Fast National ratings for Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009.

NBC's Sunday Night Football coverage of the Steelers and Chargers dominated the primetime, holding back FOX's animation and rendering the night's only premiere, CBS' "Three Rivers," largely irrelevant.

Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 5.2 rating, just ahead of the 4.8 rating for FOX in the key demographic. ABC's 3.4 rating was third, leaving CBS in fourth with a 2.3 rating. The CW wasn't really programming, but did a 0.4/1.

Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 13.2 million viewers to go with an 8.0 rating/13 share. ABC's 6.8/11, CBS' 6.5/11 and FOX's 6.1/10 followed closely. The CW trailed with a 0.9/1.

FOX started the night in first with an 8.7/15 for NFL overrun and repeats. CBS' "60 Minutes" (actually starting and ending on time in most of the country) was a close second with an 8.3/14. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" was third with a 4.5/8, just nipping NBC's "Football Night in America." The CW was fifth.

NBC moved into first at 8 p.m. with the start of the game between Pittsburgh and San Diego, which had a 9.1/14 for the hour. ABC's "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" was second overall with a 7.2/11. CBS' "The Amazing Race" had a 5.9/9 for third. While FOX's "The Simpsons" and "The Cleveland Show" were fourth overall with a 5.0/8, they finished second in the key demo with a 4.3 rating. The CW, of course, trailed.

The NBC NFL coverage was up to a 10.0/15 in the 9 p.m. hour, just ahead of the 9.0/14 for ABC's "Desperate Housewives," which also had a 4.9 rating in the demo to finish second. CBS' "Three Rivers" premiere had a 5.7/9, averaging 9.17 million viewers. While "Three Rivers" finished third overall, topping the 4.8/7 for FOX's "Family Guy" and "American Dad," FOX's comedies had a 4.2 demo rating, compared to the 2.0 rating for CBS (down from a 2.8 rating for "The Amazing Race"). The CW? Yes. Fifth.

NBC hold onto first at 10 p.m. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" was second with a 6.5/11, while CBS' "Cold Case" improved on its lead-in to a 6.2/10.


All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.


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.