It was a good Sunday to be in New Orleans for the Saints and for NFL Sunday Night Football (7.0/17) last night. Week 10 of the season saw NOLA’s Saints take the Dallas Cowboys to the cleaners last night in a 49-17 victory and a NFL record-breaking 40 first downs. It also saw a strong 23% rise in fast nationals from last week’s Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans game. In the 8:30 PM – 11 PM block, that November 3 battle got a 5.7/14 rating, which rose to a 6.3/16 for its 8:31 PM – 11:35 PM play in the final numbers. With their 7-2 season so far and team best record of 625 total yards last night, Sunday’s lopsided success was the Saints’ 12th straight primetime win at home in the Superdome. Sunday’s game was watched by 19.30 million viewers, up from last week’s 15.34 million. With live events like last night’s NFL game on NBC, all non-time zone adjusted fast nationals will likely shift when the finals come in later this Veterans Day. In metered market results, the game drew a 13.0/21 during the 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM block. That’s up from the 11.4/19 that Week 9’s much closer 27-24 Colts-Texans game pulled in but down from the 13.5/22 that the Cowboys’ October 13 match-up against the Washington Redskins had. Last night saw New Orleans (56.2/73) as the top metered market for the game, followed by Dallas (30.3/47), San Antonio (22.6/34), Austin (21.5/35 and a tie for fifth place between Albuquerque (20.1/30) and Richmond (20.1/29). With a 5.7/15 rating, NBC won the night in terms of the adult 18-49 demo. It also took the top spot in total viewers with 15.797 million watching.
America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.3/4) hit a viewership season high with 7.0 million tuning in. However, in terms of the 18-49 demo, the show slipped 7% from last week. Once Upon A Time (2.1/5) also saw a dip. Though the top scripted show of the night, Time went down 9% from its November 3rd show to tie a series low. Up against the heart of the NFL’s SNF, it was Revenge (1.4/3) and Betrayal (0.8/2) that really got sacked last night. The former fell 18% from it November 3 show to tie a series low while the later freshman crashed 20% to tie its low among the demo.
Fox started its Sunday with repeats of Bob’s Burgers (1.3/4) and American Dad (1.1/3). Then it was into new shows on the network’s animation block with The Simpsons (1.9/5) at 8 PM. The longest running scripted show on TV was down a hard 21% from last week. In fact all of Fox’s animated originals were down last night from last week. Bob’s Burgers (1.5/4) fell 17%, Family Guy (2.0/5) 20% and American Dad (1.6/4) sliding 16%.
Pushed backed almost an hour by overruns from the NFL’s Houston vs. Arizona game, CBS’ primetime Sunday got off to late start of 7:47 PM last night – which means all the fast affiliate results are highly approximate, all over the place and essentially meaningless right now. Having said that, the biggest story of 60 Minutes (2.9/7) last night was actually right near the end of the show when correspondent Lara Logan apologized for the news mag’s factually incorrect October 27th broadcast about the fatal 2012 attack on the American special mission compound in Benghazi. Otherwise in CBS’s night of slide, The Amazing Race got a 1.9/5, The Good Wife, with a return appearance by Nathan Lane, got a 1.5/4 last night and the mainly shown out of prime, The Mentalist pulled in a 1.3/4
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