2014 miss america pageant TV ratings: Miss America pageant up; 'Sunday Night Football' leads the nightFast National ratings for Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013

The 2014 Miss America pageant saw a big jump from the 2013 numbers — an average of nearly 1.5 million more viewers over the previous year’s ratings. It was the pageant’s best numbers since 2004, which is, incidentally, the last time the pageant ran in September. ABC was still in third place, but the competition put up a strong showing against NFL football.

NBC won the night on the back of the 49ers-Seahawks game on “Sunday Night Football” with an average of 15.9 million viewers and a 9.4 rating/15 share in households. CBS was second with nearly an hour of NFL runover into primetime, earning 10.3 million viewers and a 6.5/10. ABC was third with 6.6 million viewers and a 4.2/7 and FOX was fourth with 4.5 million viewers and a 2.6/4.

NBC also led the 18-49 demo by a wide margin with a 6.4, followed by CBS at 2.9, FOX at 1.8 and ABC at 1.4.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS: NFL runover/”60 Minutes” (20.6 million, 12.7/21)
NBC: “Football Night in America” (10.2 million, 5.6/9)
ABC: “America’s Funniest Home Videos” rerun (5.3 million, 3.2/5)

FOX: “American Dad” rerun (5.3 million, 3.1/5)/”The Simpsons” rerun (5.1 million, 3.1/5)

18-49 leader: NFL runover/”60 Minutes” (6.4)

8 p.m.

NBC: “Sunday Night Football” – Niners/Seahawks (19.2 million, 11.1/17)
CBS: “60 Minutes”/”Big Brother” (10.9 million, 7.0/11)
FOX: “The Simpsons” rerun (5.9 million, 3.4/5)/”Bob’s Burgers” rerun (4.1 million, 2.3/3)
ABC: “20/20” (4.2 million, 2.8/4)

18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (7.5)

9 p.m.

NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (18.6 million, 10.9/16)
ABC: 2014 Miss America pageant (7.4 million, 4.8/7)
CBS: “Big Brother”/”The Good Wife” rerun (5.9 million, 3.7/5)
FOX: “Family Guy” reruns – two episodes (3.3 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (7.3)

10 p.m.

NBC: “Sunday Night Football” (15.8 million, 9.9/16)
ABC: 2014 Miss America pageant (9.4 million, 6.0/10)
CBS: “The Good Wife”/”The Mentalist” reruns (3.7 million, 2.5/4)

18-49 leader: “Sunday Night Football” (6.8)

information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are
preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."