CBS Rolls to Sunday Win

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006

NBC's NFL preseason game Sunday was a blowout, driving down viewer interest and allowing CBS to score a convincing ratings win.

For the night, CBS averaged a 6.6 rating/11 share, easily beating NBC's 4.6/8. ABC was a close third at 4.4/8. FOX, 2.7/5, came in fourth, and The WB trailed with a 1.1/2.

CBS also led among adults 18-49 with a 2.5 rating. ABC, 2.4, took second in the demographic, edging NBC's 2.3. FOX averaged 1.9 and The WB 0.7.

With Tiger Woods' PGA Championship victory as a lead-in, "60 Minutes" scored a 7.7/15 for CBS at 7 p.m. ABC was second for the hour with "America's Funniest Home Videos," 4.4/8. NBC got a 3.3/6 from the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. A "Simpsons" rerun, 2.4/5, and the Teen Choice Awards pre-show, 1.6/3, put FOX in fourth. The WB went with "Just Legal."

CBS held the lead at 8 p.m. with "Big Brother: All-Stars," 5.6/10. NBC's NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts scored a 5.0/8. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" put ABC in third. The Teen Choice Awards posted a 2.6/4 for FOX, while a "Charmed" rerun earned a 1.2/2 for The WB.

The pattern held at 9 p.m. as CBS' "Cold Case" led the field with a 6.3/10. Football on NBC improved some to 5.6/9. ABC remained in third with "Desperate Housewives," 3.7/6, while FOX's Teen Choice Awards ticked up to 3.3/5. The WB finished its night with another "Charmed."

At 10 p.m., "Without a Trace" scored a 6.7/11 for CBS. A "Grey's Anatomy" rerun, 4.8/8, moved ABC ahead of NBC's NFL game, which delivered a 4.5/8.

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