Fast National ratings for Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009.

The kickoff of the NFL preseason helped NBC to a Sunday night victory, as viewers showed minimal interest in the 10th anniversary return of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire."

Among adults 18-49, NBC averaged a 2.4 rating, topping the 1.7 rating for CBS and FOX's 1.5 rating. ABC was fourth in the key demographic with a 1.3 rating, leaving The CW in last with a 0.3 rating.

Overall, NBC averaged an estimated 7.09 million viewers to go with a 4.5 rating/8 share. CBS was a close second with a 4.2/8, comfortably ahead of the 3.1/5 for ABC and FOX's 2.0/4. The CW had a 0.7/1 for fifth on the night.

CBS began the night in first with a 5.8/11 for "60 Minutes." An episode of "Dateline NBC" was second, just ahead of ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos." FOX's "'Til Death" and "American Dad" averaged a 1.1/2 for fourth, bettering the 0.5/1 for a new "Easy Money" on The CW.

NBC took the lead at 8 p.m. with a 5.1/9 for the start of the NFL preseason game between Tennessee and Buffalo. ABC's "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" had a 4.4/8 for second, nipping the 4.3/8 for "Big Brother," but "Millionaire" averaged only a 1.5 rating in the key demo, behind NBC, CBS and even FOX, which was fourth overall with two episodes of "The Simpsons." The CW's Random Sunday Movie was "Pumpkin," which had a 0.8/1.

The football game kept NBC in first at 9 p.m. with a 4.9/8. CBS moved into second with the premiere of "There Goes the Neighborhood," which had a 3.1/5. Also failing to draw a big crowd for its premiere was ABC's "Shark Tank," posting a 2.7/4. FOX's "Family Guy" and "American Dad" were fourth with a 2.6/4, leaving The CW's "Pumpkin" in fifth.

NBC stayed in first at 10 p.m. with a 4.0/7 for the football game. CBS' "Cold Case" was second, as ABC's "Defying Gravity" fell to a 1.8/3 in its second week.


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.