TV Ratings: NBC football barely wins against CBS, ABC strong premieres

marcia-cross-brian-austin-green-dh.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Night Football earned NBC another Sunday night win, but the ratings fell significantly from the previous week when Sunday Night Football was up against mostly reruns. The CBS premieres were hot on its heels due to some football coverage bleeding into primetime plus season debuts of "60 Minutes," "The Amazing Race" and "Undercover Boss."

In total viewers, NBC averaged 13.5 million and an 8.5 rating/14 share in households for first, but CBS was right behind with 13.3 million and an 8.0/13 for second. ABC's premieres were good for third place at 9.1 million and 5.8/9 and FOX's animation domination took fourth at 7.6 million and a 4.3/7.

Football was also good for wins in the 18-49 demo, as NBC won handily with a 5.3, followed by CBS (3.9), FOX (3.5) and ABC (2.8)

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS:
NFL football (17 million, 10.5/18)/"60 Minutes" (16.4 million, 10.2/17)
NBC: "Football Night in America" (7.4 million, 4.5/8)
FOX: "The Simpsons" reruns - two episodes (6.5 million, 3.7/6)
ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (5.5 million, 3.6/6)

18-49 leader: NFL football/"60 Minutes" (5.1)

8 p.m.

NBC: Sunday Night Football (15.7 million, 8.6/14)
CBS:  "60 Minutes" (14.3 million, 9.0/14)/"The Amazing Race" (13.6 million, 8.1/13)
ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (8.4 million, 5.3/8)
FOX: "The Simpsons" (7.8 million, 4.2/7)/"The Cleveland Show" (6.6 million, 3.6/6)

18-49 leader: Sunday Night Football (6.1)

9 p.m.

NBC: Sunday Night Football (16.1 million, 10.2/15)
ABC: "Desperate Housewives" (12.8 million, 8.0/12)
CBS: "The Amazing Race" (11.1 million, 6.3/9)
FOX: "Family Guy" - two episodes (9.1 million, 5.2/8)

18-49 leader: Sunday Night Football (6.3)

10 p.m.

NBC:
Sunday Night Football (14.8 million, 9.6/16)
CBS: "Undercover Boss" (11 million, 6.6/11)
ABC: "Brothers & Sisters" (9.6 million, 6.4/11)

18-49 leader: Sunday Night Football (6.3)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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