NBC Blitzes Sunday Rivals
The return of the
NBC averaged a 6.2 rating/11 share for the night (with those numbers likely to change a little due to the live game telecast).
NBC's margin of victory was wider in the adults 18-49 demographic, where it drew a 3.4 rating. CBS was second at 2.2, and ABC and FOX tied for third at 2.0. The WB drew an anemic 0.4.
CBS began the night on top with
NBC took over at 8 p.m. as the NFL's Hall of Fame Game between the
The NFL dipped slightly to 6.8/11 at 9 p.m., though NBC kept the lead.
CBS won the 10 p.m. hour thanks to "Without a Trace," 6.4/11. The NFL game slipped to 5.5/9 as the two teams emptied their benches. A
CBS and NBC split the rest of the weekend. On Friday, CBS' lineup of
On Saturday, a two-hour "Dateline" and "Crossing Jordan" averaged 3.8/8 to give NBC the win. CBS took second at 3.5/7, with FOX, 3.1/6, and ABC, 2.7/5, rounding out the field.