Fast National ratings for Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009.
A protracted overtime between the Jets and Bills pushed into CBS' primetime and helped the network claim Sunday night overall, while NBC's matchup between the the Falcons and Bears led to a demographic win for the evening.
Among adults 18-49, NBC won the night with a 4.8 rating, beating the 4.0 rating for CBS. FOX and ABC tied for third in the key demographic with a 3.2 rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 13.84 million viewers to go with an 8.6 rating/14 share. NBC was a solid second with a 7.6/12, followed closely by ABC's 6.6/10. FOX was a distant fourth with a 3.8/6.
CBS began the night in first with a 12.7/21 for the Jets-Bills overtime. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" had a 4.7/8 for second, beating the 3.8/6 for NBC's "Football Night in America." FOX's repeats of "The Cleveland Show" and "The Simpsons" finished fourth.
The end of the football game plus 45 minutes of "60 Minutes" averaged a 10.0/15 for CBS in the 8 p.m. hour. The start of NBC's Sunday Night Football game was second for the hour with a 7.6/12. ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" finished third, well ahead of the 4.5/7 averaged by FOX's "The Simpsons" (the annual "Treehouse of Horrors" episode) and "The Cleveland Show."
NBC moved into first at 9 p.m. with a 9.5/14 for the football game. ABC's "Desperate Housewives" was second with an 8.6/13, beating CBS' "60 Minutes" and "The Amazing Race" combo. FOX's "Family Guy" and "American Dad" averaged a 4.2/6 for fourth.
The Falcons and Bears stayed steady for NBC in the 10 p.m. hour. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" had a 6.6/11 for second. CBS was third with "The Amazing Race" and "Three Rivers," taking a big drop at the half-hour when the freshman medical drama was in play.
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.
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.