TV ratings: NBC wins Sunday with NFL preseason and 'Big Brother' rises for CBS
An NFL exhibition game between the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers gave NBC an easy ratings win Sunday night. "Big Brother," meanwhile, rebounded some for CBS without the Olympics as competition, and ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" ended its summer run on an up note.
NBC delivered 8.1 million viewers and a 5.2 rating/9 share in households in primetime, numbers that will likely rise when adjustments for the live NFL telecast are made. CBS (5.6 million, 3.7/6) came in second overall. ABC took third with 3.7 million viewers and a 2.3/4, finishing a little bit ahead of FOX (3 million, 1.7/3).
The adults 18-49 title also went to NBC, which scored a 2.6 rating in the demographic. That was more than a point better than second-place FOX, 1.4. CBS drew a 1.2 and ABC a 1.0.