Weekend Ratings: NFL Takes NBC To Victory
The absence of "Desperate Housewives" branded NBC's "Sunday Night Football" top telecast in the US last night; holiday classics "Frosty" and "Rudolph" made CBS the network to beat on Friday.
NFL scored 18,59 million viewers for NBC on Sunday night, while the season finale of "The Amazing Race" attracted 12,9 million over on CBS.
The beautiful holiday episode of "Brothers and Sisters" capped off the evening for ABC with somewhat weaker results as only 10,47 million people tuned in.
Although the drama gets about 2 million more viewers (or more) when preceded by "Desperate Housewives" (its lead-in last night was an expanded edition of 'Extreme Makeover', it is nevertheless a bona-fide hit for the network (especially given the failures of Six Degrees and The Nine) and ABC will continue to nurture the show that is firing on all cylinders creatively.
On Friday night, CBS was the big winner as both Rudolph and Frosty scored almost 13 million viewers beating their competition in the timeslot.