The next best thing to watching football, apparently, is watching the National Football League's highest-profile owner.
60 Minutes, which featured an interview with Dallas Cowboys boss Jerry Jones, notched some 21 million viewers Sunday night, garnering a 5.7 rating in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. (Or, just maybe, folks watched 60 Minutes to find out about Rep. John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who's becoming the speaker of the House — and developing quite the reputation for crying.)
Following the venerable newsmagazine on CBS, the finale of The Amazing Race's 17th edition delivered 14 million viewers (3.7) — 5 percent below last fall's ending (according to estimates). On premium cable, Dexter's Season 5 finale attracted 2.5 million people at 9, against the stiff competition, and another 400,000 at 11, putting it on a par with the fourth season's last episode, Showtime said.
Sunday Night Football — with the Philadelphia Eagles beating Jones' Cowboys, 30-27 — won the night as usual, topping out with 23.7 million viewers (8.7).
At 10, (allowing for CBS' nearly half-hour overrun of football), CSI: Miami got 10.7 million viewers (2.7) versus 8.8 million (2.5) for ABC's Brothers & Sisters, which bounced back by 19 percent (2.1) after last week's series low.
Fox's animation block ran fourth from 8 to 10, with The Simpsons getting 7.3 million viewers (3.3); back-to-back installments of Family Guy 8 million (3.9 and 4.0); and American Dad 6.3 million (3.1).
Saturday Night Live, featuring Paul Rudd and Paul McCartney, scored its best preliminary numbers (3.0) since the Sept. 25 season premiere, which Amy Poehler hosted and had Katy Perry as the musical guest.