Turbulence for ‘Pan Am’ in Week Two Ratings

Christina Ricci salutes the '60s on "Pan Am" (Photo: ABC)

ABC’s “Pan Am” lost altitude Sunday night – shedding more than a quarter of its audience from a week earlier, according to Nielsen overnights.

The high-flying ’60s series about sexy stewardesses and Pan Am pilots drew 7.749 million viewers Sunday night at 10/9c in the overnights – down from 11.063 million in the national Nielsens on the previous Sunday.

For the night (from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m./6-10c), ABC averaged 7.581 million viewers to come in third. The average included 9.027 million viewers for the aging “Desperate Housewives” at 9/8c, now in its final season.

Elsewhere in the Sunday overnights:

NBC won with football, averaging 14.62 million viewers for the four hours of prime time, 17.654 million for the two-and-a-half hours of prime time that encompassed the football game – 8:30-11 (7:30-10c).

CBS scored with Andy Rooney. The 92-year-old’s farewell on “60 Minutes” drew more than 16 million viewers, according to our estimate. (The show started about a half-hour late due to football runover, so we averaged the audience tallies for the 7:30-8 and 8-8:30 half-hours). CBS averaged 12.926 million on the night.

Fox’s animated lineup brought up the rear: “The Simpsons” drew 6.118 million at 8/7c, “The Cleveland Show” averaged 5.468 million at 8:30/7:30c, “Family Guy” had 6.914 million at 9/8c and “American Dad” had 5.714 million viewers at 9:30/8:30c.

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