TV ratings: Peyton Manning and 'Sunday Night Football' dominate for NBC
Peyton Manning's return to the NFL brought big ratings for NBC's first "Sunday Night Football" telecast of the season. FOX also got a big boost from a late-afternoon game that bled into primetime.
NBC's numbers will likely go up in the final nationals, but currently the network stands at 20.1 million viewers and a 12.1 rating/19 share in households for the night (the game's metered-market rating of 18.0/29 also was the highest ever for a regular-season "SNF" game). FOX took second with 9.6 million viewers and a 5.8/9, beating out CBS (7.2 million, 4.7/7). ABC was a distant fourth with 2.8 million viewers and a 1.9/3.
NBC dominated the adults 18-49 demographic as well with a 7.8 rating. FOX scored an NFL-boosted 4.1 in the demo. CBS drew a 1.5 and ABC a 0.7.