NBC Sunday started with a respectable duo of Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Crossing Jordan, but the pair weakened as ABC's dramas took over Sunday night starting in 2004. In 2006, NBC acquired the rights to a primetime NFL package aired on Sunday, and it's become an increasingly dominant program as DVRs have eroded entertainment programming ratings.
|2001-02||The Weakest Link||Law and Order: CI||UC: Undercover||83|
|2002-03||American Dreams||Law and Order: CI||Boomtown||97|
|2003-04||American Dreams||Law and Order: CI||The Lyon's Den||91|
|2004-05||American Dreams||Law and Order: CI||Crossing Jordan||88|
|2005-06||The West Wing||Law and Order: CI||Crossing Jordan||74|
|2006-07||Football Night p3||Sunday Night Football||161|
|2007-08||Football Night p3||Sunday Night Football||174|
|2008-09||Football Night p3||Sunday Night Football||187|
|2009-10||Football Night p3||Sunday Night Football||240|
|2010-11||Football Night p3||Sunday Night Football||295|
|2011-12||Football Night p3||Sunday Night Football||321|
|2012-13||Football Night p3||Sunday Night Football||354|
|2013-14||Football Night p3||Sunday Night Football||384|
|2014-15||Football Night p3||Sunday Night Football||411|
2014-15 Update: Football will get huge ratings! At midseason, A.D. The Bible Continues (63) and American Odyssey (32) were big disappointments. We're currently not sure what goes there after football this year.
Notable midseason replacements:
- The most important midseason offering in the football years has been Celebrity Apprentice, which started on Sunday in 2008-09. Rather than list 'em all, here's the show's War of 18-49 page. In 2007, the network aired Deal or No Deal (72), reality series Grease: You're the One That I Want (63) and original recipe Apprentice (76), while in '08 it was generally repeats of the Law & Order series as well as USA Network's Monk and Psych.
- Crossing Jordan didn't show up till spring in the 2003-04 season (107).