NBC Makes News Sunday

Fast National ratings for Sunday, July 22, 2007

A solid performance from "Dateline" helped NBC snag a ratings victory Sunday, while FOX and "The Simpsons" drew the biggest share of younger viewers.

NBC averaged a 4.5 rating/8 share in primetime, narrowly beating CBS, 4.3/8, for the top spot. ABC finished third in households at 2.9/5, but FOX, 2.7/5, drew more total viewers. The CW managed only a 0.9/2.

FOX led in the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.1 rating. NBC took second at 1.8, followed by CBS, 1.7, and ABC, 1.5. The CW came in at 0.5.

CBS' "60 Minutes" won the 7 p.m. hour with a 5.1/11. The first half of a two-hour "Dateline" drew a 3.6/6 for NBC. ABC was third with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Repeats of "'Til Death" and "King of the Hill" averaged 1.4/3 for FOX, tying for fourth with an hour of "Reba" on The CW.

"Dateline" improved to 5.5/10 at 8 p.m. to push NBC into the lead. ABC's "EM: Home Edition" and CBS' "Big Brother" tied for second at 4.2/8, with ABC holding a slim lead in viewers. A pair of "Simpsons" repeats drew a 3.0/6 for FOX. The CW went with a "7th Heaven" rerun.

At 9 p.m., a "Law & Order" rerun, 4.5/8, on NBC edged out "Cold Case," 4.4/8, on CBS for first place. FOX moved into third as two more "Simpsons" reruns averaged 3.8/7. ABC got a 2.5/4 from a "Desperate Housewives" rerun. The CW finished its night with an encore of "Supernatural."

"Law & Order: SVU," 4.5/8, kept NBC on top at 8 p.m. "Shark" posted a 3.7/7 for CBS, and a "Brothers & Sisters" rerun on ABC earned a 2.2/4.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change.