Ratings: Pan Am Hits Some Turbulence; Home Videos Off to Worst Start Ever

Douglas J. Rowe
TV Guide

Kelli Garner | Photo Credits: Eric Liebowitz/ABC
Kelli Garner | Photo Credits: Eric Liebowitz/ABC

Pan Am lost some altitude in Week 2, recruiting 7.75 million viewers — less than three-quarters of its premiere audience.

The ABC program, which took off with 10.87 million aboard, scored a 2.5 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds Sunday night, a 19 percent fall from last week's 3.1, Nielsen overnights showed.

As often happens on Sundays, numbers were skewed by a football overrun on CBS; still, the final 20 minutes of The Good Wife and then CSI: Miami grabbed 10.45 million and a 2.2 demo rating in prime time's final hour against the new 1960s drama about stewardesses.

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Prime time's first hour saw the season premiere of America's Funniest Home Videos get off to its lowest-rated season debut in its history, attracting 6.44 million viewers (1.5 demo rating — a 21 percent decline), while the football overrun and 60 Minutes — featuring Andy Rooney's swan song — grabbed 17.43 million (4.5). In the same time slot, Football Night in America and animated reruns on Fox garnered 8.09 million and 5.43 million, respectively.

Despite a lopsided win by the Baltimore Ravens over the New York Jets, NBC's Sunday Night Football averaged 17.65 million fans (7.3). That was down 11 percent from 2010's Week 4 game, but still the second-highest for Week 4 in the NBC franchise's six-year history.

At 8/7c, Amazing Race had 12.99 million (3.3) vs. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's 7.11 million (2.1).

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At 9/8c, Desperate Housewives lured 9.03 million viewers and a 2.9 demo rating (down 9 percent), while the first 40 minutes of The Good Wife grabbed 10.48 million and 2.4.

From 8 to 10 on Fox, the animation block underwent the Week 2 decline: The Simpsons, 6.12 million viewers (3.0); The Cleveland Show, 5.47 million (2.6); Family Guy, 6.91 million (3.5); and American Dad! 5.71 million (2.7).