Football Scores for NBC Sunday
NFL also boosts ratings for FOX
The first Sunday of the NFL season brought NBC a ratings win while also giving FOX a bit of a boost.
NBC easily won the night with an 8.9 rating/15 share. CBS came in second at 5.5/9, and FOX took third at 4.9/8 (all three networks had live sports in primetime, meaning their ratings are subject to change). ABC, 4.8/8, was right behind in fourth. The CW was way off the pace, registering only a 0.8/1.
Among adults 18-49, NBC's 5.8 rating led by a sizable margin. FOX grabbed second in the demographic with a 3.5. ABC, 2.5, finished third, followed by CBS, 2.1, and The CW, 0.4.
Late-ending NFL games and post-game show "The OT" averaged 6.8/12 for FOX at 7 p.m. CBS got a 5.8/10 from the end of the U.S. Open tennis tournament and "60 Minutes." NBC's "Football Night in America" earned a 4.8/8 for third. ABC went with a repeat of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which topped The CW's "Smallville" rerun, 1.0/2.
NBC moved to the lead at 8 p.m. with "Sunday Night Football," 10.0/16. CBS averaged 6.4/10 with "60 Minutes" and "Big Brother." A second hour of "EM: Home Edition" drew a 5.2/8 for ABC, beating the 4.0/6 for a pair of "Simpsons" reruns on FOX. The CW aired a "7th Heaven" rerun.
At 9 p.m., the NFL contest between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants scored an 11.1/17 for NBC. CBS finished second in households with a 5.0/8 for "Big Brother" and Cold Case." ABC, however, had a few more total viewers with a showing of "Meet the Fockers." An hour of "Family Guy" drew a 3.9/6 for FOX. The CW closed its night with a "Search for the Next Doll" rerun.
"Sunday Night Football" dropped to 9.9/16 at 10 p.m. but still kept NBC in the lead. "Meet the Fockers" posted a 5.6/10 for ABC, while "Cold Case" and "Shark" averaged 4.7/7 for CBS.
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