TV ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' scores for NBC, NFL boosts FOX too

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cowboys-giants-sep-8-rtgs.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013

The first full day of the 2013 NFL season helped a couple of networks Sunday. NBC ruled the night with its "Sunday Night Football" matchup featuring the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants, and FOX got a boost from its late-afternoon games running into primetime.

NBC's NFL coverage was down some in the fast nationals from its Sunday opener last year, but it was still far and away the night's top show. The U.S. Open women's final delayed the start of CBS' lineup by about an hour, pushing "Big Brother" and "Unforgettable" down a little bit.

NBC brought in 18.7 million viewers and an 11.1 rating/18 share in households in primetime, pending updates for its live broadcast. FOX (9.9 million, 5.8/9) currently stands in second, while CBS (7.2 million, 4.6/7) is third. ABC trailed with 3.95 million viewers and a 2.5/4.

NBC also led the 18-49 demographic by a wide margin, posting a 7.2 rating in primetime. FOX scored a 3.9 thanks in large part to its NFL runover. CBS averaged 1.6 and ABC 0.9.

Sunday hour by hour:

7 p.m.

FOX:
NFL runover/"The OT" (20.6 million viewers, 12.2/21 households)
CBS: U.S. Open runover (8.1 million, 5.3/9)
NBC: "Football Night in America" (7.6 million, 4.5/8)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (4.8 million, 3.0/5)

18-49 leader: NFL runover/"The OT" (7.7)

8 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" - Giants/Cowboys (21.5 million, 12.6/20)
CBS: "60 Minutes" (8.8 million, 5.6/9)
FOX: "The Simpsons" rerun (6.5 million, 3.9/6)/"Bob's Burgers" rerun (4.1 million, 2.3/4)
ABC: "Shark Tank" rerun(3.6 million, 2.3/4)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (8.3)

9 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" (23.95 million, 14.2/21)
CBS: "Big Brother" (6.8 million, 4.2/6)
ABC: "Secret Millionaire" season finale (4.3 million, 2.8/4)
FOX: "Family Guy" reruns - two episodes (3.6 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (9.2)

10 p.m.

NBC:
"Sunday Night Football" (21.8 million, 13.0/21)
CBS: "Unforgettable" season finale (5.2 million, 3.4/6)
ABC: "Castle" rerun (3 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: "Sunday Night Football" (8.8)

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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