Seth MacFarlane Crowned King of Sunday Night Ratings


All three of Seth MacFarlane's Sunday night programs showed significant ratings increases for Fox yesterday, as The Cleveland Show debuted to over 9 million viewers, boasting a 44% increase from last season's time slot holder King of the Hill. Meanwhile, Family Guy jumped 16% from last season and American Dad grew its viewership by 13%. To see by how much MacFarlane's crudely drawn animated characters pummeled the Desperate Housewives premiere, join us after the jump.

While MacFarlane's programs did post significant growth for Fox's Sunday line-up, NBC still won the night with Sunday Night Football. Reversing its luck earlier this week, ABC placed fourth among the major networks as its Desperate Housewives premiere fell nearly 40% from last season's opener. Complete ratings below.


Sunday Night Football (8:15 PM) 14.1 million, 5.6 preliminary adults 18-49


The Simpsons (8 PM) 8.2 million, 4.2

Cleveland Show (8:30 PM) 9.4 million, 4.9

Family Guy (9 PM) 10.2 million, 5.2

American Dad (9:30 PM) 7.1 million, 3.6


Amazing Race 15 (8 PM) 9.2 million, 3.2

Cold Case (10 PM) 8.4 million, 1.9


Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (8 PM) 7.3 million, 2.1

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (8:30 PM) 10.5 million, 3.1

Desperate Housewives (9 PM) 13.2 million viewers, 4.5

Brothers & Sisters (10 PM) 9.3 million, 3.0

· Fox's Cleveland opens big; Housewives' tumbles [Hollywood Reporter]