TV ratings: NFL on NBC blitzes Sunday competition

almichaels_sundaynightfootball_290.jpgFast National ratings for Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009

The Daytime Emmy Awards brought The CW its best Sunday ratings in a long time -- but also the lowest numbers for the awards in a long time -- while NBC sailed to an easy win thanks to a preseason NFL game.

NBC averaged 8.8 million viewers and a 5.5 rating/10 share in households for the night, numbers that will change some in final nationals because of the live broadcast. CBS (6.5 million, 4.2/7) finished second, a good bit in front of third-place ABC (4.9 million, 3.0/5). FOX took fourth with just over 4 million viewers and a 2.2/4, while the Daytime Emmys brought 2.2 million viewers and a 1.6/3 to The CW.

NBC also won the adults 18-49 demographic with a 2.8 rating, finishing a point better than FOX's 1.8. CBS, 1.6, took third, followed closely by ABC at 1.5. The CW drew a 0.5.

The hour-by-hour numbers:

7 p.m.

CBS: "60 Minutes" (9.4 million viewers, 6.2/12 households)
ABC: "America's Funniest Home Videos" rerun (6.3 million, 3.7/7)
NBC: "Dateline" (5.3 million, 3.5/7)
FOX: "'Til Death" rerun (2.2 million, 1.3/3)/"American Dad" rerun (2.4 million, 1.4/3)
The CW: Daytime Emmy Awards red carpet (1.2 million, 0.9/2)

18-49 leader: "America's Funniest Home Videos" (1.7)

8 p.m.

NBC: NFL preseason - Chicago at Denver (10 million, 6.2/11)
CBS: "Big Brother 11" (7.4 million, 4.5/8)
ABC: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" rerun (5.8 million, 3.5/6)
FOX: "The Simpsons" reruns - two episodes (4.9 million, 2.7/5)
The CW: 36th annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2.5 million, 1.9/3)

18-49 leader: NFL preseason (3.1)

9 p.m.

NBC: NFL preseason (10.9 million, 6.8/11)
FOX: "Family Guy" rerun (5.2 million, 2.9/5)/"American Dad" rerun (4.4 million, 2.5/4)
ABC: "Shark Tank" (4.8 million, 3.0/5)
CBS: "There Goes the Neighborhood" (3.9 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: Daytime Emmy Awards (2.8 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: NFL preseason (3.7)

10 p.m.

NBC: NFL preseason (8.9 million, 5.6/10)
CBS: "Cold Case" rerun (5.4 million, 3.6/6)
ABC: "Defying Gravity" (2.5 million, 1.7/3)

18-49 leader: NFL preseason (3.3)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.

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