ABC Sacks NFL Sunday

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006

The NFL helped CBS score a narrow win among in Sunday's household ratings, but ABC had more viewers and better numbers in the adults 18-49 demographic.

For the night, CBS averaged a 9.5/15 share to edge ABC's 9.2/15; ABC, however, had slightly more total viewers (14.72 million to BCS 14.67 million). NBC came in third with an 8.2/13. FOX, 3.9/6, finished fourth, and The CW's new Sunday lineup trailed with a 1.6/3.

Among adults 18-49, ABC's 5.6 rating led the way. NBC finished second in the advertisers' favorite demographic with a 4.9, while CBS took third at 4.3. FOX averaged 3.0 and The CW 1.1.

Late-ending NFL games and "60 Minutes" scored an 11.4/20 for CBS at 7 p.m. The season premiere of "America's Funniest Home Videos," 5.6/10, put ABC in second. NBC's "Football Night in America" was third at 5.1/8. FOX went with reruns of "The Simpsons" and "'Til Death." The CW had the season premieres of "Everybody Hates Chris," 1.6/3, and "All of Us," 1.4/2.

There was a three-way tie for the lead at 8 p.m., with ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," CBS' "60 Minutes" and "The Amazing Race" and NBC's "Sunday Night Football" all drawing an 8.7/14 (ABC led in viewers, followed by NBC and CBS). FOX got a 4.2/7 from second episodes of "The Simpsons" and "'Til Death," while "Girlfriends" and "The Game" averaged 1.7/3 for The CW.

ABC took the outright lead at 9 p.m. with "Desperate Housewives," 13.2/20. "Sunday Night Football," featuring the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks," improved to 10.2/15 for NBC. The conclusion of "The Amazing Race" and "Cold Case" drew an 8.3/12 for CBS. FOX was a distant fourth with a "Family Guy" rerun, 4.2/7, and "The War at Home," 3.5/5. The CW aired an "America's Next Top Model" rerun.

At 10 p.m., the end of "Cold Case" and "Without a Trace" combined for a 9.8/16 on CBS. ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" posted a 9.1/15, and the Bears-Seahawks game on NBC dipped to 8.8/15.

On Saturday, ABC's prime-time college football and NBC's lineup of "Dateline" and a "Law & Order: SVU" rerun tied for the top spot at 4.9/9 (ABC led in viewers). FOX averaged 3.5/7 and CBS 3.4/6.

  • Ratings information is taken from fast national data, which 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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