut. Yet the spooky drama has to find the bottom pronto and hopefully rebound as a 1.5 Live+Same Day demo rating in ABC’s traditionally solid Sunday 10 PM hour is hard to pass muster.