NFL preseason action between the Colts and Giants led FOX to a comfortable Sunday night win among young viewers, but CBS still ruled overall with "60 Minutes
" and "Big Brother
Meanwhile, ABC's "Whodunnit
?" rose 27 percent in the key demo for its season finale. Will that be enough to earn a second run? Who knows.
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 1.9 rating for Sunday night, well ahead of the 1.2 rating for CBS in the key demographic. ABC was third with a 1.0 key demo rating, while NBC averaged a 0.5 key demo rating.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 6.255 million viewers and a 4.1 rating/ 7 share for Sunday primetime, edging out the 3.7/6 and 5.81 million viewers for FOX. ABC was third with a 2.5/4 and 4.03 for the night, with NBC averaging 2.29 million viewers and a 1.5/3.
7 p.m. - CBS started the night in first overall with 7.32 million viewers for "60 Minutes," though the newsmagazine tied for second among adults 18-49 with a 0.9 rating. FOX's NFL preseason coverage finished second with 5.03 million viewers and won the hour with a 1.7 key demo rating. ABC's repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" was third with 4.59 million viewers and tied for second with a 0.9 key demo rating. NBC's encore of "America's Got Talent" was well behind with 2.2 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating.
8 p.m. - "Big Brother" won the 8 p.m. hour for CBS with 6.52 million viewers and was a close second with a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49, compared with the 6.5 million viewers and 2.1 key demo rating for FOX's football. ABC's "Secret Millionaire" was third with 4.73 million viewers and a 1.2 key demo rating, easily beating the 2.86 million viewers and 0.4 key demo rating for NBC's "America's Got Talent" encore.
9 p.m. -
" kept CBS in first for the 9 p.m. hour with 6.36 million viewers, but averaged only a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 for third. FOX won the hour in the key demo with a 1.9 rating, while the network's Colts-Giants coverage finished second with 5.9 million viewers overall. ABC's "Whodunnit?" finale averaged 3.67 million viewers and was up week-to-week with a 1.4 key demo rating. The first hour of NBC's "Crossing Lines" finale averaged 2.07 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
10 p.m. - A repeat of "The Mentalist" finished CBS' overall sweep with 4.82 million viewers and tied for first with a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 in the 10 p.m. hour. ABC's "Castle" repeat also did a 0.7 rating in the key demo and finished second with 3.13 million viewers. NBC's "Crossing Line" wrapped up its finale with 2.035 million viewers and a 0.4 key demo rating.
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.
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