TV Ratings: Carol Burnett special shines, Sunday Night Football climbs

Carol Burnett pulled quite a crowd to CBS on Sunday night. The 84-year-old comedian's retrospective special for the 50th anniversary of her titular show pulled 15.2 million viewers.

Though that will ultimately trail NBC's Sunday Night Football coverage, it was a huge win for the network — ranking as the most-watched entertainment special since the 2017 Oscars. The two-hour event also averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, putting it behind only the NFL and Fox's The Simpsons.

Speaking of the NFL, NBC saw Sunday Night Football again improved from 2016. Compared to the same week last year, the Eagles-Seahawks game improved 14 percent in early return. Its average 13.1 overnight rating among households, prior to total viewership with time zone adjustments, was up 7 percent from the previous week's game.

Carol Burnett through the years
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Carol Burnett through the years
A portrait of American actor and comedian Carol Burnett sitting on a lounge, wearing a black dress with her hands folded. The dress is classic 60's style with sequins and a high neckline.
Carol Burnett and Joe Hamilton during 27th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Carol is seen wearing a white neck scarf with a delicate circular broach.
Joe Hamilton and Carol Burnett during International Radio and TV Society Gold Medal Awards wearing a chic yellow dress with sequins and a polka dot red coat.
Joe Hamilton and Carol Burnett during Carol Burnett Testimonial Dinner. Carol is seen wearing a sleeveless dress with a matching shawl covering her arms.
Entertainer Cher attends an event with Carol Burnett. Carol is seen in a gorgeous embroidered dress with some serious shoulder pads. A sign of the times. 
Carol Burnett and Joe Hamilton were spotted outside their hotel, Carol wearing a loose fitting striped dress with an oversized flower around her neck.

Carol attends the 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards in an all white dress, completely covered up.

Carol attends the 7th Annual People's Choice Awards showing off a serious suntan in a strapless, beachy dress with a purple seashell cover-up.

Carol Burnett and her daughter Carrie Hamilton attend the Kennedy Center Honors in gorgeous dresses. Carol is wearing an intricate floor length gown with plenty of sequins.

Ahead of her time, Carol is seen wearing a wrap dress with a chic diamond clutch.

Carol Burnett is all smiles, wearing a black and white polka dot top while hugging Phyllis Diller.

Carol Burnett and Mary Tyler Moore attend the "Carol Burnett Exhibit" on display in Los Angeles. You know you've arrived when you have an entire exhibit dedicated to you.

Carol is not afraid of an over-the-top blazer to go with a simple black dress.
Saying hello to the paparazzi, Carol is seen wearing a brown coat with colorful blocking. 
Carol Burnett during 5th Annual Sterling Awards in red from head to toe.
Carol's hair transformed along with her style, and she was sporting a beautiful short red hairstyle in 1993.
Carol's style was all her own, and she looked fabulous in this cropped blazer with white trim.
Talk about two style icons, Carol and Liza Minelli are spotted chatting at a party. Carol is wearing an all-gold sequin blazer while Liza is subdued in black.
Dressed for the occasion, Carol looks gorgeous in a black gown with a sheer shawl.
Nothing like adding a pop of color to get noticed!
We're seeing a trend in Carol's style, SEQUINS! The funny gal is in love with wearing the sparkly embellishments.
Carol shows off her American Comedy Award in an all pink skirt and blazer.
Wearing darker colors, Carol is seen wearing a turtleneck under a chic black blazer.
Even in the late '90s Carol can make herself laugh. The actress sure knows how to use color in her favor with this gorgeous striped skirt.
Carol Burnett is showing quite a bit of leg in this photo, wearing a skirt and matching blazer.
Pretty in purple, Carol attends the premiere of the Producers on broadway.
Carol Burnett is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, dressed in all white. She looks stunning. 
Carol poses outside at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in a purple blazer and black skirt. The funny lady always looks her best for a red carpet.
Carol Burnett attends the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in a firey red ensemble. The outfit perfectly matches her hair.
Dressed in all black, Carol is totally age appropriate in this conservative number.
While making an appearance at the Tonight Show, Carol wears a red blazer with a black turtleneck underneath.
Oversized tunics start to become Carol's red carpet staple, seen here in coral with a long necklace.
Carol Burnett poses backstage following a performance by Linda Lavin in a classic black ensemble.
Actress and comedian Carol Burnett arrives at the Hooray For Hollywood event wearing a similar black outfit with ruffles.
Carol Burnett attends the naming ceremony and plaque unveiling Of "Carol Burnett Square" in Los Angeles, wearing one of her classic white blazers.

Fox actually managed to come in No. 2 for the night thanks to a healthy boost from NFL overrun. The network saw subsequent series lifted, most notably The Simpsons. The cartoon climbed to a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49, an improvement of more than 50 percent from the most recent original. Ghosted (1.0 adults), Family Guy (1.1 adults) and TheLast Man on Earth (0.8 adults) also moved up.

ABC had new episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos (0.8 adults) and Shark Tank (0.9 adults).

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