This is why the NFL will continue to extract billions of dollars from the TV networks — even a lopsided game with no suspense or intrigue like San Francisco’s 34-3 rout of Houston last night dominated everything else in primetime. In the metered markets, NBC’s Sunday Night Football averaged an 11.6/11, only 1% below the corresponding game last fall, and is expected to deliver a nightly win for the network in adults 18-49.

Betrayal is following in the footsteps of fellow new ABC drama Lucky 7 on a path toward early cancellation. In its second week, the infidelity drama posted a 1.1, down 27% from its underwhelming premiere. Its lead-in, Revenge (1.9), also was down double-digits (17%) from its third-season debut as its reboot under a new showrunner is yet to take hold, while Once Upon A Time (2.5) held steady, down a tenth (4%).

Fox’s comedy lineup also was par with premiere Sunday with the exception of Bob’s Burgers (1.9, down 14%). Its lead-in, veteran The Simpsons (2.9), just renewed for a 26th (!) season, didn’t get a Treehouse Of Horror boost — it was even with last week and the highest-rated entertainment program of the night in 18-49. Family Guy (2.5) was down by a tenth, American Dad (2.1) was flat. Once again no reliable overnight ratings for CBS’ Sunday lineup because of a 44-minute NFL overrun and a local NFL pre-emption in San Diego, but the Broncos-Cowboys heroics are expected to bag a nightly win in total viewers for the network.

E.Winthrop
12 months
Betrayal's first episode drew me in and caught me by surprise. Stuart Townsend skillfully brought out all...
Anabelle
12 months
...I do hope they keep it going... To get canceled?
Anabelle
12 months
I'm so disappointed with Revenge. Their first season was great, then soon after it's been on freefall....