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TV ratings: NFL Hall of Fame game, 'Wrestlemania 30' make NBC No. 1

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NFL Hall of Fame game on NBC draws in 7.6 million viewers
NBC wins Sunday ratings with NFL Hall of Fame Game and 'Wrestlemania 30'

NBC wrestled to the top on Sunday with its telecasts of the NFL Hall of Fame game and World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.'s  "Wrestlemania 30: The World Television Premiere."

The New York Giants-Buffalo Bills NFL Hall of Fame game, which aired on the network from 8 -11 p.m., earned a rating of 2.5 in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, according to Nielsen ratings.

Roughly 7.6 million people tuned in to the game, making it second to CBS' "60 Minutes" in overall viewers.

The one-hour "Wrestlemania" special, which averaged about 3.9 million viewers, featured WWE legends Hulk Hogan, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock and matches between John Cena and Bray Wyatt. With a rating of 1.2 in the key demo, it tied for third with an episode of "The Simpsons" on Fox.

NBC averaged roughly 6.7 million viewers overall and a rating of 2.2 in the key demo.

On CBS, privacy-deprivation show "Big Brother" earned the No. 2 spot in the key demo with a rating of 1.9, down 14% from last week in its rating. The show was the third most watched of the night, with about 6.6 million people tuning in.

The network, which also aired episodes of "Unforgettable" and "Reckless," took second in the key demo and overall with about 6.1 million total viewers and a rating of 1.1 in the key demo.

Fox and ABC tied for third, with a rating of 0.9 in the key demo.

On ABC, "Wipeout" was up 13% in the key demo with a rating of 0.9. "Rising Star," with the same rating in the key demo, was flat with last week's airing, tying with its lowest live plus same day rating to date.

With about 2 million viewers overall, Fox stayed steady in the key demo, airing encore episodes of "American Dad," "Bob's Burgers," "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy."

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