TV Ratings: Cowboys-Eagles game controls Sunday for NBC
NBC rules overall, with FOX and CBS battling for second in the 18-49 demo
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After a couple weeks of ceding Sunday night to FOX's World Series coverage, NBC's Sunday Night Football telecast moved back into its usual position of ratings dominance. It helped that NBC's Sunday matchup was a rivalry game between the Cowboys and Eagles, as the network won the night in all key measures.
Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 6.2 rating, doubling up the 3.1 ratings for second place FOX and CBS. ABC's 3.0 rating was fourth in the coveted demographic.
Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 16.54 million viewers to go with a 9.9 rating/16 share, far ahead of the 7.7/12 and 12.22 million viewers for CBS. ABC was third with a 6.1/10, leaving FOX to trail with a 3.7/6.
CBS actually started the night in first with an 11.8/19 for the conclusion of an afternoon football game and the majority of an episode of "60 Minutes." NBC was second with "Football Night in America." ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" had a 4.0/6 for third. FOX was fifth with a 2.9/5 for "Brothers" and "American Dad." And yes, "Brothers" had a 3.4/6 for FOX, far better than its Friday night performance, though we assume that football-based proximity had something to do with those numbers.
NBC moved into first at 9 p.m. with a 10.9/16 for the start of the Cowboys-Eagles game, which also averaged a 6.7 rating in the key demo. CBS' "60 Minutes" and "The Amazing Race" were second with a 7.8/12. ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was a sold third. FOX finished fourth with "Family Guy" (4.3/7) and "Family Guy Presents Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show" (3.9/6), which also averaged a 3.5 rating in the demo, tying with CBS for second.
Sunday Night Football stayed on top in the 9 p.m. hour, improving to an 11.9/18 for NBC. ABC's "Desperate Housewives" was second with an 8.3/13 and second in the 18-49 demo with a 4.3 rating. CBS' "The Amazing Race" and "Three Rivers" slipped to third with a 5.4/8. FOX's "Family Guy" and "The Cleveland Show" kept pace with the previous hour.
NBC closed in first with an 11.2/19 for its NFL coverage. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" had a 5.9/10 for second, leaving "Three Rivers" and "Cold Case" in third.
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.