NFL Sacks Emmy Ratings
FOX wins night overall, but awards take hit
The Emmy Awards eked out a ratings win for FOX Sunday, but NBC's "Sunday Night Football" sent the trophy show to some of its lowest ratings of the past decade.
For the night, FOX averaged a 7.7 rating/13 share, narrowly beating NBC's 7.4/12. CBS finished third at 6.3/10 (both CBS and NBC had live sports airing in primetime, so their numbers are likely to change some). ABC took fourth with a 3.5/6, and The CW barely registered with a 0.8/1.
NBC captured the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 4.8 rating. FOX took second in the key demographic at 4.0, followed by CBS at 2.8. ABC drew a 2.0, and The CW fell well below the 1.0 line.
With help from late-ending NFL games, "60 Minutes" scored a 9.4/16 for CBS at 7 p.m. FOX's Emmy pre-show earned a 5.3/9 to take second, ahead of "Football Night in America," 4.6/8, on NBC. A repeat of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was fourth for ABC. The CW aired a "Smallville" rerun.
The 59th annual Primetime Emmys, 8.2/13, moved FOX into the lead at 8 p.m. "Sunday Night Football," featuring the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers, snagged a 7.9/13 for NBC. CBS' "Big Brother," 6.5/10, finished third, and "EM: Home Edition" improved to 4.7/8 for ABC. The CW went with "7th Heaven."
NBC's NFL game took over the top spot at 9 p.m., posting a 9.4/16 for the hour. The Emmys, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, delivered an 8.8/14. A "Cold Case" rerun averaged 4.7/7 for CBS. The movie "Anchorman," 3.2/5, put ABC in fourth, while "The Search for the Next Doll" finished The CW's night.
At 10 p.m., the Emmys regained the lead for FOX with an 8.5/15. "Sunday Night Football" posted a 7.6/13 for NBC. "Shark" delivered a 4.8/8 for CBS, and "Anchorman" concluded with a 2.9/5 on ABC.
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