TV Ratings: NBC football Scores, 'The Gates' close quietly on ABC

the-gates-ratings.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, September 19, 2010

The last official Sunday of summer TV (read: reruns) was another big one for "Sunday Night Football," which won the night in overall viewers and key demos for NBC.

Football also buoyed CBS's ratings during the 7:00 p.m. hour, with coverage bleeding into "60 Minutes."

All in all, NBC averaged 17.0 million viewers and a 10.3 rating/17share in households, beating CBS's 12.2 million average and a 7.6/13. FOX placed third with 4.42 million and a 2.7/4. ABC didn't fare so hot, with its the finale of its summer series "The Gates" bringing it down to last place, with 4.16 million and a 2.6/4.

NBC took the lead in the 18-49 demo with a 6.7 rating, followed by CBS (3.5), FOX (2.0) and ABC (1.1).

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

CBS:
"60 Minutes"(21.35 million viewers, 13.0/23 households)
NBC: "Football Night in America" (8.4 million, 5.1/9)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (5.9 million, 3.6/6)
FOX: "Family Guy" reruns - two episodes (3.2 million, 2.0/4)

18-49 leader: "60 Minutes" (7.1)

8 p.m.

NBC: NBC Sunday Night Football (19.5 million, 11.7/19)
CBS:  "Undercover Boss" rerun (11.4 million, 7.3/12)
ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" rerun (5.13 million, 3.2/5)
FOX: "The Simpsons" rerun (4.8 million, 2.8/5)/"Family Guy" rerun (4.9 million, 3.0/5)

18-49 leader: NBC Sunday Night Football (7.5)

9 p.m.

NBC: NBC Sunday Night Football (22.7 million, 13.7/21)
CBS: "Undercover Boss" rerun (8.5 million, 5.4/8)
FOX: "Family Guy" reruns - two episodes (5.2 million, 3.1/5)
ABC: "The Gates" (2.8 million, 1.8/3)

18-49 leader: NBC Sunday Night Football (9.0)

10 p.m.

NBC:
NBC Sunday Night Football (17.4 million, 10.9/19)
CBS: "CSI: Miami" rerun 7.4 million, 4.7/8)
ABC: "The Gates" (2.8 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: NBC Sunday Night Football (7.4)

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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